.- Commenting on the proposed changes to educational policies by Spainâs Socialist government, Archbishop Antonio CaÃ±izares Llovera of Toledo warned this Monday in Madrid that the proposals would only âmake the broken culture of our time worseâ by departing further from âthe authentic view of man.â
Speaking to some 400 people who attended a Mass for the 140th anniversary of two local schools, the Archbishop pointed out as well that attempts to âexclude Christ from schoolsâ lead to âthe loss of the human person.â
Archbishop CaÃ±izares argued that Jesus Christ âis the key to seeing and understanding that great and fundamental reality which is man. One cannot understand and see man fully without Christ. One cannot understand who man is, what his true dignity is, or what his vocation is or his final destiny.â
Consequently, the Archbishop stated, âThe meaning of a Christian presence in educationâ is âto lead children and young people to the light that is Christ.â
âTo erase Him from mankindâs history is an act against man,â and therefore âwe cannot exclude Christ from the schools,â
Immense task of reconstruction
During his homily, Archbishop CaÃ±izares underscored that âin the countries of ancient Christian tradition such as Spain, an immense task of reconstruction is needed.â
Nevertheless, he emphasized that âthere will be no reconstruction of a human world without a new evangelization,â and he stated that âit is urgent that new generations come or return to the school of Christ to discover the true meaning being men and women or the profound meaning of key words and realities such as peace, love and justice.â
âThe task is enormous, but we have all of the reasons in the world to be hopeful: in the midst of todayâs difficulties, the drama of the human heart remains, and that human heart was created for encountering Christ; manâs eyes were made to see the light and to be open to the truth that is Christ,â he said.
Lastly, the Archbishop exhorted teachers ânot to be stuck in ideals and values, as attractive as they may be.â âHe who does not encounter the very person of Jesus Christ and does not entrust himself to Him has not fully understood himself in all of his depth and grandeur,â Archbishop CaÃ±izares said.