In order to foster the life and ministry of Catholic clergy, the team of The Christopher Inn International will offer an online resource for priests and bishops: CI Online. Please God, one day soon this resource will be up and running at the service of clergy everywhere.
Here is a broad overview of our plans for CI Online:
CI Online is envisioned as a web-based resource dedicated to assisting priests in continuing the “fiat” to God that is at the heart of their vocation. Catholic clergy worldwide will be able to use CI Online to communicate with each other, share knowledge and advice related to pastoral concerns, support one another in priestly ministry, and engage in ongoing personal formation.
CI Online will avoid entering into the fray of theological and ecclesiastical disputes because it is envisioned as a site which should lift the spirits of all priests. The site will endeavor to present the Church in its teachings, sacraments, and charity as that “pearl of great price” which is a great gift of God to the world. CI Online, while addressing the difficulties and challenges priests sometimes face, will seek to convey the honor and privilege all priests share in their role as “other Christs.”
CI Online has as its target audience Catholic bishops and priests, and access to the site will be limited to Catholic clergy. The website will take full advantage of technologies emerging within the Internet. Content will be well-organized and frequently updated.
CI Online takes its cue from the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, which has released several letters over the past fifteen years on putting the Internet to use for the service of the Church and the new evangelization: Church and Internet and Ethics in Internet, to name only two. Pope Saint John Paul II also dedicated his 2002 message for World Communications Day to the following topic: Internet: A New Forum for Proclaiming the Gospel. Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis have followed in his footsteps.
We believe that CI Online will help to extend the priest’s formation experience when he returns to his place of ministry, and that other priests who have not had the chance to visit The Christopher Inn International will nonetheless benefit via the resources provided online. The site will serve as a model of virtual community at the service of real community.