Monday, December 16, 2013

The Hansen’s Hobson's choice

The Nippon Foundation Joint Appeal Letter to His Holiness Pope Francis, posted at the International Bar Association, says,
"We have noted your use of the word 'leprosy' in recent months to label aspects of the Church that you seek to reform, such as when you said that 'careerism is a leprosy' and 'the court is the leprosy of the papacy.'

"While we are sure this was not your intention, using the term 'leprosy' to denote something negative or undesirable undermines efforts to eliminate the stigma associated with the disease and to enable people affected by leprosy to live in dignity free from discrimination. We respectfully request that you refrain from this usage in future."

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