A miracle! No, not another virgin birth: Historiann and Pope Benedict XVI agree on something! Actually, Historiann recommends that you give up Facebook and texting forever–not just for Lent. Here’s the part I loved:
Pope Benedict also has personal experience of the distractions of obsessive texting. President Sarkozy of France, a renowned technophile, came in for withering criticism for checking his mobile for text messages during a personal audience with the Pontiff.
Now, I loves me some Sarko–I’m sure his BlackBerry came in really handy while solving one international hostage crisis after another lately. (Maybe he’s also working on global climate change and doing something about that wolf at our doors lately? We can only hope.) And if I’m ever abducted by the FARC, the Basque separatists, or anyone else, please see if you can get Sarko on the case for me. Nevertheless, constantly checking your phone for incoming messages in an audience with the Pope is really de trop.