Santiago, Chile, Oct 18, 2017 / 23:04 pm
Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, proposed last week five keys for pastoral education “to respond in depth to the current challenges of society.”
The cardinal participated in Chile's Sixth National Congress on Catholic Education, Oct. 12-13, organized by the Chilean bishops' conference and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.
In his keynote address, Cardinal Versaldi explained that education “must be careful to avoid two extreme and opposite dangers: that of an educational program imposed on the student without respecting his autonomy and requirements; and an educational program that simply goes along with whatever the students ask for, or without any consideration for their personal growth.”
The cardinal then proposed five keys for education in Catholic schools:
Proclamation of the Christian life
“The Catholic school has both the right and duty to not only teach in consistency with its own values, but also to have an inner dynamic of proclaiming and living the Christian life,” Cardinal Versaldi said.
“Such an educational program becomes for believers in Christ an opportunity for growth and the integration of faith and reason and also for living out the life of the Church.”
For non-believers it is “an opportunity to better know the authentic Gospel message which their conscience has to then consider and which they're always free to accept or not,” he said.