The Value of Sports to the Church

Updated Tuesday December 1, 2015 by CYO.

 

Sport, because of the wholesome elements it gives value to and exalts, may become more and more a vital instrument for the moral and spiritual elevation of the human person and therefore contribute to the construction of an orderly, peaceful and hardworking society.

"The Church approves and encourages sports seeing in it a form of gymnastics of the body and of the spirit, a training for social relations based on respect for others and for one's own person and an element of social cohesion which also fosters friendly relations..."

-- Blessed Pope John Paul II

"...sport, practiced with passion and ethical sense, in addition to exercising a healthy competative spirit, becomes a school to learn and deepen human and Christian values."

-- Pope Benedict XVI