While the COVID-19 pandemic led many Catholic dioceses and organizations to find creative ways to communicate the Gospel online, digital evangelization is not a replacement for personal encounter, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said.
“There are some facts of life that cannot be digitalized and cannot remain digitalized. We are corporeal beings. We need contact,” Cardinal Tagle said at a live-streamed Vatican press conference on October 21.
“As we thank the digital media for its blessings, let us not forget that … there are other intelligences that need to be developed,” he said. (Read: Cardinal Tagle: An Encounter with the Lord is Always Missionary)
The cardinal stressed that in addition to their digital savvy, young people need to also develop relational and emotional intelligence. In line, the cardinal noted that social media limits people in appreciating the Word of God. Using Twitter as an example, Cardinal Tagle pointed that with its character limit, “you don’t have an appreciation anymore of the complexity of context.”
He said that “a certain comportment of mind and heart” and intelligence is needed to generate trust again at a time when there is “a lot of distrust” in the world. (Read: ‘Techie Saint’ to Be Beatified This Week)
“We need living witnesses. Those who, through their … witness of life through their quality of relationships, through their compassion for the poor, would give a living announcement of the Gospel,” Cardinal Tagle said.