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April 22, 2010

Archbishop of Crete on Social Networking and Clergy

Archbishop of Crete: "Do Not Use Facebook For the Good of the Church"

April 21, 2010

Archbishop Irenaios of Crete in his 18th encyclical to the clergy of the Holy Archdiocese of Crete, addressed the dangers of the internet and technology.

The Archbishop said: "Progress and technology are galloping in our times. Technology is a gift of God, but also a liability and threat in how and how often to responsibly use it."

The Archbishop especially referred to "Facebook" saying: "I am especially referring to the issue of the internet and the so-called 'Facebook'".

Continuing he said: "I personally do not know about this issue but I do recognize its dangers - the evil and the scandals which could possibly come to the Church, the Archdiocese and to all who use it without discernment."

In closing, the Archbishop added: "I propose, ask and command, to not use this method for the reasons above, and those who have used it, I ask that you distance youselves and not use it anymore, for your own good and the good of the Church."

It should be noted that this encyclical is written by the Archbishop of Crete and is addressed only to the clergy of the Archdiocese of Crete.

A clergyman of the Archdiocese of Crete has commented: "Does the Archbishop understand that dozens of Metropolitans have an account on Facebook? Are they too at risk?"