Archbishop Aspinall told gatherers at St John's Cathedral in central Brisbane that it "feels like darkness has engulfed the world", using social media as an example.
"It turns ingenious technology with amazing potential for good into a weapon for bullying, brutality and destruction," he said.
"Some of our young people are taking their own lives to escape the pain and others take a sinister delight in violence on YouTube grievously mistaking it for entertainment."
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