Pope demonizes smartphones at Mass: ‘It’s a bad thing!’

Pope Francis famously said of gays: “Who am I to judge?” But when it comes to smartphones at church, his verdict is clear: Stop!

Pope Francis speaks to journalists on his flight back to Rome following a visit at Armenia on June 26, 2016. Photo by Tiziana Fabi via Reuters
On Wednesday, said the Catholic News Agency, “a fiery Pope Francis chastised those who spend Mass talking to others, looking at their phone or even taking pictures during papal liturgies.”

The pope said: “The Mass is not a show: it is to go to meet the passion and resurrection of the Lord. The Lord is here with us, present. Many times we go there, we look at things and chat among ourselves while the priest celebrates the Eucharist… But it is the Lord!”

In particular, Francis condemned the use of cell phones to take photos at papal Masses.

Francis noted that during the Mass, a priest says, “We lift up our hearts.” He does not say: ‘We lift up our phones to take photographs!’”

“It’s a bad thing! And I tell you that it gives me so much sadness when I celebrate here in the Piazza or Basilica and I see so many raised cellphones, not just of the faithful, even of some priests and even bishops.”