The theology of social communication and the class-based digital divide
Mary Brendon Zajac, Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology, United States
Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology . Awarded
Because the digital divide is class-based, it is a theological issue with social justice implications. This Doctor of Ministry project traces the link between theology and social justice that emerges from the inequities of access to the means of social communication. It outlines a theological and moral framework, drawn from Inter Merifica and post-conciliar magisterial documents, from which to view the incorporation of modern communication technologies in ministry. Empirical research of the experiences of the Sisters of Notre Dame, a Roman Catholic congregation of religious women, validates the premise that the global digital divide is mirrored in the congregation's international ministries. Using a method of social analysis and theological reflection, these experiences are integrated into a theologically-based pastoral plan for social communication that addresses the digital divide as a matter of social justice, and directly related to the congregation's charism and mission.
Zajac, M.B. The theology of social communication and the class-based digital divide. Ph.D. thesis, Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology.
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