Pope Benedict XVI received Gianni Alemanno, mayor of the City of Rome, Esterino montino, vice president of the Region of Lazio, Italy, and Nicola Zingaretti, president of the Province of Rome for the traditional exchange of New Year greetings. The Holy Father touched on several issues in his address to these local leaders, however, in light of my previous post, these words stood out:
"When educating on the great questions of affectivity and sexuality, which are so important for life, we must avoid showing adolescents and young people ways that tend to devalue these fundamental dimensions of human existence. To this end the Church calls for everyone to collaborate, especially those who work in schools, to educate the young to a lofty vision of human love and sexuality. Thus I invite everyone to understand that, in pronouncing her 'noes', the Church is really saying 'yes' to life, to love lived in the truth of the giving of self to the other, to the love that opens up to life and does not close itself in a narcissistic view of the couple".