Pope Francis grants private audience to Apple CEO Cook

Pope Francis, who has often said people should limit their use of smartphones, granted a private audience on Monday to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Pope Francis blesses a child as he arrives for the general audience at the Vatican, October 9, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli/File Photo
Pope Francis blesses a child as he arrives for the general audience at the Vatican, October 9, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli/File Photo


Cook, head of the $2.4 trillion company whose iPhone has revolutionised personal communication, was on the pope’s daily audience list. As is customary, the Vatican did not disclose what was discussed during the private conversation.

The 85-year-old pope has a mixed relationship with cellphones… He often patiently allows people to take selfies with him. But he has also regularly warned people against becoming slaves to cellphones and other forms of technology…

On other occasions, he has said it was sad that people use their cellphone at the dinner table or while attending Mass.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote back in 2017:

Good parenting is good parenting.

For even more proof that Steve Jobs was an unparalleled visionary (as if we needed any), from The New York Times, September 10, 2014, Nick Bilton recounts a conversation he had with Steve Jobs in late 2010:

Bilton: So, your kids must love the iPad?
Jobs: They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.

“Since then, I’ve met a number of technology chief executives and venture capitalists who say similar things: they strictly limit their children’s screen time, often banning all gadgets on school nights, and allocating ascetic time limits on weekends,” Bilton reported. “I was perplexed by this parenting style. After all, most parents seem to take the opposite approach, letting their children bathe in the glow of tablets, smartphones and computers, day and night.”

Bilton reported, “Yet these tech C.E.O.’s seem to know something that the rest of us don’t.”

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    1. Cook is not a Catholic, and is therefore in no way subject to the Pope (and I say this as a Catholic); he would not take advantage of the private audience to admonish Cook, but rather to enlist his help in addressing general concerns which should be an issue for every person of morals (and I’m sure that, in general, Cook’s moral code is a good one, that “one subject” being excluded).

      1. You sound detached from your Catholic faith if you think popes or priests go around „admonishing” people for their sins, this is an anti-Christian canard. You have no insights into Cook’s „moral code” so how you can be „sure that it’s a good one” is apparently beyond the understanding of mere mortals. Sexual sin, both homosexuality and heterosexual promiscuity, are grave sins and offenses against God that put our souls in jeopardy (Catholic or not). I would hope and pray that Francis offered some guidance in this matter and that Cook was there because he is searching for a better path in life, not some base business dealings or „general concerns”.

    2. @ Sodom:
      This subject? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_Church_sex_abuse_cases_in_the_United_States
      Or the hypocrisy of the Family Values party? https://www.ranker.com/list/republican-sex-scandals/web-infoguy

      It’s highly unlikely that this private meeting was spent discussing your hotbutton US political issues. Pope Francis has met with Cook before, and has clearly stated that more needs to be done to reduce Big Tech addiction. Cook of course wants to learn from a PR master how to spread positive messages since he’s obviously not been able to reach you.

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