Thursday, November 9, 2017

The pope just keeps getting better and better

You tell 'em, Your Holiness!

BBC - Pope Francis: mass is for prayers, not mobile phones. Do what he says or go to hell:

Pope Francis has chided the Catholic faithful for using their mobile phones during Mass.

He said it made him sad when many phones were held up, and even priests and bishops were taking photos.

The pontiff is not known to have used a mobile phone in public since his election and once asked young people to carry Bibles instead of phones.

However, he is an avid user of social media and regularly allows himself to be snapped with pilgrims for selfies.

He has millions of followers on Twitter.

OK, that last bit needs some context.

Ellen DeGeneres has 5 times as many followers as the Pope. Which, actually, says something about the world today when a lesbian comedienne can beat the apostolic successor to St. Paul by 5 to 1.

I've got nothing wrong with that personally, I just find it interesting.

Speaking at his weekly audience in St Peter's Square in Rome, Pope Francis said that Mass was a time for prayer and not a show.

"At a certain point the priest leading the ceremony says 'lift up our hearts'. He doesn't say 'lift up our mobile phones to take photographs' - it's a very ugly thing," he said.

"It's so sad when I'm celebrating mass here or inside the basilica and I see lots of phones held up - not just by the faithful, but also by priests and bishops! Please!"

Y'know, Your Holiness, you do have the authority to excommunicate these people for offending God.

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