New York, NY: Catholics worldwide planning on giving up social media this Lent--facebook, Twitter, and the like--are caught in an existential crisis now that Pope Benedict unexpectedly announced his resignation and the conclave to elect a new successor to St Peter will occur smack in the middle of Lent.
"I announced it and everything," moaned Cynthia Madison, a 22 year old parishioner at St. Aloysius Church in downtown Manhattan. "I mean, who am I supposed to get this news from now? CNS? EWTN? C-freakin-NN?"
"I have a headache," announced Gabriel Celano, another St Aloysius parishioner. "I wanted to challenge myself and do something hard this Lent, but this is just impossible. All my friends are vetting papabile on facebook. I can't give that up, can I? I mean...voice of the faithful and prayer and all that...I just...Oh man. I really have a headache."
"It's not technically Lent--so I'm thinking about fudging that resolve a bit," admitted Joshua Smith, a father of two from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in the Bronx. "Maybe if I do facebook via dial up. I think that's pretty penitential, actually."
Others, who wished not to be named, admitted that they were considering foregoing facebook but putting Whispers in the Loggia up and setting up an automatic refresh every 15 minutes. Or giving up chocolate instead.