Pope Francis Is OK With Spanking ... If Dignity Is Kept
Whether he meant to or not, Pope Francis stepped into the corporal punishment debate during his weekly address by weighing in on spanking.By Jake Godin | February 6, 2015
Pope Francis has weighed in on some pretty heavy topics during his papacy so far — gay marriage, jihadist militants, divorce and now, parenting. Specifically, spanking.
“Once at a marriage meeting, I heard a father say: ‘Sometimes I have to hit the children a bit, but never in the face so as not to demean them.’ That’s lovely. A sense of dignity,” Pope Francis said during his weekly address.
The parenting advice came during the Pope’s weekly general audience, which carried the theme of how to be a good father.