2009-03-23 14:18:00

Patriarch Kirill: The state responsible for keeping extremist websites in check

Kaliningrad, March 23, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said it's important that the state enhances its control over some Internet resources propagating extremist ideas.

"It is the responsibility of the state to keep eyes open for some sites which contain dangerous and provocative information inducing other people into committing crimes," Patriarch Kirill said Monday at a meeting with the students of Kant Polytechnic University in Kaliningrad, Russia.

Patriarch considers Internet the most sophisticated communication tool for exchanging information and, according to him, "as any tool, it may be used both for evil and for good." Each individual, Patriarch said, should "decide for him/herself on the basis of his/her own ethical values" how to use the Internet.

Answering the student's question, what His Holiness thinks of Internet, Patriarch Kirill reminded that some time before, Orthodox bishops had been asked what they thought about electricity, and with the advent of the first automobiles they had been plagued with questions about driving cars.

"What do I think of Internet? I think the same thing that you do," Patriarch Kirill said.