Catholic Church in the Age of Digital Formats

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* Presentation: The Church in the age of Digital Formats: New possibilities, New responsibilities. by Marco Fioretti



"The nature of our age demands that the Catholic Church produces documents, and communicates, digitally, more and more every year. So far, however, very little attention has been paid to whether the usual, mainstream tools that many others already use are, indeed, technically suitable for the Church. Or if mainstream legal formulas and licenses are the most effective ones. For example, if the official words of the Church are meant to be forever, does it make sense to convey them through files or digital channels that may become unusable in just a few years? If they are meant to reach everybody, shouldn't they be accessible from every computer? How will Catholics of 2100 be sure that an Encyclical or other similar documents, only available to them in digital form, are exactly the same words that came out of the Vatican one century earlier? The meeting explains why this is an ethical problem, NOT a technical problem that could be delegated to software professionals and forgotten, and suggests some practical ways to deal with it." (

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