Holy Synod issues Internet ‘guidelines’ for clergy

January 21, 2015

The Holy Synod issued a memorandum asking clerics and monks to refrain from expressing themselves online and to ensure that their behavior on cyberspace does not come into conflict with terms of their ordainment.

The memo states that no Internet site created in the name of the Autocephalus Orthodox Church of Greece can be inaugurated without the approval of the council of Metropolitans.

Permission will be given to Internet sites that focus on informing one’s congregation (e.g. liturgy timetables, volunteerism, blood donations etc.) as well as for information pertaining to the history of a parish or the publication of sermons.

The Holy Synod also investigated the use of social networking by clergy and monks, noting that while this is considered a personal right, clergy members are advised to communicate their thoughts and positions in a way that will not question their role as religious leaders. Priests were also told to be careful of the way they express themselves publicly, so as to avoid the possibility of expressing “heretical positions”.



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