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The corrupting influence of cellphones and the internet

A Vatican fears people will lose their souls to this technology.

'In the age of the mobile phone and the internet it is probably more difficult than before to protect silence and to nourish the interior dimension of life,' said Fr Lombardi. 'It is difficult but necessary.

'Today this is a very grave threat, and it is the most irreparable misfortune,' he said, adding that if the spiritual dimension of a person was not guarded and nourished or it could 'become barren to the point of drying up and, indeed, dying.

'Reflection, meditation, contemplation are as necessary as breathing,' he said.

'In the age of the mobile phone and the internet it is more difficult than before to protect silence and so nourish the interior dimension of life. It is difficult but necessary.'

By chance I wonder how many Cardinals have cell phones? Then where do they keep them? The last time I looked there were no pockets on the cassocks they wore.

How is the internet noisy? A distraction yes, one I can't avoid unless I'm in the hospital for a couple of weeks. Fr. Lombardi is probably referring to the time these activities consume in a person's every day life. Then on the other hand the access to communications and information they provide is essential if one doesn't want to be left behind. You could say cellphones and the internet are as essential as breathing in the developed world. I do however wish people would turn their contraptions off during Sunday mass.

A person can lose their soul, but I don't think its because we spend too much time on cellphones.


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Comments (9)

Maybe Fr Lombardi needs a l... (Below threshold)
dr lava:

Maybe Fr Lombardi needs a lesson in what constitutes "grave threat and irreparable misfortune"

I read this after I read an article in my local paper about how the local diocese paid out 1.65 million last year in lawsuits to victims of priest molestation.

Maybe the Catholic Church doesn't want people to use the internet to visits sites like this one:


A person can lose their ... (Below threshold)

A person can lose their soul, but I don't think its because we spend too much time on cellphones.

It's not a direct relationship but I can see his point. People don't focus enough on what's important and more distractions don't help.

Dr. Lava, as many or more children are molested or abused by Protestant ministers, coaches, and teachers. The Catholic Church did a bad job handling the situation, but it's certainly not a problem exclusive to them.

Bill, as my father used to ... (Below threshold)
Capt. Craig:

Bill, as my father used to say, "Boy, is your education lacking!"
You wear a cassock over your shirt and pants, there are slits to put your hands through to reach your pockets or your cell phone hanging on your belt or your 357 Mag for that matter.

The child molestation cases... (Below threshold)

The child molestation cases were blown out of proportion by the left wing media and the ACLU for political purposes. The local school district has been passing off child molester teachers on one school after another for years and few people even know it is has happened. The media doesn't want a crusade against the teachers union and their administrators right now, so it won't make the headlines.

To get back on the subject, the Chinese proverb, "May you live in interesting times" is a curse that wishes a loss of personal introspection due to the cares of the world.

We can all use a lot less hate and some more moments of peace a quiet in this world. Not all change is good.

The cellular phone is the t... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

The cellular phone is the tool of the devil. I'll die a happy man never having owned one.

Baron Von Ottomatic, channe... (Below threshold)

Baron Von Ottomatic, channeling Abe Simpson:

"The metric system is the tool of the devil! My car gets forty rods to the hogshead and that's the way I likes it."


Bill,You really di... (Below threshold)


You really dig the Catholic Church doncha? All of these positive posts...

One can be a staunch Cathol... (Below threshold)

One can be a staunch Catholic while decrying the words/actions of specific members of the Church hierarchy, Kozaburo, non?

I'd be perfectly happy in a... (Below threshold)

I'd be perfectly happy in a world without cellphones. The internet...that's another question.






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