Thursday, July 29, 2010

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill Encourages Orthodox Clergy to Blog

I was very gratified that Fr. Finigan of the Hermeneutic of Continuity drew our attention to the following piece found on The Voice of Russia: Church to enhance its influence through blogging:

Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill has urged the clergy to use Internet blogs for missionary work. The head of the Russian Orthodox Church warned against idle talk or passing one’s own thoughts for the postulates of the church. The Patriarch was speaking ahead of his second pastoral visit to Ukraine.

This recent appeal by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, aimed at enhancing the church’s influence through blogging and networking, made the headlines throughout the Runet. IT-analyst Alexander Mitrofanov believes that the Internet is a good vehicle to carry the live language of the church to the people.

"Many priests and church hierarchs have their own blogs in the global network," he says. "It helps people seeking their paths in life. Jesus Christ taught His apostles to attract people by the word. High technology and the Internet should serve the same purpose."

Patriarch Kirill sees social networking as an opportunity for dialogue and revival of the epistolary genre...

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