As an evangelical who attends a congregation that has replaced hymnals in the pews with PowerPoint on a jumbo-screen, I’m in no position to mock other church’s use of technology. But I thought it’d be fun to throw this out as red meat for my old-school Catholic readers:
Monsignor Donald Sakano, of Old St. Patricks Cathedral, in Little Italy . . . has long since stopped feeling embarrassed when people ask him tricky theological questions and he has to Google the answers. Before, I would just have to look smart and try to respond to them, he says. Now he never gets it wrong. Sakano sees tremendous potential in the Catholic Churchs embrace of the digital. He is currently working on a project to outfit Old St. Pats sanctuary with flat-panel monitors in a way that wont disrupt the vertical sight lines of the Gothic design. Ideally, he told me, wed have tiny screens on the back of the pews, like at the Metropolitan opera. Can you imagine? Wed be able to send parishioners personalized messages. He wonders if a digital offertory could be incorporated into the mass somehow, so that the moment of giving would be preserved, but people wouldnt have to carry cash. And he thinks that digitizing all the books in the church would help with the clutter problem: the Catholic Church is currently making changes to the mass (a version more faithful to the original Latin goes into effect on November 27th), he told me, and new books and hymnals have been pouring in. Wouldnt it be better without these big, fat books?
(Via: The American Conservative )