Rome, Italy, Mar 18, 2004 / 22:00 pm
An article in the last issue of the bimonthly “Consecrated Life” warns of the dependence some men or women religious may develop on the Internet, when they isolate themselves from their communities and turn to the Net for new friendships and stimuli.
The religious news agency Vidivus Dominus highlighted the article, written by Comboni Father Joseph Crea, yesterday.
In his article, the priest said even the consecrated and religious are not immune to the widespread social problem of affective and sexual dependence on the Internet, which risks creating "real illegitimate and pathological behaviors."
The "lure of the Net … becomes more urgent than that of the community," wrote the psychologist and teacher at the "Claretianum" and at the Pontifical Athenaeum Salesian.