Watching pornography is addictive for priests and nuns, admits Pope Francis

Pope Francis has warned seminarians against the “devil” of digital pornography, while admitting that watching pornography online is also addictive for priests and nuns.

The pontiff made the remarks during a convention with seminarians in Rome on Monday, in response to a question about how a new generation of clerics immersed in social media can use digital tools to “share the joy of being Christian, without forgetting our identity”. “or be too exposed and arrogant.”

In the full text of the event, published by the Vatican on Wednesday (26), Francis urged seminarians to use social media “to move forward, to communicate,” warning them of the dangers, namely digital pornography.

“I won’t say ‘raise your hand if you’ve had at least one experience of that,'” the pope said. “But if each of you thinks you’ve had the experience or the temptation… It’s an addiction that so many people have. So many lay people, so many lay women, and also priests and nuns. The devil comes in there. And I’m not just talking about digital pornography as child abuse, it’s already degeneracy. Dear brothers, pay attention to this.

Despite having 64.3 million Twitter followers, the 85-year-old pope said he doesn’t use social media tools ‘because I came too late’.

A team of people manage the Pope’s various social media accounts.

At the end of 2020, the Vatican found itself in a sticky situation when it was forced to “search Instagram for explanations” after Pope Francis’ official Instagram account liked a photo of Brazilian model, Natalia Garibotto.

The pope’s “like” account was visible in the photo on Garibotto’s page for several days before being unlikable.

However, Garibotto’s management company, COY Co, took advantage of the publicity and reposted the image to its own Instagram account with a message that the company “received the official blessing of the Pope”. Garibotto, who has over 3.3 million followers, joked, “At least I’m going to heaven.”

The Vatican said at the time that “we can rule out that the ‘like’ comes from the Holy See.”

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