Loading
Romanian Orthodox leader says television ‘poisons souls’

.- A Romanian Orthodox Church leader on Wednesday said television has been "poisoning the souls of Romanians" with violent programs.

"We are becoming a savage and uncouth people," Metropolitan Bartolomeu Anania told more than 100,000 pilgrims at the Nicula Monastery in northwest Romania.

"It's a diabolical technique, which causes people to not be able to discern good from evil," the 86-year-old prelate said. "It is a slow crime that destroys the conscience and personality."

He said he was not "against modernity" or television itself — and admitted that he owns a television and a computer — though he disapproved of the way he said it was used.

The pilgrims had gathered around the icon of the Weeping Virgin, painted in 1691. Tradition says the painting wept for 26 days in 1699. The first miracle associated to the painting occurred in 1701 when it is said to have cured an army officer's wife who was going blind.

Bishop Anania is a possible successor to Patriarch Teoctist, who died last month. The Orthodox Church, which is predominant in Romania, is to elect a new patriarch Sept. 12.

Some observers say Bishop Anania, if elected patriarch, would reverse the work of Teoctist toward dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
16

Liturgical Calendar

April 16, 2014

Wednesday of Holy Week

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 26:14-25

Gospel
Date
04/16/14
04/14/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Is 50:4-9a
Gospel:: Mt 26:14-25

Homily of the Day

Mt 26:14-25

Homily
Date
04/16/14
04/14/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: