Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Pope: Workaholic Dads Turn Kids Into Orphans; Tells Them "Waste Time" Playing with Offspring

Pope Francis said today (January 28, 2015) that many children are effectively orphans because their fathers are absorbed with work and do not play with them, the Catholic Herald website reports.

Speaking at his customary Wednesday morning audience, the Pontiff urged fathers to "waste time" playing with their offspring.

"They [children] are orphans, but within the family, because the fathers are often absent, also physically, from the home but above all because, when they are home, they do not behave as fathers, they do not have a dialogue with their children," Pope Francis said.

He added, "They do not give to their children ... those principles of life that they need, just as much as they need bread."

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