Thou Shalt Not Use Facebook, Chicago Parish Warns

Leaders of a Chicago Catholic parish are warning their minions that Facebook supposedly fosters sin.

Leaders of a Chicago Catholic parish are warning their minions that Facebook supposedly fosters sin.

You know we don’t agree with that, right? Facebook doesn’t instill anything in people that isn’t already there.

But according to the Chicago Tribune, the St. John Cantius parish leaders wrote in the church bulletin that Facebook:

is exactly the opposite of the Christian culture where people go into the secrecy and sacredness of the confessional to blot out their sins forever… God entrusted parents with the care of their children for one particular purpose, and that is to teach them the way ‘to know, love, and serve God in this life and save their souls hereafter.’ Everything leads us to think that Facebook fits poorly into this plan and was devised for a very different goal.

Apparently, the church wants families to raise children free of vanity and dishonesty, traits that St. John Cantius leaders believe are fostered by the social network. The site allegedly helps youth defy their parents and cultivate feelings of lust.

One parishioner who followed the advice of the church told the Tribune he stopped using the site because it tempted him with ads for dating sites that apparently looked sexual to him. Apparently, he never bothered to click the grey x’s next to the advertisements to make them go away.

Readers, what do you think of this latest example of a house of worship warning its followers not to use Facebook?