The Vatican has invited NFL quarterback Tim Tebow and NBA basketball player Jeremy Lin, two top-tier Christian athletes, to an international conference on "re-instilling values in sports" that will be held this spring. The conference intends to "help bring ethical values back to a scandal-ridden world of sports."
According to Catholic News Service, The Pontifical Council for Culture is planning to host the international conference, which will be titled, "We Believe in Sports."
Msgr. Melchor Sanchez de Toca Alameda, head of the council's "Culture and Sport" section, told Catholic News Service that pro sports "have become a commodity that is subordinate to the free market and, therefore, to profit."
The conference will have two goals:
First: "to help put healthy values back into sport and counteract the current market logic, because if the current state of affairs continues, all is lost."
Second: to help the church see sport as an important resource for future priests, Catholic schools, parishes and catechists.