Russian Patriarch urges church presence in social networks
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on Saturday lamented a high number of antichurch internet posts and said the Russian Orthodox Church he leads should be present in social networks to tell the truth to its audience.
“Blogs and social networks give us new opportunities for the Christian mission” at a time when the Church comes under attacks more often than before, the patriarch said. “Not to be present there means to display our helplessness and lack of care for the salvation of our brothers.”
“Now that social media shows a huge interest, although not always a sound one, in church life, our duty is to convert it for a good cause, to create conditions for young people to know about Christ, know the truth about the life of people inside the Church,” Patriarch Kirill said.
“When a person makes a query on church life in an internet search engine, he finds a lot of lies, hypocrisy and hatred,” the patriarch said at a meeting of the Russian Orthodox Church’s Bishops Council in downtown Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral.
“These are the visible results of activity by the enemy of mankind,” he said.
Patriarch Kirill also told priests that their internet mission should complement real communication with parishioners rather than replace it.
Critics have in particular accused some of church clergy of being hypocritical and too rich. Church officials, believers and supporters have complained of a media campaign against the Russian Orthodox Church.