POPE FRANCIS: TO PONT. ACAD. FOR LIFE, "HONOUR" THOSE WHO "COULD BE LEFT TO DIE"

The fourth commandment, which requires us to "honour" our father and mother, "could be translated today as the duty to have extreme respect for and take care of those who, due to their social or physical conditions, could be left to die or made to die". Pope Francis spoke these words as he received in audience the participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life on the theme "Assisting the elderly and palliative care". The Pontiff recalled that the "Biblical commandment which requires us to honour our parents reminds us of the respect we must show to all elderly people". According to the Pope, the fourth commandment is "very topical for contemporary society, where the logic of utilitarianism takes precedence over solidarity and selflessness, even within families". The Bible, Pope Francis recalled, "has a serious warning for those who neglect or mistreat their parents": "the same judgement applies today when parents, having grown older and having become less useful, are marginalised to the point of abandonment". (continued) ” “

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