Pope Warns Athletes On Doping
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI on Monday (Nov. 15) warned against doping in athletic competition, a practice he called incompatible with "human and Christian values."
The pope made his remarks at a meeting with Italian ski instructors at the Vatican.
"A balance between the physical and the spiritual dimensions ensures we do not idolize the body but respect it; not making it an instrument to be improved at all costs, perhaps even using illicit means," Benedict said.
The pope said athletics, "if practiced passionately and ethically, apart from fomenting a healthy spirit of competition, becomes a school in which to learn and develop human and Christian values."