Tattoos, Sex: Pope Francis’ Message To Youths

Tattoos, Sex: Pope Francis’ Message To Youths

 

Pope Francis may be the most coolest Pontiff ever, judging by his latest message to youths.
The head of the Roman Catholic church showed how different he really is while speaking to 300 youths on March 19, 2018, in preparation for October’s Synod of Bishops.

Pope Francis had an intimate session that gave him the opportunity to hear what the young adults think about the church and life in general. The meeting, which held in Rome, lasted for four hours.

Pope Francis on Tattoos

During the gathering, America Magazine reports that Yulian Vendzilovych, a seminarian at Holy Spirit Seminary in Lviv, asked about tattoos.

He specifically asked the pope what a young priest should do about tattoos which many believe “expresses true beauty.”

“Don’t be afraid of tattoos,” the Pope replied. “Of course, there can be exaggerations.” But a tattoo “is a sign of belonging.”

He recommended that young priests ask questions about the tattoos which would initiate a conversation about priorities, values, belonging, “and then you can approach the culture of the young.”

Pope Francis on sex

The Pontiff got a chance to talk about sex when Blessing Okoedion, from Nigeria, asked him about the church’s stance on prostitution.

“I ask myself, and I ask you: Is the male chauvinistic church able to truthfully ask itself about this high demand by clients?” she said.

“Prostitution is a serious problem,” that is based on a widespread mentality that “women are to be exploited.” This is why the Pope asked young people to “battle against this.”

“One who goes to a prostitute is a criminal, a criminal. This is not making love. This is torturing a woman. Let’s not confuse the terms. This is criminal,” he said.

Pope Francis also offered an apology to Okoedion, who escaped from prostitution. He said, “I want to take advantage of this moment, because you talked about baptized and Christians, to ask your forgiveness, from society and all the Catholics who do this criminal act.”

Pope Francis’ message to youth

The Pope got an earful from others who asked the church to do better with sexuality, same-sex attraction, the role of women, better catechesis and support in fighting the “culture of relativism.”

Responding to everyone, Pope Francis called the youth the ones to help the church fight “the logic of ‘it’s always been done this way,’” which he described as “a poison, a sweet poison that tranquilizes the heart and leaves you anesthetized so you can’t walk.”

Urging everyone to “keep an eye on the roots” of the church, he urged the young adults to find creative ways to use the Gospel to deal with modern issues.

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