ZENIT.ORG: Good News and Bad News
Why hide the connection?
September 8, 2006 / Volume CXXXIII, Number 15
Spreading the News
A Report on Europe's New Evangelization
Zenit (www.zenit.org) is a Rome-based free Internet news provider and self-proclaimed instrument of evangelization. Each weekday Zenit sends out church news in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and German; a weekly
Like CASE, Zenit knows that modern people, especially young people, are to be found on the Internet. Its approach is ideally suited to the present pope, who, while lacking the telegenic charisma of his predecessor, does have a gift for writing clear and inspiring texts, statements that imaginatively
Like Sant'Egidio, Zenit has grown remarkably, recently boosting its daily reader count from three hundred fifty thousand to over four hundred thousand in an aggressive Christmas subscription campaign. Evangelizers take note: Zenit doesn't wait for people to visit; it goes to them. And who else can claim such rapid progress in reaching so many Catholics at so little cost?
But I do have one serious reservation. Zenit's Web site lists the agency's owner as Innovative Media Inc.,
Working too hard to save appearances can create a host of new, even worse problems-this, if nothing else, should be a lesson from our recent church history. I still like Zenit's model and still appreciate the good news it provides. Sometimes, though, what we need most to confront, in order to purify our faith, is the bad news.
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