|Braulio and Isidore, sixth century bloggers|
|Needs a better profile picture though.|
So why social networks in particular for Braulio? The social networks of his day were letters, and before he went blind, Braulio wrote many. One in particular stands out in the context of speaking truth to power. Pope Honorius I criticized the Spanish bishops for not doing enough to prevent baptized (former) Jews from relapsing into Judaism. When the Pope himself scolds you, you humbly apologize and promise to do better, right? Not Braulio. His response let Honorius know that the bishops were on the job, vigilant and diligent, and that His Holiness had best get his facts straight before he made any claims of papal infallibility. True, he didn't say that in 140 characters, but I'm sticking by my parallel.