The Catholic Church is the oldest institution in the western world. It can trace its history back almost 2000 years. Today there are more than a billion Catholics in the world, spread across all five continents with particular concentrations in southern Europe, the United States, the Philippines and the countries of Central and South America. The Catholic Church is controlled by one of the most influential figures, the Pope. There have been a total of 266 popes in a continuous line of apostolic succession spanning almost 2000 years. The current pope (#266) is Pope Francis. Throughout his appointment Pope Francis has caused a lot of controversy recently. My final project will cover a few of Popes Francis recent controversial actions and how the media is portraying it to the public.
Is it ok to spank your children?
Well according to the pope sure can as long as their dignity is maintained. During his weekly general audience, which was devoted to the role of fathers in the family. Pope Francis spoke about the traits of a good father: one who forgives but is able to “correct with firmness” while not discouraging the child. The Pope uses this to his claim; however, he caused great controversy when he said that he found it beautiful! When he 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. Pope Francis said that “He knows the sense of dignity! He has to punish them but does it justly and moves on.” Many people might of misunderstood what the Pope was trying to say so Rev. Thomas Rosica, who collaborates with the Vatican press office, said the pope was obviously not speaking about committing violence or cruelty against a child but rather about “helping someone to grow and mature.”.
Unfurtunaly this has cause great controversy in the media according to The Huff Post Religion who post this article the commented that “The Catholic Church’s position on corporal punishment came under sharp criticism last year during a grilling by members of a U.N. human rights committee monitoring implementation of the U.N. treaty on the rights of the child.” Also according to fox news “Pope Francis is stirring up controversy with remarks that it’s OK to spank children as long as it’s done with dignity, the pope was speaking at the Vatican this week on the importance of a good father. He recalled a conversation with a father who admitted he hit his children, but not in the face.”(Kelly File) The rest of the article continues with this same theme as the Huff Post Article.
Must one breed like Rabbits?
Once again Pope Francis is following his own advice and “creating a mess” over contraception. moments earlier, Francis had signaled his approach to the vexed birth control issue when, with equally quotable verve, he said the contraception ban “does not mean that the Christian must make children in series.”(David Gibson). Francis said there are plenty of church-approved ways to regulate births. He also said no outside institution should impose its views on regulating family size, blasting what he called “ideological colonization” of the developing world. The pope was quoted saying that “the church’s ban on artificial means of birth control and said Catholics should practice “responsible parenting.”(William M. Welch). David Gibson, who covers the Catholic Church and the Vatican for Religion News Service, said in an interview that Pope Francis’ remarks reinforced the Vatican’s 1968 letter on birth control by Pope Paul VI, when he rejected contraceptives such as “the pill.” But he said Francis did so with his more plain-spoken, pastoral voice.(William M. Welch) This infallibility claim is the cornerstone of modern papal power. Is the pope intentionally trying to curtail future papal power? Whatever his intent, the more he pushes for his contraception ban in the face of overwhelming scientific and social evidence, the clearer it becomes that claiming personal infallibility makes popes appear weaker, not stronger.(Jerry Slevin)
In conclusion media intends to reach a large audience by mass communication. The technologies through which this communication takes place varies. Broadcast media such as radio, recorded music, film and television transmit their information electronically. Pope Francis’s actions are watched and covered regularly and the media presents the information in such a way they feel fitting. One article may present one view, while another presents just the opposite. The Pope has made some controversial decisions since he became head of the Church and will probably continue.
File, Kelly. “Pope Francis: It’s OK to Spank Children If It’s Done With Dignity.” Fox News Insider. Fox News, 15 Feb. 2015. Web. 26 Apr. 2015. <http://insider.foxnews.com/2015/02/06/pope-francis-its-ok-spank-children-long-its-done-dignity>.
Windfield, Nicole. “Pope Francis Thinks It’s OK To Spank Children Under Right Circumstances.” Huff Post Religion. 6 Feb. 2015. Web. 30 Apr. 2015. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/06/pope-children-spanking_n_6630410.html?utm_hp_ref=religion>.
Welch, William M. “Pope: Catholics Need Not Breed ‘like Rabbits'” Usa Today. 19 Jan. 2015. Web. 30 Apr. 2015. <http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/01/19/pope-birth-control-comments/22017365/>.
Gibson, David. “Did Pope Francis Just Break New Ground On Birth Control?” Huff Post Religion. Religion News Services, 20 Jan. 2015. Web. 20 Apr. 2015. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/20/pope-francis-birth-control_n_6510664.html?utm_hp_ref=religion>.