Friday, November 30, 2012

Chairman (Episcopal Commission for Seminaries)

Digital culture and the virtual reality, form an integral part of our complex human reality. As it is evident in our world, the constantly glorified pragmatism of Internet-based technologies, can blind us to the enormity of its power to degrade the “human”, who in his totality is “Created in the image and likeness of God” (Genesis 1, 27). Hence, in his 2009 World Communication Day message, Holy Father Pope Benedict XI invites us to use new computer technologies creatively and correctly to help people meet the human longing to connect with others and share the search for goodness, beauty and truth.

When considering the utility and the popularity of digital information cum communication devices, especially among the young, I congratulate the National Seminary Philosophate Community for this timely and proactive initiative that would surely enhance its commitment to “prepare a perfect people” (Parare Plebem Perfectam) fit for the service of reconciliation and truth. I wish that this venture would strengthen the sense of mission and its compelling obligation ‘to proclaim that which we have seen and heard’ (1 John 1, 3). 

May God Bless You!

Most Rev. Dr. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith
Archbishop of Colombo