A Vatican official stressed the importance of religious education for “holistic development” to Catholic school managers in Ireland, according to The Irish Times.
Fr. Friedrich Bechina, undersecretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education, spoke at the annual general meeting of the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association in Ireland. The Times reports:
Fr. Friedrich Bechina… defended the “teaching of faith” – as distinct from teaching about religions. “The experience is that if religious education is removed from the public sphere, then it runs the risk of becoming separated from human reasoning and may subsequently develop in a more fundamentalist way,” he said.
“I believe that the underlying question is: ‘What is the model of education that we want?’ If we want education which is tailored exclusively to produce highly skilled professionals, and therefore to enhance economic growth, then we could eliminate creative subjects like art, music and physical education.” However, he said he believed these, like religious education, were of the utmost importance to holistic development.
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