Pope: Care for and Respect the Elderly, Storehouses of Wisdom

Pope: Care for and Respect the Elderly, Storehouses of Wisdom

In his general audience March 4, Pope Francis condemned modern society for silently disposing of the elderly, saying that a civilization that views them only as burdensome is perverse and ill.

“It is a mortal sin to discard our elderly. … The elderly are not aliens. We are them: In a short or in a long while, we are inevitably them, even though we choose not to think about it,” the Pope told pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square.

“A society where the elderly are discarded carries within it the virus of death,” he said, warning that if we do not learn to care for and respect our elderly, “we will be treated in the same way.”