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The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has urged monks not to use cellphones to access the Internet in order to avoid temptation.
“Now the Internet appears to be a great temptation,” Patriarch Kirill said during a trip to the Zograf monastery in Greece, according to a transcript of his remarks posted on the church’s website.
“Many monks act, in my view, quite unreasonably. On the one hand, (monks) leave the world in order to create favorable conditions for salvation, and on the other hand, they take their mobile telephone and start to enter the Internet where, we know, there is a large number of sinful and tempting things…”
Kirill has in the past warned against “manipulation” on the Internet but an Orthodox Church official, speaking on condition of anonymity, has said the patriarch does use it himself to seek out information.
A Facebook page dedicated to Kirill was launched last year to feed growing interest in a religious leader who has openly supported President Vladimir Putin. Putin has portrayed the church as the guardian of Russia’s national values.
Any country requiring a national religion is in some kind of trouble. Even those who pay the maintenance on a comparatively tame state religion are guilty of wasting taxpayer dollars at a minimum.
When push comes to shove, the use of state religions – like the Russian Orthodox Church or the various flavors of Islam favored by monarchies in the Middle East – generally fills only one function. That is – keeping people obedient – maintaining the most reactionary of nationalist traditions, right-wing ideology is sanctified to support the narrowest possible claque of power brokers.