Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, who has been evangelizing through his Twitter account for a long time, and who no longer holds any position in the Roman Curia due to his age, decided not only not to close his account, but to intensify his presence on the network even more.
“When I retired from the Department of Culture, I decided to change my attitude. I ask questions, I want to communicate,” said the cardinal in an interview with a well-known Italian daily La Repubblica. He said that he received a lot of feedback, including negative ones, after writing about the popular TV program The X Factor (in Italy). “But it’s an encouragement for others to say what they want about cultural figures.”
Asked about haters, the cardinal said he had them, but the number had now dwindled. He said that when he announced the phrase of the song of the Ukrainians who won the Eurovision Song Festival, which was quite innocent, insults from Putinists poured in. Now it happens less often.
When asked about the attitude after E. Musk bought the tweet, the cardinal said with a smile that he thought about it and that in the panorama of the current culture, if elements of censorship were introduced in the majority (3/4) of cases, then it would not be necessary to stay. However, his example is “Christ who was systematically in bad company!”, G. Ravasi said and added that if the censorship reached an extreme degree, then he would have to condemn it and leave.
After several more questions about Musk and Trump’s role in tweeting, Cardinal Ravasi mentioned the most important characteristics of tweeting, comparing them to the basics of religious communication: the essence and the need to choose topics. And to the question of whether we can evangelize through Twitter, the cardinal answered briefly:
“You could say that Christ used tweets!” It is the conclusion of scholarly exegetes that Jesus’ speaking style was similar, illogion is a Greek word that means a short phrase. Fig. “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” “A successful tweet is contemporary illogon. Nowadays, one does not read the entire sermon, even if it was written by the Pope. You can’t blow against the wind!”, the cardinal told the interviewer.
He was reminded in the conversation that he recently misled more than just his own account followers by quoting a phrase he mistakenly attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, and a little later, this phrase was repeated by the current Prime Minister of Italy G. Meloni in the election campaign. Cardinal G. Ravasi admitted his guilt of “quote by quote” and mentioned one similar example from St. John Paul II’s letter to artists (1999), in which one statement is attributed to Marc Chagall that “Holy Scripture has become a kind of iconographic atlas that has nourished Christian culture and art.” But the artist never said that, but it’s basically true. (SAK / Vatican News)
Cardinal G. Ravasi presents a prize to a football player of the Vatican team