A recent innovation on the Internet is the popularity of Catholic video podcasts (a.k.a. vodcasts) that show up on YouTube and other media as a means to spread the faith. For example, Philadelphia’s archbishop Cardinal Justin Rigali used YouTube during Lent to provide brief video reflections on the gospels and recieved thousands of hits (visits).
I’m wondering about how catechists might be able to use YouTube to reach those we teach, not in place of teaching in person, but as a complement to it. Might catechists offer a brief reflection each week? A few practical suggestions for how to live the lesson taught that week? A brief summary of the lesson taught or a brief preview of the upcoming lesson? A question to ponder for the upcoming session?
I also wonder about legal issues and safe environment issues. What would catechists need to be most aware of in these areas to ensure that children are protected? What oversight do the DRE and pastor need to have? Catechists are agents of the parish community, not independent practicioners. What ramifications might this have on the extent to which a catechist can “teach” through YouTube?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this issue that I find truly fascinating and filled with potential.