Thursday, May 28, 2009

Benedict XVI points to education to fight relativism

Vatican City, May 28, 2009 / 02:32 pm (CNA).- The bishops of Italy met this afternoon with Pope Benedict, who spoke to them about the “urgent task” of education in Christian values, the upcoming Year for Priests, the earthquake that struck the Abruzzo region and the impact of the financial crisis.

The meeting of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI), which began on May 25 and will last until the 29th, is examining the theme: "The educational question: the urgent task of education."

Addressing the bishops, the Pope began by highlighting their effort to establish "an educational project that stems from a coherent and complete vision of man, which can arise only from the perfect image and realization of him we have in Jesus Christ."

This kind of education is particularly necessary since modern society is filled with “relativistic and nihilistic concepts of life” that “exercise a powerful enticement,” the Pope said.

The principal contribution that the Church can make at a time when the legitimacy of education is in doubt is that of “bearing witness to our trust in life and in man, in his reason and in his capacity to love," said the Holy Father.

See also from Zenit, "Letter for Year for Priests."


At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Brian said...

I have to agree. Education in Christian values is so lacking. And so many Catholic schools are closing. We have to encourage religious vocations - we need teaching sisters and brothers.
Parental education regarding the value of religious vocations is also important. And of course, we need to pray...

God bless!

At 3:50 PM, Blogger Dr. Denice Hanley, DPM, M.Div. said...

I so agree. We need sound and orthodox Catholic catechesis desperately. Thanks so much for your comment and your prayers!


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