|I tried to find a photo of a Cardinal in a track suit, and all I could come up with is a FLYIN' FATHER in a cassock. Check out this link. The Flying Fathers represent my idea of Catholic values in sports. Plus they cheat.|
It's good to know that when the Vatican is not protecting us from priests who wonder about reforming a few things, they are always searching for other avenues in which to assert Catholic moral values. Now it's professional athletics. Personally I think they are way too late to save professional athletics from itself, but what ever. The following article is taken from Catholic News Service and written by Carol Glatz.
Vatican to enlist Christian all-stars to help scandal-ridden sports
Msgr. Melchor Sanchez de Toca Alameda, head of the council's "Culture and Sport" section, told Catholic News Service on Wednesday that pro sports "have become a commodity that is subordinate to the free market and, therefore, to profit." (The Vatican truly does move at a glacial pace. That economic thing happened over a century ago.)
Instead of sports being an activity that builds important values, respects human dignity and helps shape the whole human person, "it has reduced people to merchandise," he said. (The athletes went right along with this, like a lot of entertainers.)
U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong's admission to doping was just the tip of the iceberg, he said, since high-stakes commercial interests pressure almost every professional cyclist into the illegal practice. The world of cycling and soccer is "a world that is rotten," he said.
"We want to work with the big sports bodies to give new value to sports" and the upcoming conference -- titled "We Believe in Sports" -- will be one way to get that initiative started, the monsignor said.
The council will also have Catholic and Christian athletes in attendance, to give witness to how the worlds of faith and sports can easily come together. (Actually they don't come together so easily. One can't help but wonder why neither Tebow nor Lynn are with the teams they were with when their fame as Christian poster children became widespread.)
He said the council hoped its participant line-up would include two high-profile Christian U.S. sports stars: NFL quarterback Tebow of the Denver Broncos, and NBA basketball player Lin of the Houston Rockets.
The goal of the conference is two-fold, Sanchez de Toca said.
First: "to help put healthy values back into sport and counteract the current market logic, because if the current state of affairs continues, all is lost." (It was lost a long time ago. Or as a very famous Catholic football coach, Vince Lombardi, stated fifty years ago: "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." The best Tim can do is win one for Jesus, but it's still all about competition and winning, and not about Jesus.)
Second: to help the church see sport as an important resource for future priests, Catholic schools, parishes and catechists. (Ohhh I get it, to find priests who pass for macho straight athletes, like uhmmm, I know! Georg Ganswein.)
The former-modern pentathlete-turned-priest said the council also wants to hold a "Race of Faith" -- a 100-meter jog, shuffle or sprint up the Via della Conciliazione toward St. Peter's Square during the gathering.
"We want to see lots of cardinals in tracksuits, too," he said. (I might actually buy a ticket to see Cardinal Burke shuffle in a tracksuit with his matching socks and shoes. Undoubtedly he would be sponsored by any number of clerical designers and tailors.)