Does the Pope really not remember the time when sports involved giant coliseums and people being eaten by tigers? Or when sports just a few decades ago didn't even let black people play?
We're not quite sure what kind of lost morality he's looking for, but we also have to say that contrary to popular belief, not everyone is a Christian.
Yet here he goes: The Pontifical Council for Culture is going to host an international conference on re-instilling values in sports this spring, inviting representatives from top world governing bodies like FIFA, the International Cycling Union and the Italian National Olympic Committee — including Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin.
Apparently their biggest problem with sports is how it has "reduced people to merchandise." It's as if they don't understand that it's money that keeps sports going, just like it's money that keeps the church going.
According to the source, here is the goal of the conference:
First: "to help put healthy values back into sport and counteract the current market logic, because if the current state of affairs continues, all is lost."
Second: to help the church see sport as an important resource for future priests, Catholic schools, parishes and catechists.
Like we said, not everybody is religious, and not all religious people are the same denomination. Forcing your way into an arena that is more about ability than it is about who or what you believe in might not be the best thing. Especially when your goal isn't about the morality like you tried to say, but sounds like just a ploy to indoctrinate as many people as possible.
Seems kinda shady to us! People should be able to believe in whatever religion they want without being bothered by others!
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