The Pope’s answer for better behavior is to hit our children – with “dignity”. Does the religious practice of child-beating (Proverbs 23:13-14) make better societies? Let’s see.
USA, 1950: only 4% of people were non-religious. Today, 23% are non-religious. A third of American youth are non-religious, so the trend will continue to grow. Crime rates have been steadily dropping in USA – doesn’t look like religion makes people better behaved. In fact, only half of one percent of the American prison population has been atheistic, since the 1990s. So: 99.5% of American convicted criminals are religious. So much for the Pope’s dignified thumpings.
The largest ever study of religion and family life in USA found a higher ethical values and moral standards among the non-religious. Another study has found more racism and intolerance among the religious. Meanwhile, the least religious nations (such as Sweden, Denmark, Japan and New Zealand) have the lowest crime rates in the world.
There are plenty of good places to learn about good parenting. Religious institutions do not often seem to be among them.