23 August 2018
World Meeting of Families

Msgr. Tighe (PCC), “Sport, the privileged way to transmit good values”

"If sport can reach its goal of involving and including everyone, it will help to inspire a vision of solidarity that offers hope to all of humanity,” said Msgr. Paul Tighe, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, this morning during the panel session dedicated to the relationship between family and sport, at the Dublin World Meeting of Families. Focusing on the commitment of the SSH Foundation, Msgr. Tighe emphasized how it is working to “create a partnership between religious leaders, representatives of civil society, international organizations, and those who have direct responsibility for the governance of different sports.” The aim is “to ensure that sport realizes its potential as a great human asset in the promotion of the prosperity of individuals and society.” “In particular, SSH wants to highlight the 6 principles of compassion, respect, love, enlightenment, equilibrium, and joy. These are principles inherent to sports, but they have relevance for all aspects of human life.” The Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture is convinced that “sport has a privileged capacity, and probably the concomitant responsibility, in raising the profile of these principles and values and encouraging their pursuit, thanks to its centrality in the life of so many people and its global extension.” Athletes are, therefore, models. “The fame and celebrity of many athletes give them a unique opportunity to shape and defend these principles.”