Day: August 6, 2007

Catholics called to Second Life

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VATICAN CITY, Roman Catholics are being encouraged by a Vatican-approved journal to preach the word of Jesus in the virtual world of Second Life.

The Rev. Antonio Spadaro wrote in La Civilta Cattolica that Christian teaching is the answer to the rampant sinning, including gambling and prostitution, The Telegraph reported Monday.

Second Life, an Internet-based game that features lifelike avatars representing virtual versions of players, allows users to buy and sell virtual goods and services with real money while interacting with other players.

“It is not possible to turn a blind eye to this phenomenon, or offhandedly pass judgment glorifying or condemning it,” Spadaro said. “Instead it must be understood … the best way to understand it is to enter it and live inside it to recognize its potential and dangers.”

John Lester, of Second Life producer Linden Lab, applauded the religious interest in the virtual world.

“I think it’s a cool idea for folks to want to make sure that their side of spirituality is being represented,” he said.

By UPI News Agency