The One | May 29, 2023


Introducing Catholic Chat

Artificial Intelligence has been all over the news lately. Screen writers in Hollywood are on strike, in part, because they do not want computers auto-generating scripts. Educators worry about students using AI to create content instead of doing their own homework. Corporations are afraid workers will let AI complete tasks assigned to employees. Most of us, however, have more to worry about than whether AI will replace us.
I believe there is a flip side to the argument. Artificial Intelligence can be used for good. If used wisely, AI can interface with documents, websites, and texts so the user can interact with the words on the page more than ever before.

Enter Catholic Chat, a web app that provides an interactive and engaging opportunity for users seeking answers from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Once you land on the page, you can choose to have a conversation as a child, an adult, or a scholar. Enter any question about the Catholic Church and in a few moments, the site responds using only the Catechism as a source. Still have a question? Enter it and participate in a conversation with AI and the Catechism that can allow you to dig deeper into what the Church professes.

Though it will never replace a teacher or a parent, Catholic Chat does provide a place where the faithful can engage with a text that can seem daunting or unfamiliar to many. Families can use it to start a conversation about any element of the faith. Teachers can use it to ensure what they teach is the truth. Students can use it to look up questions about their faith. Even clergy can use it to infuse a little bit of the Catechism into their homilies at Sunday Mass.

I encourage you to visit Catholic Chat and use intelligence that is artificial to engage with teachings that are true. While you are at it, check out all the other great things our Institute for Catholic Formation is up to.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Frank J Caggiano
Bishop of Bridgeport