Skip to content

Pope Francis speaks against moral decay

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/1/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Child prostitutes and busy soup kitchens sicken pontiff over his adopted city

Pope Francis has taken the Eternal City to task for its widespread moral decay. Child prostitutes, poverty and busy soup kitchens make the Argentine pontiff question the veracity of his adopted home, which he says, should be a "mirror to the world."

The Pope noted that much of the poverty in Rome 'is caused by the economic crisis, not just from a cultural shift marked by selfishness and hedonism.'

The Pope noted that much of the poverty in Rome "is caused by the economic crisis, not just from a cultural shift marked by selfishness and hedonism."

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
7/1/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Pope Francis, Rome, prostitution, moral decay


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The 77-year-old Pope says the darker side of Roman life gives him "tremendous pain." Pope Francis granted a newspaper interview to mark the feasts of Saints Peter and Paul.

The Pope cited economic struggles, unemployment and Italy's falling birth rate.

Let's take time to pray for the less fortunate --

Speaking out in the Italian-language newspaper Il Messaggero, Pope Francis says that he had been sickened to learn that in his native Buenos Aires there were girls as young as 12 working as prostitutes.

"It made me sick. But even more so to see the powerful cars driven by old men pull up. They could have been their grandfathers. The little girl would be made up and the men would pay 15 pesos which would go towards buying drugs.

"For me, the people who do this to girls are pedophiles . It also happens in Rome. The Eternal City, which should be a beacon in the world, is a mirror of society's moral decay."

When asked whether he was more afraid of the moral degradation, or the material poverty of a city, Francis said that both made him "afraid."

Noting that many Roman families resort to soup kitchens in order to feed their families, the Pope said that "an auxiliary bishop of Rome told me that many people go to the soup kitchen and in secret, full of shame, take home food," he said.

He also blamed Europe's economic struggles for a falling birth rate, both in Italy and other European countries as people worried they could not afford to start a family.

"People are afraid of losing their jobs or not being able to pay the rent. Social policy does not help. Italy has a very low birth rate, and in Spain it is the same. France is a bit better, but it is also low.

"It is as if Europe has grown tired of being a mother, and would instead prefer to be a grandmother."

The Pope noted that "Much of this is caused by the economic crisis, not just from a cultural shift marked by selfishness and hedonism."

Not all of the comments the Pope had for the Eternal City were negative. He said he found the people of Rome "really likeable.

"I wish for them not to lose their joy, hope, and faith, despite the difficulties," he said.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for OCTOBER 2017
Workers and the Unemployed.
That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.


Comments


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

Catholic Online MasterClass
Learn from experts

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Catholic Media Missionaries
The New Evangelization

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.