Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Catholic Education in Lancaster (England)

Here's an interesting mandate from the Bishop of Lancaster.

From now on, says the bishop, all primary and secondary schools must base RE lessons on the Catechism; schools that do not have a chapel should build one; there must be a crucifix in every classroom – and the Church’s teaching on sex outside marriage and abortion must be upheld

...Bishop O’Donoghue’s 60-page instruction to his diocesan schools, entitled “Fit for Mission?”, tells them that they must abandon an attitude that “limits our children’s faith to what they or their teachers personally consider ‘relevant’ ”.

He writes: “The tragic consequence of selection based on ‘relevance’ is that great truths are ignored or treated superficially, such as the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity, the incarnation of the Son of God, the virginal conception of Mary, Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist.”

Prayer in schools is sometimes hollow and superficial, he says – so he wants to reintroduce adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the rosary.

Sounds utterly reasonable, doesn't it?

HT: Holy Smoke

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