What does the Church ACTUALLY teach about education?

Courtesy of NAPCIS:

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Education quotes

For example:

Divini Illius Magistri, 80. “For the mere fact that a school gives some religious instruction (often
extremely stinted), does not bring it into accord with the rights of the Church and of the Christian
family, or make it a fit place for Catholic students. To be this, it is necessary that all the teaching and
the whole organization of the school, and its teachers, syllabus and text-books in every branch, be
regulated by the Christian spirit, under the direction and maternal supervision of the Church; so that
Religion may be in very truth the foundation and crown of the youth’s entire training; and this in
every grade of school, not only the elementary, but the intermediate and the higher institutions of
learning as well. To use the words of Leo XIII: (Militantis Ecclesiae, 1897) ‘It is necessary not only
that religious instruction be given to the young at certain fixed times, but also that every other subject
taught, be permeated with Christian piety. If this is wanting, if this sacred atmosphere does not
pervade and warm the hearts of masters and scholars alike, little good can be expected from any kind
of learning, and considerable harm will often be the consequence.’”

2 thoughts on “What does the Church ACTUALLY teach about education?”

  1. Hello

    Congratulations on your new blog. The concerns you have about the Ottawa Catholic School Board, are shared by a great many Catholics across the province. The malaise that infects the Ottawa board has been around for decades. It just continues to get worse. When I began high school teaching in the 70s, I was astounded at the dissent within the department of Religious Studies. Everything that Pope Pius X had condemned in 1907 (Pascendi, Lamentabili Sane) and Pope Pius XII in 1950 (Humani Generis), was flourishing. Exponents of the toxins, censured in these documents, triumphed at Vatican II. The current bishop of Rome, sadly, is graduate of this school of thought. I never thought the day would come when I would find myself praying for the re-conversion of a sitting Pope. In order to “re-catholicize” our schools and pulpits, our public worship, that is our liturgy, has to be “re-sacralized”. Pope Paul’s Mass simply cannot will not ever deliver. The old fifth century maxim, “Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, is as pertinent today as ever. Without liturgical sacredness we will not have sober and faithful doctrine.

    Nice to see a quote from “Divini Illius Magistri”. It still remains the Magna Carta of Catholic education. In today’s heterodox climate this hallowed document is very radioactive.


  2. FYI

    Just in case you, or your readers do not know. The Monks of Solesmes, published Papal Teachings: EDUCATION. Unfortunately this valuable summary, with analytical index, is no longer in print, but used copies come up on internet bookstores. Also very good is, The Popes on Youth, compiled and edited by Raymond B. Fullam, S.J. Again, another pre-conciliar gem that is out of print, but used copies are available.

    Edocere has some good stuff on traditional Catholic Education. Here is their website.

    These resources are solid, clear, lucid and faithful, quite a contrast, to the obscurantist slop, that pours out of OECTA, slop, that flourishes in the Catholic school boards of Ontario.

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