Curb that habit: Vatican warns nuns to cut social media time
Legislative document urges a little sobriety and discretion, or risk being 'distracted by noises and news'
The Vatican has told nuns to limit time spent poring over social media so they are no longer distracted by “noises, news and words”.
A legislative document, published by Rome’s office for religious life, highlights concerns that social media “in all the variety in which it is presented today” is taking its toll on the virtues of "recollection and contemplative silence" while in the cloisterss.
It states: “These means must therefore be used with sobriety and discretion, not only with regard to the contents but also to the quantity of information and the type of communication.”The Catholic church has taken a keen interest in social media, with Pope Francis becoming an avid tweeter. His account, @pontifex, is followed by 18.7 million. He has been pictured using an iPad in the past, noticeably with a sticker covering the camera, and even entertained Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at the Vatican in 2016.
Another savvy social media fan is Sister Cristina Scuccia, who won Italy’s version of The Voice, and boasts 27,000 followers.Nuns have been known to use social media to share their views, notably the sisters of Hondarribia, in Spain, in April, in response to the acquittal of five men on a rape charge from 2016.The post reads: “We live in closure, we wear a habit almost up to our ankles, we do not go out at night ... we do not go to parties, we do not drink alcohol and we have taken a vow of chastity. It is an option that does not make us better or worse than anyone, although paradoxically it makes us freer and happier than many.
“And because it is a FREE option, we will defend with all means at our reach (this is one) the right of all women to FREELY make the opposite without being judged, raped, intimidated, murdered or humiliated for it. SISTER, I DO BELIEVE YOU.”
It has been shared 15,000 times since it was posted three weeks ago.
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