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Patrick J. Reilly

Patrick J Reilly
Did Pope Francis Say ‘Don’t Proselytize’?
Catholic education, done rightly, is a special and important means of evangelization, the mission of the Church. It brings young people to Christ and provides for the integral formation of mind, body and soul. 

And so, judging from the reaction that I have been hearing from some parents and educators, there is a bit of consternation over Pope Francis’ strong words last week against “proselytism” in Catholic schools. My colleagues from The Cardinal Newman Society who were present for the Holy Father’s conversation with educators — part of the World Congress on Education, a Vatican conference to address the “educational emergency” that leaves young people ignorant of Christ — also noted the Holy Father’s words with some concern.

Vatican Envoy to Jesuits and Bishops: Reform Education
The Vatican ambassador’s message, delivered during Monday’s gathering of U.S. bishops in Baltimore, was crystal clear: place priority on the renewal of Catholic identity in Catholic education and restore the great legacy of Jesuit institutions.

It’s an appeal that should make every Catholic parent stand up and cheer! It certainly got our attention at The Cardinal Newman Society, where for 22 years we have urged greater support for faithful Catholic education and the end to scandal and dissent at many Catholic colleges.

When Pope Francis was elected, I openly wondered whether our Jesuit pope would acknowledge the elephant in the room: the open disregard for papal authority and doctrinal fidelity at many of America’s Jesuit colleges.

Fire Theologians, Not Columnists
There is more than irony in the recent attempt by several theologians to discredit New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, because he dared to write about the tragic confusion surrounding the Synod on the Family without having a theologian’s “professional qualifications.”

There is great desperation in the move — and hypocrisy.

The hypocrisy lies in the demand for credentials, when the field of theology is itself seriously lacking in that regard.

About half of Douthat’s critics are professors of theology at Catholic colleges and universities. Under canon law, they must have the mandatum, a recognition from their local bishop that they pledge to teach in fidelity to Catholic doctrine. But do they? At least a few seem to be headed in the opposite direction.

Cardinal Burke Urges Genuine Catholic Education to Renew Culture
Cardinal Raymond Burke last week gave us yet another trove of wisdom to contemplate, just as the Synod on the Family came to a close. This time, it was about Catholic education, and it came with a stern warning. 

In prepared remarks last week given to representatives of Voice of the Family, Cardinal Raymond Burke, patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, warned parents about the threats to their children from wayward Catholic schools while arguing that faithful Catholic education at home and in schools is needed to transform the culture.

Pope Francis Makes First Major Statements on Catholic Education
Calling for schools and universities committed to catechesis and evangelization, Pope Francis makes his first significant statements as Pope regarding Catholic education in Evangelii Gaudium, his apostolic exhortation released Sunday.

Are Catholic Universities Still Committed to Working-Class Families?
Are the nation's wealthiest Catholic colleges still serving working-class and low-income families? A new study suggests otherwise.

State Universities Welcome Religious Clubs after Gonzaga Snubs Knights of Columbus
State legislators in Idaho and Virginia have invited religious student clubs to seek official recognition at public universities,even while some Jesuit universities object to the membership policies of the Knights of Columbus.

Can Pope Francis renew Jesuit education?
Habemus papam!  We have a Jesuit pope!  Pope Francis is a former educator with multiple degrees, and was a seminary rector.  He’s been outspoken against abortion, euthanasia and homosexual marriage.

Prayers in Thanksgiving for Pope Francis
In your charity, please pray for the renewal of Catholic education and for our new Holy Father, Pope Francis!



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