Pope “Not in the face! Not in the face!” Francis has been offering advice on child-rearing, based on his deep experience with the process, I’m sure.
One time, I heard a father in a meeting with married couples say ‘I sometimes have to smack my children a bit, but never in the face so as to not humiliate them’,Francis said.
How beautiful.he added.He knows the sense of dignity! He has to punish them but does it justly and moves on.
In case you think he sounds a bit Protestant here, you can always spot Catholicism by the way it praises humiliation as dignified and punishment as beautiful. They think of the Passion of the Christ as a scenic and elegant art film, you know.
If advice on child care from an old celibate isn’t your thing, how about economic advice from a pampered archbishop? Luigi Negri, the Catholic archbishop of Ferrara-Comacchio, knows exactly what’s wrong with Italy’s economy.
On Tuesday, Italian newspaper Corriere di Bologna quoted the archbishop as saying:The law against abortion has stopped more than six million Italians coming into the world and the shortage of children has made us fall into this economic crisis,according to a translation by English-Italian news site The Local.
The Italian unemployment rate is at 13.4%. The population of Italy is roughly 60 million, so pumping that up by 10% with children by unwilling mothers would somehow have solved all of their problems. I don’t know how, but you know Catholics…always loving a good Mystery.