Kathryn Lopez

In response to the news that the pontiff would be joining Twitter, all kinds of colorful comments were tweeted at his newly opened account, in all languages, using all kinds of untraditional and sometimes salty language. The pope's eloquent, stately presence amid the chatter and vitriol serves as an example.

"Taking your time, reflecting on what you're doing," has a place in life and even on Twitter," Monsignor Tighe notes.

Call it the new improved slower media. Msgr. Tighe likens it to the "slow food movement," in which people seek to know where their food is coming from and take the time to enjoy it.

It's cool, calm, collected, civil, and Christian. Ultimately, wherever you are communicating, you are communicating with people. "It's about relationships," Msgr. Tighe says. "There's even room for the golden rule there."

The papal Twitter account, in other words, may not be about getting with the times so much as bringing the gospel to them, distilling life to its essence, 140 characters at a time.

Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.