Preachers of the Word listen! Become Twiplomats to connect with people – dr. james kottoor (Chicago)
The latest news is Francis Pappa is the top Twiplomat today with 36.2 million followers on his Twitter. Donald Trump has only 35.3 million, nearly one million less. So, who are the preachers of this world spreading good or bad news, sowing good or bad seeds?
By their fruits you shall know them, says the scripture. By your routine pointless weekly sermons, you priestly preachers, what have you achieved? Surely you did succeed to lull those on the pews to sleep and dream, not to listen and react. But see what Francis Pappa, just one person, has achieved to become the top person listened to among world leaders, and thus become the preacher par excellence today
We are publishing this report (see report below) with a special request to readers to keep this data stored for future reference and comparative study when we will have to discuss it again.
In a secularized, non-religious, anti-religious, mundane, worldly world, what can a solitary preachy Pope can do as the head of the smallest state in the world? So do people think of him or of the endless list of God-men, Gurus, Swamijies, Sales men of various religions and fake divines, some of whose genitals, not tongues, got chopped off in India.
Goebbelism rules roost
No doubt we are living in a crazy world where Goebbelsian lies rules roost. Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels was a German politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. His philosophy was: "Repeat a lie a thousand times and it becomes the truth." Hitler used Goebbels as his propaganda man to convince the Germans believe, only Hitler could save them from worst condition of their life?
To a great extend, is not this what a great president Trump in US, a Modi in India, an Erdogan in Turkey and many other world leaders are doing, not only to mislead the unthinking but, more important, to make the all too credulous common folks believe in half-truths, alt-truth, post-truth, fake truth and downright lies?
Children of darkness
It is about them the scripture says that the children of this world, of darkness, are wiser than the children of Light (Lk.16.8). This has got ever so many applications. If the Pope is writing on twitter, it is not because he wants to shine as a Pop-star but because he wants to be where the people are to spread the good word – on the twitter, face book, the internet of instant communication and not in the sacristies of the churches or in the air-conditioned comfort halls of great cathedrals which are all deserted these days especially in Europe and Americas. Hence the Pope’s repeated clarion call: “Get out of the church of the sacristy. Go to the peripheries to preach” from the very start of his pontificate.
He can only speak and exhort his bishops and priestly class around the world; he can’t” enforce his orders by a military force which he does not have. The only duty, or mission, Jesus entrusted his follower is this: “Go and spread this good news to the whole world: love one another; do to others what you would like to be done by.” Now he has shown by his own example, that this can be done. He has done it (ab esse ad posse valet illation) that is, from the fact it is done, it is proof that it can be repeated any number of times by any number of people. And what is the lessons for Church men, especially bishops and priests? They are two.
First: 1. “Stop the craze for building small or big churches, or buying any number unused Churches put up for sale in US and Europe. 2. It is also an advise for pious lay people is: “Never give donations to so called poor missionaries begging for money to build churches and five star hospitals”. The preachers of good news, priests and bishops should never touch money, the mammon of iniquity. "It is not right for us to neglect the preaching of God’s word in order to handle finances”(Acts 6.2) Refer the first chapters of Acts to see how the first Christian community lived.
Think of St. Paul today
If a saint Paul were alive today, he would never have undertaken all those dangerous journies by sea – always in danger (simper in periculis) — but would have simply sat tight in his room in front of a computer to talk to the Twitterati – the whole world of those above 20 who are constantly on their mobiles, constantly checking their e-mails, twitter, whatsapp etc. You don’t get them in the Churches to listen to your sermons but they are constantly attentive to what comes to them through the internet. And the lesson? 1.No youngster should be ordained priests, unless he is an internet expert, at least in writing 140 meaningful words in a twitter. 2. Spreading the good word through internet must be made compulsory in seminaries.
So this is a call to the so-called professional preachers of the Good news, good word, to imitate Pope Francis by becoming Twiplomats. Twitter addicts in the world today are 356 million, That is no small number. Religious leaders on Twitter in contrast, appear to be further behind. With 14.1 million followers the Dalai Lama is the only figure to come anywhere near the Pope’s enormous following.
Internet, twitter and all associated popular forms of communication are the practical working modes of spreading the good word on spiritual life, social life, family life, political life, economic life or anything connected with a good human life which should necessarily include land, labour and lodging for every one according to Francis. james kottoor, editor, ccv.
Please read below the report on world’s top Twiplomats
Pope Francis tops World leaders with highest twitter following – By Rose Gamble, in the Tablet, UK, 08 August 2017
Pope Francis currently has the highest Twitter following, although with over 35.3 million followers Donald Trump is not far behind
ope Francis has the highest Twitter following of all the world’s leaders, a study has revealed. Combining all of the pontiff’s nine Twitter accounts in various languages, Francis claims a total following on the social media platform of 36.2 million.
According to an analysis by Twiplomacy, a group that tracks the social media use of world leaders, Pope Francis currently has the highest Twitter following, although with over 35.3 million followers US President Donald Trump is not far behind.
Pope Francis’s two most popular tweets appear to refer to Donald Trump’s policies. “I invite you not to build walls but bridges, to conquer evil with good, offence with forgiveness, to live in peace with everyone”, Francis posted on March 18, 2017.
A month earlier the pontiff wrote: “How often in the Bible the Lord asks us to welcome migrants and foreigners, reminding us that we too are foreigners!”Following Trump in Twiplomacy’s world leader listing is Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, with 30 million followers, while Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is in seventh place with around 10 million followers.
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s account has just 376,000 followers, although the official account of the British Prime Minister, @number10gov, has a substantial 5.33 million followers.
“Twitter is the social media channel of choice for governments and foreign ministries,” Twiplomacy conclude. Their research team, they add, identified 856 Twitter accounts belonging to heads of state and government, and foreign ministers in 178 countries, representing 92 percent of all UN member states, with a combined audience of 356 million followers.
Religious leaders, in contrast, appear to be further behind. With 14.1 million followers the Dalai Lama is the only figure to come anywhere near the Pope’s enormous following.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has 110,000 followers. The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Nichols, has 7,221. (PICTURE: Pope Francis' Twitter account in English @pontifex. The account is one of nine covering various various languages)