A Vatican fears people will lose their souls to this technology.
‘In the age of the mobile phone and the internet it is probably more difficult than before to protect silence and to nourish the interior dimension of life,’ said Fr Lombardi. ‘It is difficult but necessary.
‘Today this is a very grave threat, and it is the most irreparable misfortune,’ he said, adding that if the spiritual dimension of a person was not guarded and nourished or it could ‘become barren to the point of drying up and, indeed, dying.
‘Reflection, meditation, contemplation are as necessary as breathing,’ he said.
‘In the age of the mobile phone and the internet it is more difficult than before to protect silence and so nourish the interior dimension of life. It is difficult but necessary.’
By chance I wonder how many Cardinals have cell phones? Then where do they keep them? The last time I looked there were no pockets on the cassocks they wore.
How is the internet noisy? A distraction yes, one I can’t avoid unless I’m in the hospital for a couple of weeks. Fr. Lombardi is probably referring to the time these activities consume in a person’s every day life. Then on the other hand the access to communications and information they provide is essential if one doesn’t want to be left behind. You could say cellphones and the internet are as essential as breathing in the developed world. I do however wish people would turn their contraptions off during Sunday mass.
A person can lose their soul, but I don’t think its because we spend too much time on cellphones.