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#1 Guest_Augustine Martin

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 01:47 AM

Are monks allowed to have Facebook?

#2 Herman Blaydoe

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 02:02 AM

A monastic generally does nothing without a blessing.

#3 Father David Moser

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 02:44 AM

Archimandrite Irenei, the owner of this website has a facebook account.

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 05:09 AM

If his Abbot blesses him to have a Facebook account, then yes. If not, then no.

You may discover that Orthodox monasticism has very few rules that apply all across the board. There are rules, but there are exceptions to almost all of them. Sometimes Facebook has been a very good tool for getting news out about what's going on in the monastery, and keeping in touch with potential postulants and novices. I used to have a FB account, but I deleted it as it was becoming too much of a distraction. The Blagochennie of our monastery used to have one as well, but I don't know his exact reasons for deleting it. Almost all of the young men who arrive at our monastery have FB accounts, and these are not forbidden, but they usually end up getting voluntarily deleted with time (that is, if they stay at the monastery!). The amount of time differs from individual to individual.

Some monasteries have "corporate" Facebook pages too. Facebook isn't a sin. Being distracted from prayer is the problem.

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