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Surprise! The Pope's a Technophobe!

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And it's not because he's concerned about jobs in the publishing industry.

Presiding over a Palm Sunday crowd, pious octogenarian Pope Benedict XVI stressed that "technology shouldn't replace God." He said man risks his relationship with God if his focus on his iPad or Droid dominates his life, drawing an unintentional parallel between God and millions of wives worldwide.

But Pope Benedict stressed that an interest in technology could lead to a very sinful need to "be like God."

"From the beginning men and women have been filled -- and this is as true today as ever -- with a desire to 'be like God', to attain the heights of God by their own powers," he said. "Mankind has managed to accomplish so many things: we can fly! We can see, hear and speak to one another from the farthest ends of the earth. And yet the force of gravity which draws us down is powerful."

But here comes the caveat: Pope Benedict said that the benefits of technology also come with the possibilities for evil. The want to be godlike through technology could destroy the desire to be good and create an uncaring, self-serving, even despotic character.

So, technology's a lot like religion, then. I get it.

But it needn't be all bad, Pope. As the webcomic XKCD reminds us, the deity-like powers we achieve through normal, everyday web operations aren't exactly malicious.

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