In the battle to combat immorality and instill certain values into professional sports, the Vatican says it wants NFL star Tim Tebow and NBA sensation Jeremy Lin on its team.
BY JEFF SCHAPIRO - THE TEBOW BEAT
The Pontifical Council for Culture, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012, has announced its plans to host a "We Believe In Sports" international conference as a way to promote the instillation of good values in athletic events around the world, reports Catholic News Service.
Msgr. Melchor Sanchez de Toca Alameda, head of the council's Culture and Sport section, also hopes to provide examples of people who demonstrate that faith and sports are compatible, CNS reports, which is why the council has invited Christian athletes like Tebow, the New York Jets quarterback, and Lin, the Houston Rockets point guard, to the event.
Professional sports are too financially driven, the monsignor says, and instead of being an enriching experience they have "reduced people to merchandise." He says American cyclist Lance Armstrong, who according to The Associated Press confessed to Oprah Winfrey in a recently-taped interview that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his career, is just one example of a competitor in a "rotten" cycling world where athletes are pressured by commercial interests into using illegal practices... FULL STORY