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Facebook ban: good HR or bad PR

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Not long after launching a Facebook application that allows users to send papal messages, the Vatican has banned the use of FaceBook at work.

The Vatican says the move is in line with corporate policies, Catholic News Service reports (via The Catholic Key Blog). But the restriction may be just more evidence that the Holy See is out of touch.

As the Catholic Key notes, Facebook has come to replace e-mail and traditional news feeds for many young adults. The CNS story quotes an anonymous employee who said he saw the video of Bishop Richard Williamson denying the Holocaust on Facebook a few days before the Vatican lifted Richardson's excommunication.

The Vatican is in the business of relationship, so instead of banning Facebook, maybe they should be mandating that their employees be on it.