According to a Church Resources statement, a "whole-of-church approach" to next generation communication networks is the focus of a new group authorised by the Australian bishops.
"We want to create a 21st Century enterprise wide communications platform for the Church in Australia", Mr Whitby said, according to the statement.
Following last November's decision at the National Bishops' Conference Plenary, the first meeting of the National ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Committee has focused on how it can work.
Mr Whitby says there are two essential issues: "The communications industry wants a single point of entry to the myriad Church agencies and groups. They want to deal at a national level."
"Second, we have to care as much for small agencies and groups as we do for big institutions and interests in the Church," he said.
Archbishop Denis Hart, Chair of the Bishops Commission for Administration and Information, told the Committee that the bishops want everyone - both the Church and technology providers and suppliers - to benefit.
"We bishops want a cooperative approach so that the whole Church - large groups no less than small agencies - can benefit.
"This is a great opportunity for us to demonstrate community leadership and for all of us to embrace," said Archbishop Hart.
The new Committee follows the work done last year by a consultative process identifying needs and opportunities across the Church's work in parishes and schools, health and aged care, welfare and community services.
"Our first task is to develop a template to identify Church mission in ICT, needs, service provision, savings, efficiencies, synergies and the map for a way forward," said Mr Whitby.
The National Committee will deliver a report and implementation strategy to the bishops in September, according to the statement.
Fresh Start in ICT for the Catholic Church (Church Resources, Media Release, 3/4/07)
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4 Apr 2007