The Catholic social dilemma: Figuring out when our screens are a blessing – or a curse

Vol. 5 | No. 29 | November 27-December 4, 2020

For years, the internet has been a place where Catholics can find spiritual inspiration, start friendships, and even spread the Gospel. But at a moment when the negative effects of phenomena like “surveillance capitalism” and screen addiction are becoming more obvious, should the Church be showing us how to unplug, too? Starting on Page 10, veteran religion journalist Ann Rodgers poses that question to some of the most important voices in Catholic media, and on Page 15, hears from a UCLA scholar advising the Vatican on how screens are affecting our brains.

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