Pope Says No Phones in Church. Parishioners Keep Scrolling.
As the words ‚ÄúHosanna in the highest!‚ÄĚ echoed in the cathedral, she never looked up. That is, until she finished buying a pair of black boots off the internet on her iPhone.
‚ÄúAt some point, the priest during the Mass says, ‚ÄėLift up your hearts.‚Äô He does not say, ‚ÄėLift up your cellphones to take pictures,‚Äô‚ÄĚ Pope Francis said last week during a general audience at St. Peter‚Äôs Square in Vatican City, where he urged Catholics to leave their phones home.
But during Sunday Mass at St. Patrick‚Äôs Cathedral, it seemed either the pontiff‚Äôs message had not yet reached across the Atlantic or the churchgoers were not listening.
Beside a font of holy water, tourists took in the Mass via the screens of their phones, some mounted on selfie sticks. By the entrance, devotees stood praying, but every so often phone-holding hands would pop up above the crowd to snap a picture. One man stood in the back, hunched...
Dave of Oz, please note I said from a secular viewpoint referring to the Pope, not from a Christian one
Jeremiah Johnson wrote: ... as the world becomes increasingly pluralistic, believers need to be committed to protecting the purity of the gospel, resisting the world‚Äôs urging to mix it with error. We need to keep clear in our minds the black and white distinction between truth and error, and not succumb to the influence of an increasingly gray world. Here‚Äôs how John MacArthur describes the mindset believers need to foster:
"Christians preach an exclusive Christ in an inclusive age. Because of that, we are often accused of being narrow-minded, even intolerant. Many paths, it is said, lead to the top of the mountain of religious enlightenment. How dare we insist that ours is the only one? In reality, however, there are only two religious paths: the broad way of works salvation leading to destruction, and the narrow way of faith in the only Savior leading to eternal life (Matthew 7:13-14). Religious people are on either one or the other."---John MacArthur
The only time I use my cell phone during Mass on Saturday Vigil Mass is when I check the time. At that Baptist Church I attend on Sunday mornings I use my cell phone to look up the scriptures that Pastor Steve quotes during his sermon.
The Pope needs to call out to his fellow deceiver, Kenneth Copeland, so he can rebuke. The cell phone problem, as Gloria Copeland, has said before she & others have, seen Kenneth, rebuke the weather before, while flying in their Private Jet; lol!
Since the pope is infallible, the very substitute for Christ here on earth, why doesn't he just decree that cell phones no longer exist at Catholic services? Why doesn't he just utter some magic words--hocus pocus alakazam-- and cause them to disappear, the way he and his minions turn the wafers and wine into the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ? Better yet, why doesn't he admit that he is a fraud and a humbug and throw in his hand?
The pope is just being a good leader -- in the secular sense - - in that he's somewhat in front of the movement but not quite. Priests in Italy and Mexico have been using cell phone jammers for years. They are illegal in the United States. PC Magazine had a fairly decent article on the problem a couple years back. http://tinyurl.com/yb2w7sh6 (4 Places That Need Cell Phone Jammers)