Patriarch Kirill says priests shouldn't seek social media popularity, "the church doesn't care about 'likes'"
26.04.12 17:13 By News dept
Russian patriarch Kirill has urged priests to not participate in TV shows and to not strive for "doubtful popularity" in social networks, Interfax news agency cited the patriarch's press-office.
«Let God prevent us, the people of church, from being tempted by others' opinions in blogs and media. Once we are tempted, we get caught in a trap and will do anything to keep our ratings. It is so easy to cross the line and forget about our priestly responsibilities!" Kirill said during a solemn lunch in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
At the same time, Kirill said that common believers could "take part in TV shows to defend Christian values."
Kirill said that the clergy should not follow public opinion.
«What is really important to us is not the number of 'likes,' but the things that become evident to us in prayers and spiritual experiences."
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