High-speed internet spreads evil, says prominent Russian Orthodox cleric

November 27, 2014

Metropolitan of Kaluga and Borovsk Kliment, head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s Publishing Council. (RIA Novosti/Sergey Pyatakov) Metropolitan of Kaluga and Borovsk Kliment, head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s Publishing Council. (RIA Novosti/Sergey Pyatakov)

The main thing about the internet is that it’s quick, so everything bad in it also emerges and spreads very quickly,” Metropolitan Climent said at a press-conference on Thursday, as cited by Interfax. “And creating bad things does not require much thought.”

Climent, who heads the Russian Orthodox Church’s Publishing Council, advocates taking time before disseminating information around the world.

Doing something “good, talented, and deep” even with the use of modern technology “needs effort and time, and a spiritual mood,” the priest said.

The internet is, according to him, not in itself an “incarnation of absolute evil.”

It’s just a means of accumulating and passing information,” Climent said. “Like clay tablets, birchbark letters, papyrus, parchment, stonewalls or other things used to transfer information in the past.

It’s not the first time a Russian church leader has commented on the role of the internet.

The head of the Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, urged monks a year ago not to use the internet at all, in order to avoid temptations.

Many monks act absolutely irrationally,” he said. “On the one hand they escape secular life to create favorable conditions for salvation and on the other, they take their mobile phone and start surfing the internet, where there are lots of sinful and tempting things.



HN9/7/2020 5:39 am
This was from 6 years ago... and he was completely correct. I'll also say most men will fight tooth and nail to argue that this is true, since many of them at this point are completely addicted to internet pornography.
Johannes Klimmeck12/2/2014 3:12 pm
The Internet is neutral. All depends on decision of man: what to look, what to write, what to share. It is always the same course: you get a stimulus, an imagination and then it is your decision: You will reject it or you will follow this thought. There is not anything new with the internet, it is only an new tool for temptation. The mechanism of temptation is always as it is described in The Ladder or the Philokalia. The stimulus or the imagination is nothing sinful. The sin starts when you go to action.
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