The Pope Would Thank You to Put Your Damn Phone Away at the Dinner Table

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Pope Francis says put down your smartphone for five goddamn minutes and please join your family at the dinner table. No, he doesn’t care that Quantico is on and it’s leftover meatloaf, anyway.


That’s according to the Catholic News Agency, via the Verge. He said in his weekly address at the Vatican:

“A family that almost never eats together, or that never speaks at the table but looks at the television or the smartphone, is hardly a family,” the Pope said Nov. 11.

“When children at the table are attached to the computer or the phone and don’t listen to each other, this is not a family, this is a pensioner!”


“Sitting at table for the family dinner, sharing our meal and the experiences of our day, is a fundamental image of togetherness and solidarity,” he added.

But Poooooooope.............

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He says that, but I can’t count how many times I’ve been getting lunch with him, his phone rings and he tells me, “Sorry, it’s God. I have to take this.” Then I’m left there looking like a stooge to all the other customers like, “Oh... he just got ditched by the Pope!” So I bitterly end up stealing a bite of his grilled cheese. God forgives me though, cause He knows I wouldn’t answer a call at the table.