(CNN) Pope Francis has stirred up a hornet's nest with remarks in which he said it's OK for parents to spank children, so long as they do it with dignity.
The comments came in his general audience Wednesday in St. Peter's Square, when Francis was talking about the importance of a good father within a family.
"I once heard at a wedding a father say, 'I sometimes have to hit my children a little but never in the face, so as to not demean them.' How nice, I thought, he has a sense of dignity," the Pope said.
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"When he punishes, he does it right and moves on."