Priests Make Use of Social Media to Reach Their Flocks
By Christine A. Smyczynski
. . .Another priest who is active on social media is Dominican Father Thomas Petri, vice president and academic dean at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. Father Petri has more than 10,000 followers on Twitter (Twitter.com/petriop?lang=en), which tends to skew younger demographically than Facebook.
“I think of social media as a new public square, where people are gathering virtually to discuss the news of the day and things that are meaningful to them,” explained Father Petri, “although this is only an analogy, because you’re not physically present with each other, and that can lead to all sorts of misunderstandings. The presence of priests on social media is just like the presence of priests in any other secular setting: We represent the Church and the sacred in the midst of the world.”