"When believers identify themselves with an icon, that is idolatry. And we bear responsibility for this, for we encourage idolatry by hawking around saints' relics to fill church collection boxes."
"Anyone who used isolated examples of excessive behavior to condemn adoration and remove icons from our faith and our Church would definitely be veering toward Protestantism."
"Not being religious is similar to any other shortsighted, risky and impulsive behavior that some men—primarily young males—engage in, such as assault, robbery, burglary, murder and rape."
Stories referenced above include:
Why are men less religious?—University of Washington press release (Dec. 18, 2002)
Iconoclastic bishop rapped—Kathimerini (Dec. 10, 2002)1
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