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Friday 20 May 2016, by SIGNIS

London, May, 20th, 2016 (Catholicherald). "Many Catholics on the internet are uncharitable and disturbed individuals”, Fr. Thomas Rosica, the Vatican’s English-language media advisor, has said.

During a speech at the DeSales Media Group of Brooklyn diocese, he said: “Many of my non-Christian and non-believing friends have remarked to me that we ‘Catholics’ have turned the internet into a cesspool of hatred, venom and vitriol, all in the name of defending the faith! The character assassination on the internet by those claiming to be Catholic and Christian has turned it into a graveyard of corpses strewn all around.”

He described internet bloggers and commentators as “obsessed, scrupulous, self-appointed, nostalgia-hankering virtual guardians of faith or of liturgical practices”. Fr. Rosica urged Catholics to pray for such people, “who never found a platform or pulpit in real life and so resort to the Internet and become trolling pontiffs and holy executioners.”

Fr Rosica said Catholics should be known online, not as “the people who are against everyone and everything”, but as people who have something positive to offer – “the Good News that the Lord has asked us to spread”.

He praised Pope Francis for “rebranding” the Church and for encouraging a practice of dialogue. “Let us learn from him how to model this badly needed kindness, goodness, mercy and joy to a wounded world and broken humanity around us,” Fr Rosica said.

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