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Pope Francis on Education

Most of Argentinian Pope Francis' previous writing is in Spanish. Recently, Mercator.net offered some translations from Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's 2011 book Sobre el cielo y la tierra (On Heaven and Earth), a dialogue with Argentinian Rabbi Abraham Skorka, rector of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary. In the dialogue, here is what Cardinal Bergoglio had to say about teaching religion in secular schools:

In the Bible, God presents himself as a teacher. “I myself taught Ephraim to walk, I myself took them by the arm,” it says. A believer is obliged to raise his children. Every man and every woman has a right to educate their children in their religious values. When a government deprives children of this formation, it can lead to cases like Nazism, when children were indoctrinated with values which were alien to the ones held by their parents. Totalitarianism tends to take over education to feather its own nest…

In addition, Cardinal Bergoglio authored a 2003 book on education, titled Educar: exigencia y pasión: desafíos para educadores cristianos [To Educate: Exactingness and Passion: Challenges for Christian Educators]. Buenos Aires: Editorial Claretiana. ISBN 9789505124572. If anyone is aware of an English translation, please notify The Cardinal Newman Society.

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