At a congress of Catholic media last week, Pope Benedict XVI warned that new technologies could cause people to confuse virtual worlds with our real one. Unfortunately, it looks like there's no salvation for avatars.
At the event, which was organised by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, the Pope said:
New technologies and the progress they bring can make it impossible to distinguish truth from illusion and can lead to confusion between reality and virtual reality...
...The image can also become independent from reality, it can give birth to a virtual word, with various consequences—above all the risk of indifference towards real life.