A Patron Saint for Hopeless Clickers (washingtonpost.com) (Washington Post, January 28, 2003): The Archangel Gabriel is one of Christianity's great communicators -- it was he who brought word to Mary that she would give birth to Jesus, the Bible says. So it was only natural that when a search began for a patron saint for the Internet, Gabriel's name arose. [...] The web site, www.santiebeati.it, is soliciting votes with the aim of having an Internet patron saint named by Easter. "We had lots of requests for a patron, so we decided the Internet was the best tool for finding one," said Roberto Diani, an Internet adviser for Italy's Conference of Bishops. The official choice will be made by the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Cult and Discipline of Sacrament.
The question does arise: whatever FOR? Hasn't the Vatican got anything better to do? Does the Internet really need an entity overseeing its wires and fibers and computers and electrons ... well, OK, scratch that last question. It can always use a little bit of help, really. Nonetheless, the question remains: why on earth are they bothering?
The pope evidently regards the making of saints as a teaching aid.
... You know, that would seem to be an improper use of beatification, somehow. But then, I'm probably quite unclear on what the making of saints is actually forPosted by iain at January 30, 2003 12:57 PM
The purpose of Saints is to keep one's mind off the altar boys. Did I say that out loud? Oops. Mea culpa,
And I still say the patron saint of the internet should be Saint Emily of Latella, because, with the internet, "it's always something."Posted by Cowboy Kahlil at February 4, 2003 08:23 AM
What for? To counter the dread influence of the daimon Shub-Internet, Beast of a Thousand Processes, Eater of Characters, Avatar of Line Noise, of course!