I received an email from the Austin Diocese the other day wondering if this blog operates on the approval of our diocese. In writing back, I responded somewhat flippantly with the question, “Which diocese covers the Internet?” The point I was trying to make was, of course, that there isn’t a diocese that covers this blog nor the Internet as the Internet has a global reach.
Later, a crazy idea crossed my mind, should there be a diocese that covers the Internet?
Pope Benedict XVI has described the Internet as a “Digital Continent” with our mission to go forth and evangelize in this new land. Diocese are geographic in nature, but if you think of the Internet as a virtual world as some parts of it have been described, perhaps this suggestion isn’t as far fetched as it sounds. Today, people are increasingly spending more of their free time and consequently their lives online. If this is where people “live”, isn’t it the church’s mission to joyful teach and spread our faith wherever we are?