Aparecida 335: Christ, Foundation of Catholic Schools

If only this were true:

335. Thus we are in a position to affirm that in the educational project of the Catholic school, Christ, Perfect Man, is the foundation in whom all human values encounter their full realization, and accordingly their unity. He reveals and promotes the new meaning of existence and transforms it, enabling man and woman to live divinely; that is, to think, desire, and act, according to the Gospel, making the beatitudes the standard of their life.

However, there are mixed messages involved. But that’s true of any human endeavor:

Precisely because of the explicit reference to the Christian vision shared by all members of the school community—albeit in different degree and respecting the freedom of conscience and religious freedom of non-Christians present there—education is “Catholic” because for it the Gospel principles become educational norms, internal motivations, and at the same time, final goals. This is the specifically Catholic character of education. For Jesus Christ elevates and ennobles human persons, gives value to their existence, and constitutes the perfect example of life. He is the best news, proposed to young people by Catholic schools.(Congregation for Catholic Education, The Catholic School, n. 34)

The great hope is that the school is indeed a place to encounter Jesus, and not only an expression of Catholic culture bereft of God.

For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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