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The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Greece has issued a memorandum on Internet use by clergy and monks.
According to Protothema, the document cautions clerics and monks, advising they consider refraining “from expressing themselves online” and “ensure that their behavior on cyberspace does not come into conflict with the terms of their ordination.”
The Holy Synod also issued guidelines regarding the kinds of material that can be posted on local parishes’ official websites. Information about the church’s liturgical schedule, opportunities for charity work, the history of the parish, and the publication of sermons is acceptable.
Online commentary on religious, theological, political, or cultural matters is potentially problematic, including when clergy engage in such commentary using their own social media accounts. According to Protothema, the Holy Synod’s memo noted that the use of social media is a personal right of clerics or monks, but caution is required.
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