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posted Jun 20, 2018, 9:03 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jun 20, 2018, 9:03 AM ]

Document on Sports: Giving the Best of Yourself


Sports touch the lives of many people, and while they can be a vehicle for character growth, they can also pose moral dangers, as in cases of abuse or corruption, warned a Vatican document released recently.

Published June 1, the document addressed specific abuses which can and do take place in the world of sports, when the emphasis on the dignity of the human person is overshadowed by the attitude of "winning at all costs," or the desire for money, fame or power.

"The Church feels co-responsible for sport and for safeguarding it from the drifts that threaten it every day, particularly dishonesty, manipulations and commercial abuse," the document stated.

Among these problems, it emphasised, is the physical, emotional, or sexual abuse of minors, who "have the right to be protected in their bodily integrity."

Any incidence of abuse by coaches, trainers or other adults is an affront to God and to the young person "who is created in the image and likeness of God," it continues.

In a question and answer session with journalists on June 1, Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life, said that problems of abuse in sports are something the Church "will always condemn," doing whatever it can within its power to stop it or prevent it from happening.


Dictatorships begin with taking over media to spread lies: Pope


All dictatorships begin the same way; media outlets are put in the hands of "unscrupulous" people who spread lies and weaken democracy, Pope Francis said.

Typical standards, norms and laws in regard to communications are first eliminated, the Pope said.

Then an entire media or communication outlet is handed over "to a firm, a business that slanders, tells lies, weakens democracy, and then the judges come to judge these weakened institutions, these destroyed, condemned people, and a dictatorship makes progress this way," he said.

"All dictatorships, all of them, began like this, by adulterating communication, by putting communications in the hands of people without scruples, of governments without scruples," he added.

Jezebel succeeds in her plot to help her husband, King Ahab, take possession of their neighbour's land; the neighbour, Naboth, refused to sell what had belonged to his family for generations. Jezebel arranged for two men to accuse Naboth of cursing God and the king, for which Naboth was stoned to death.


Pope: Abortion of sick, disabled children reflects Nazi mentality


In a speech to a family association on Saturday, June 16, 2018, Pope Francis again stressed that God's vision of the family is between a man and a woman, and compared the abortion of children who are sick or disabled to a Nazi mentality.

"I've heard that it's fashionable, or at least usual, that when in the first few months of pregnancy, they do studies to see if the child is healthy or has something, the first offer is: let's send it away," said the Pope, referring to the trend of aborting sick or disabled children.

This, he said, is "the murder of children... to get a peaceful life, an innocent [person] is sent away... We do the same as the Nazis to maintain the purity of the race, but with white gloves."

"It's an atrocity, but we do the same thing," he said, according to Italian media.

Pope Francis spoke to members of the Forum of Family Associations, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

His words on abortion came just days after his home country of Argentina voted June 14 in favour of a bill that would legalise abortion as early as the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. The comments also come just over a month ahead of his Aug. 25-26 trip to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families, which will feature Jesuit Fr James Martin as a keynote speaker on how to be welcoming to the LGBT community.