Pope Francis on Families & Children



Church cannot remain indifferent to abuse of minors

I am fully aware of the position of the Catholic Church. I happen to be Roman Catholic. A wise man said, "the abuse of minors is an offense so brutal, the church cannot remain indifferent to this, and the church must punish such priests, and that includes to support the legal action. There is no other way out of this because it's a crime. No worse, it's leaving them alive, but destroyed." That statement was made by Pope Francis and I say we stand with Pope Francis & we pass the Child Victims Act.
Source: Gov. Cuomo 2019 State of the State address to NY legislature , Jan 15, 2019

No ideological colonization of contraception & abortion

Speaking about the family and how it's contributed to keeping cultures alive, Pope Francis said that today there are "ideological forms of colonialism, disguised as progress." "Ideological colonization" is a papal shorthand for attempts by Western governments and NGOs to compel impoverished nations to accept measures such as contraception & abortion as a condition of development assistance. Francis also spoke of the need to "raise our voices" against pressure in favor of the sterilization of women, which, he said, at times happens without their knowledge.

That's a highly sensitive issue in Peru, since former President Alberto Fujimori launched a family planning program in 1996 that involved the sterilization of thousands of women. Justified at the time by a desire to reduce poverty, the program stirred controversy when many women, mostly members of the country's Amazonian indigenous groups, reported that they had been sterilized without their consent.

Source: CruxNow.com, "Pope in Amazon," by Inés San Martín , Jan 19, 2018

The Future You: life is shaped by interaction

Pope Francis made a surprise appearance at the TED 2017 conference as he spoke about power, interaction and the future. His talk, titled "The Future You," was filmed in Vatican City and debuted at the conference in Vancouver. The future--like life--is shaped by interaction, the pontiff said.

"Please, allow me to say it loud and clear: the more powerful you are, the more your actions will have an impact on people, the more responsible you are to act humbly," he said.

"I very much like its title --'The Future You'--because, while looking at tomorrow, it invites us to open a dialogue today: the future is made of encounters, because life flows through our relations with others. Everyone's existence is deeply tied to that of others: life is not time merely passing by, life is about interactions." Pope Francis ended his talk saying, "The future of humankind isn't exclusively in the hands of politicians, of great leaders, of big companies."

Source: Time Magazine, "Pope's Surprise TED Talk," by L.M.Segarra , Apr 26, 2017

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