Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Hi Tech Abstinance for Lent

Call to give up texting for Lent

BBC — The archbishop of the Italian city of Modena wants young Catholics to give up text messaging, social networking websites and computer games for Lent.
Monsignor Benito Cocchi said foregoing the activities would help them "cleanse themselves from the virtual world and get back into touch with themselves",
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Textual abstinence, Italian-style

Get Religion — I love stories, like the one about giving up Facebook for Lent from a few weeks ago, in which ancient faith traditions struggle with the advent of modern technologies. How did the 15th-century church view the advent of the printing press, for example? Well, we have another example of the genre—a story in the Times Online (London) by Rome-based correspondent, Richard Owen that describes an effort by some Roman Catholic leaders to get laypeople to give up texting and other virtual communication for Lent.
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Potty priests call for technology ban

IT Examiner — Italian priests have given up trying to make people abstain from treats like cigarettes and chocolate for Lent. Instead they want people to give up their technology.
The average Italian sends 50 texts each a month, so the Church thinks that it will be a great idea if they quit for Lent.
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