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Media, Polarization, and the Gospel, with Deacon Matthew Kuna
26th September 2021 • Church Life Today • Church Life Today
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What happens online does not stay online. The borders between the digital world and

the flesh and blood world have become rather porous. The ways we think, speak,

and act in the digital environment bears meaning for how we think, speak, and

act offline, and vice versa, at least to some extent. When we search around in

media for Catholic voices, or for how Catholics engage with each other in the

digital space, what we find is conduct that is often far from charitable, and

content that leads more readily to polarization than communion. What is the

impact, then, of digital media and the ways of being that are fashioned in

digital space on concrete Catholic communities, like the parish?

My guest today is paying close attention to these phenomena and working

to help develop ways and habits of communicating that are more conducive to the

Gospel. Deacon Matthew Kuna is a transitional deacon in the Diocese of

Allentown, who is finishing up his study and formation for the priesthood at

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. He is also a member of the

inaugural cohort in the McGrath Institute for Church Life’s Church

Communications Ecology Program, where pastors, lay ministers, and educators are

called to respond to the myriad pastoral challenges raised by life in the

digital age. He joins me to talk about the ways in which our environments shape

us––especially the digital environment––and how we might create better

conditions for disciples to be formed for healthy, responsible, and discerning

engagement in our increasingly digital world.