While browsing through a Catholic site, I came across an ad asking me, “Want to know what the pope is thinking?” with a picture of some guy’s hand holding a Blackberry with a text message from the Pope saying, “I know. You could be a saint.”
Uhh… how could I not click that ad? I just saw Phil from sales get beatified without so much as excusing himself from his meeting with marketing. He barely had to take his eyes off Sharron’s PowerPoint presentation!
Besides, I really would like to know what the Pope is thinking. But what i found was truly offensive to Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
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It’s been a while since I was in CCD, but I’m pretty sure it takes more than wallpaper to become 100% Catholic. I suppose it’s better than actually having your phone baptized (for your phone’s sake anyway), but I’m pretty sure no graphic can actually replace the first Sacrament as a means of committing your soul to Catholicism. Sorry, kids, your phone is going to hell… even if the wallpaper you download this lovely picture of the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (nee Mother Teresa):
(An image whose terrifyingness is only rivaled by Heath Ledger’s Joker. Why would I pay $2 for this?)
Seriously, that anyone would market their religion ANYTHING this way baffles me. And doesn’t the Pope have better things to do than send text messages? Like talking to God and making amends to rape victims? This has to be more offensive to Catholics than anything Rebecca or PZ could say.
It does make me wonder what the Pope’s Twitter feed would look like, though.