The Church and the Digital World

Source: FSSPX News

The American digital technology giants of GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon) constitute a sort of board of directors that reigns over the world’s economy. 

Since Christians are very active online, the Church pleads in favor of Christian social ethics for the digital world.

Scientists gathered in Berlin on November 15 and 16, 2017, for a meeting of the Centesimus Annos Foundation, in order to draw up proposals for the general organization of society with regards to the technological revolution we are living through today. There was a debate between the speakers and participants on the questions of artificial intelligence and the possibility of using it ethically.

During the debates, Domingo Sugranyes Bickel, president of the Foundation, warned that “in the dynamic of the digital era, humanity runs the risk of being considered only as an object”. 

Bishop Everard J. de Jong, auxiliary bishop of Ruremonde in the Netherlands, stressed that although social networks have made it possible for the user to connect with the entire world, “the individual user finds himself alone” and “without empathy” for the “suffering of others”.

The prelate called for resistance: “There must be a different point of view, a thought, a policy, an educational program, a lifestyle and a spirituality that are a resistance against the advancement of the technocratic paradigm,” he declared.