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Canada    ARCHBISHOP SAYS INTERNET UNDERMINES CHURCH AUTHORITY
Because it increases people's exposure to religious beliefs of all kinds, the Internet also kills "brand loyalty" to the Church, according to Archbishop John Quinn, archbishop emeritus of San Francisco.
    Addressing participants in the recent four-day "Assembly 2000" of the Archdiocese of Edmonton (Canada), he said that the Internet represents a challenge to the authority of the Church because "the Internet itself becomes the authority".
    Stressing that stressing that the Web already plays an important role in opinion formation among the younger generations, he said: "We have not yet begun to imagine what [the Internet] will mean for the Church. But without doubt its impact will be immense."
    Archbishop Quinn warned that Catholic web sites will need to adapt to the taste, language, needs and psychology of today's audience, in order to remain attractive.
    He added that globalisation and the Internet will not eliminate "the need for ideals and codes of restraint on human behaviour".
   
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26 Sep 00



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