Remember the old days? Parents and kids each lived in different worlds, strictly separated from one another, and each with its own rules and regulations. This layout is indispensable for adolescents to start living their own lives, for finding out who they really are, to discover the meaning of life and all that. Back in the early 60s when I was a child the Rolling Stones were wearing suits and ties in public but still many parenting adults found their behavior unacceptable. It is exactly why they scored with the young generation besides of the music.
Today this is much harder with parents working out, being more conscious both politically and ecologically, messing with gadgets and computer games, let alone clothing (my dad never wore sneakers). So they are resorting to status symbols a lot further off like piercings, pants half way down (without understanding the meaning of it, sadly), and of course electronic toys and online worlds where they can be among themselves.
Parents trying to intrude into these worlds by imitating their offspring's favorite clothing brands or doing other foolish things in desperate last minute bonding attempts will often appear pathetic. Invading those teenage refuges spells doom, it renders them infinitely uncool and prompts every self respecting rebel to abandon ship. In the eyes of my son, me having a Facebook presence is close to the edge, I suppose, and I am honored to be his "friend". If the Pope, the ultimate "father" and symbol of catholic conservatism does it (which he did) it definitely constitutes an intrusion that will lead to a mental earthquake.
Never mind the irony: the old man is most certainly not capable of using a Facebook account. So he has people doing it for him - there goes authenticity. Bub Lutz tried it before him and failed (ouch, hammering Bob Lutz again, I meant to quit doing that). His flock of sheep will "friend" him or, more precisely, become "fans" as he can't possibly engage in direct conversation with anyone. (Does this mean Facebook will be taxed soon? A collection upon logoff?).
Point being: this is completely pointless. It's like the Pope on a skateboard. Ridiculous. Unless the Easter prayers are being blogged from now on all this is is a pathetic effort to bond with young people who are increasingly losing touch with church as an institution. It is in fact one big step further than members of Congress "tweeting" nonsense on the taxpayer's dime during a presidential speach.
If you don't understand the dynamics of such communication tools it is better to leave them untouched. It's an invasion of somebody else's personal space, it is completely uncalled for and accomplishes the opposite of what is intended (again).
Thanks for your time,