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The Catholic Church’s Teaching on Catholic Education

 

 

The Role of the Catholic School

 

“Among educational means the Christian faithful should greatly value schools, which are principal assistance to parents in fulfilling their educational task.”  

Code of Canon Law (1917, revised 1983)

 

The Catholic school community, therefore, is an irreplaceable source of service, not only to the pupils and its other members, but also to society. Today especially one sees a world which clamors for solidarity and yet experiences the rise of new forms of individualism. Society can take note from the Catholic school that it is possible to create true communities out of a common effort for the common good.”  

The Catholic School (Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education 1988)

 

“Community is at the heart of Christian education not simply as a concept to be taught but as a reality to be lived.”

 To Teach As Jesus Did (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 1972)

 

“The Catholic School is at the heart of the Church.”
The Catholic School on the Threshold of the 3rd Millenium (Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education 1997)

 

“The school is a place of integral formation.  Its task is fundamentally a synthesis of culture and faith. A synthesis of faith and life.”

The Catholic School (Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education 1988)

 

 

The Role of Parents and Families in Catholic Education

 

“The role of parents in education is of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute.”

Gravissimum Educationis, Declaration on Christian Education ( 2nd Vatican Council 1965)

 

“Catholic parents are reminded of their duty to send their children to Catholic schools whereve this is possible, to give Catholic schools all the support in their power, and to cooperate with them in their work for the good of their children.”

Gravissimum Educationis, Declaration on Christian Education ( 2nd Vatican Council 1965)

 

 

The Role of Catholic School Teachers

 

“Teaching has an extraordinary moral depth and is one of man's most excellent and creative activities, for the teacher does not write on inanimate material, but on the very spirits of human beings.”

The Catholic School on the Threshold of the Third Millennium (Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education, 1997)

 

“The entire effort of the Catholic school teacher is oriented towards an integral formation of each student.”

Lay Catholics in Schools: Witnesses of Faith (Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education 1982)

 

The Role of Priests and Religious in Catholic Education

 

“When it [Catholic Education] is animated by lay and consecrated persons that live the same educational mission in sincere unity, the Catholic school shows the face of a community that tends toward an increasingly deeper communion.”

   Educating Together (Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education, 2007)

 

“By living their vocations with generosity and eagerness, consecrated persons bring to schools their experience of a relationship with God, based on prayer, the Eucharist, the sacrament of Reconciliation, and the spirituality of communion that characterizes the life of religious communities.”

Consecrated Persons and Their Mission in School: Reflections and Guidelines (Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education, 2002