Nein Pfui, Papst Franziskus, da ist nichts Schönes dran, ein Kind zu schlagen – Al Jazeera USA
Sakrament der Gewaltanwendung gegen Kinder:
Nein Pfui, Papst Franziskus, da ist nichts Schönes dran, ein Kind zu schlagen.
Pontiff ignores decades of medical literature on corporal punishment – and survivors like me.
Pope Francis has officially lost his revolutionary cred. Known for his willingness to challenge church doctrine, to bring religion into the 21st century and to speak truth to power, he clearly hasn’t gotten an updated parenting manual. He appears to still be reading from a 17th-century edition that advised Europeans that children could be possessed by a devil that should be driven out with a rod of correction.
During a recent general weekly audience, the pope decided to offer some advice to the world’s parents. “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,’” he told the audience. “How beautiful!”
He then praised the father’s actions, saying, “He knows the sense of dignity. He has to punish them but does it justly and moves on.”
Did somebody slip a mickey in the pontiff’s communal chalice?
There is nothing beautiful or dignified about physically assaulting a child. At its core, corporal punishment — legalized brutality — is about intentionally causing pain. It is a form of humiliation that denies children the right to bodily integrity and puts them at risk for a slew of negative behaviors. If Francis had stopped — or sent one of his many researchers to the Vatican Library — to look at more than 60 years of medical literature, he would realize the numerous harms that come from smacking a kid. …..