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Vatican Educator Says Education, New Evangelization are ‘Indissoluble Twosome’

A prominent Vatican educator who organized a special conference last weekend on “Education and the New Evangelization” says that the tasks are a “twosome that needs to remain indissoluble,” according to the Catholic NewsAgency.

But Father Denis Biju Duval, president of the Pontifical Institute Redemptor Hominis, which is part of the Pontifical Lateran University, acknowledges that the contemporary culture does not know “what educating means, what are the contents of education, what are the types of relationships that form with the educators,” according to CNA.

The most “fundamental” ideology that inhibits a person’s ability to learn and develop is “believing that man, as an autonomous individual, builds himself upon his own,” argues Fr. Duval.  The fact that man does not see that he is the “heir of a received gift” has led to the mistreatment of gender ideology in the classroom, Dr. Duval says.  CNA reports:

If man believes this idea, “he also builds himself up on his own with respect to sexual identity or practicing sexuality,” Fr. Duval noted.

“It is not a data that he receives with sexual identity that he has had by birth, but it is a data that he constructs himself, whatever his biological sexual identity is,” the priest observed, and which forgets that man is “heir of a received gift.”

When a child recognizes the “values of culture and faith” they have received, they also obtain “the elements of the self-development” and are then “capable of exercising” their “freedom in a mature way,” the priest stated.

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