Members of a special papal commission on the sexual abuse of children took issue with public comments by Pope Francis on spanking, during a press conference on February 7.
During his regular weekly public audience on Wednesday, February 4, the Pope had said that there was no inherent problem with spanking, provided that parents did not harm the dignity of the children.
Krysten Winter-Green, a member of the papal commission, said that she hoped to have an opportunity to speak with the Pontiff on that subject, and perhaps change his mind. She said that any use of force, by someone in a position of power over a child, is wrong. http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=23971