.- The chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, said this week in Valencia, Spain, that religion is important for the intellectual development of children.
Speaking with reporters, Archbishop Sanchez said that eliminating religion from the life of a child is âlike taking away his bread, his nourishment.â
âThroughout the history of mankind,â he said, âthe profound questions raised by religion are what have provided the greatest incentive for the development of the sciences, philosophy and knowledge.â Therefore, he said religion is a âfundamental necessity.â
Archbishop Sanchez said he was in favor of treating religion the same as other subjects in school curricula. âIf you do not require certain things from young people, they donât study,â he said.