In February 2014, Pope Francis spoke at the gathering of the Congregation for Catholic Education and addressed the role of Catholic education in today’s world. He outlined the importance of the Christian message for all in education (Christians and non-Christians) in contexts strongly marked by cultural and religious pluralism. The Pope spoke abut the need for well-qualified educators, rich in humanity, who undergo permanent formation throughout their life in these roles.
Education institutions have a duty to be a living presence of the Gospel in the world. Teaching is an act of love, and in preparing future generations for life in today’s word.
In our current circumstances, it is important that we remind everyone in our Diocese of Pope Francis’ words. It is also important for parents of children in our Catholic schools to be aware of the different parties’ policies and reflect upon which of these reflect and protect them best in terms of support and provision for the next generation.