Vatican Warns Nuns To Spend Less Time On Social Media And Concentrate On Contemplation
The increased usage of social media has slowly started to bother the catholic nuns. In a statement, Vatican has urged nuns to reduce the usage of social media and instead focus on contemplation.
A document titled ‘Cor Orans’ (which is Latin for ‘Praying Heart’), the Vatican reminded 38,000 cloistered nuns in the Catholic Church that too much tweeting and reading the news can interfere with staying prayerful.
The document also educated nuns how they can apply Pope Francis’s Apostolic Constitution. Issued in 2016, the constitution gives guidelines regarding life in monasteries – which includes matters pertaining to legal, administrative and spiritual subjects.
However, Vatican also confirmed that social media isn’t completely forbidden and said that nuns should use it with moderation.
The document explained that “it is possible to empty contemplative silence when the cloister is filled with noise, news and words.”
Furtermore, it specified that nuns should use social media with “sobriety and discretion” so that technology “may be at the service of formation for the contemplative life and necessary communication, and do not become occasions for wasting time or escaping from the demands of fraternal life in community.”
Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo presented the document at a press conference where he said that he hopes to “clarify the provisions of the law, developing and determining the procedures for its execution.”
Meanwhile, Sr Catherine Wybourne, who has developed somefan following on Twitter as ‘Digital Nun’, commented about the subject, writing on her blog:
“Of course I agree with the need for discretion, but having been using social media for about ten years – probably longer than many of the clergy and others who felt it necessary to give nuns guidance on the matter – my main reaction is a mixture of despair and irritation.”