Vocabulary: dignity (n), to hit (v), to smack (v), to maintain (v), firmness (n), abuse (n).


The Pope has said that he agrees with parents who hit their children if “dignity is maintained”. He made the comment during the weekly general audience at the Vatican.


The Pope said that a good father is someone who forgives but also to “correct with firmness”.

However, some child abuse charities have questioned the Pope’s comment. The NAPAC (National Association for People Abused in Childhood) are particularly concerned about what the Pope said. Their leader Peter Saunders wants to raise the issue with the Pope again on Friday.

The issue is particularly important due to the recent stories of priests abusing children.