Remember Pope Francis, the kindly, humble, smiling Jesuit?
That guy. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, from Buenos Aires.
Jorge reckons it’s all right to hit children as long as you don’t hit them in the face, because that would be humiliating.
After all, it isn’t even a tiny bit humiliating to be pushed around by somebody bigger, as we all know. Just as long as they don’t slap us in the face. That would be very humiliating, but we’re ok with a smack on the arm, which is why your boss is allowed to do it if you screw up at work. And why your spouse is allowed to leather you if you annoy them. And why the police are allowed to beat you about the calves if they catch you double parking.
Isn’t that right? Just not on the face.
This unwed cleric, who has fathered no children and raised no children, sees no humiliation in hitting a powerless person, provided that person is a child, but perhaps that’s because he doesn’t see children as people. Perhaps he sees them as possessions.
He also doesn’t seem to understand precisely what violence is.
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”.
How beautiful. He knows the sense of dignity! He has to punish them but does it justly and moves on.
I wouldn’t care what Pope Francis said if it wasn’t a fact that so many people listen to him. But here he is, endorsing an act that is illegal in many countries for a good reason: we can’t guide children with violence. All we can do with violence is instil fear, which, I suppose, is pretty much how the Catholic church has always tried to guide its followers (or flock, as it insultingly refers to them).
You might say that a light smack is not violence, to which the obvious reply is, Really? Is that how you’ll feel the next time a workmate or a family member gives you an unwanted light smack to make you do what they tell you?
I have no doubt that many celibate, childless ideologues will agree with Bergoglio, coming from a position of complete ignorance on childrearing, but luckily, such ideologues have no children of their own. All we can fear is that they have access to other people’s children.
Methinks the Masque of Bergoglio slippeth.