VATICAN CITY – The Pope who has worked hard to reverse intolerance in the Catholic church says spanking your kids is OK as long as their dignity is maintained. He made the comments during his weekly general audience, which focused on the role of fathers in the family.
“A good father knows how to wait and knows how to forgive from the bottom of his heart. Of course he can also discipline with a firm hand: he’s not weak, submissive , sentimental. This father knows how to discipline without demeaning; he knows how to protect without restraint. I once heard at a wedding a father say, I sometimes have to hit my children a little but never in the face, so as to not demean them. How nice, I thought, he has a sense of dignity. When he punishes, he does it right and moves on. ” said Pope Francis.