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Who Will Teach The Young? Part 2

Who will Teach the Young?

Part 2

By

Fr. Deogracias Aurelio V. Camon, PhD

 

Fallacious Observation # 2: To teach Catholic doctrines in Catholic school classrooms where there are students of other faiths is not respectful of “Religious Diversities”?

Let us put this way: If I study in a Protestant College or University, I will expect that my teachers and the administration will teach what they believe as true, that is, their particular brand of Protestantism.

Protestantism will be evident in Protestant schools whether explicitly through classroom instruction or implicitly through the pervading school culture. For instance, pictures of Protestant leaders instead of the Pope and the Saints will adorn the offices and hallways. Celebrations of Protestantism, instead of Catholic history, will be observed and other similar events among many other celebrations.

If I am in a Muslim country, I am expected to follow the way of life that Islam teaches (in fact if I violate these Islamic/Sharia laws, for example, if I wear a crucifix publicly or preach on the streets, I may be put into prison).

Common sense tells me, then, that if I am studying in a Catholic School or University, I should expect that Catholic beliefs and practices will be taught in there, even if I am not a Catholic.

That is why I am surprised and appalled by those who would want to say that teachers in Catholic schools should not teach what the Church believes because it might be offensive to non-Catholic students! This is beyond absurd!

While respect and sensitivity is part of our civilized society, it would be unthinkable to stop Catholic educational institutions from teaching the Catholic faith just because there are some Protestant or Muslim students around. This malignant cancer of political correctness is causing us to be useless.

To say that 2 + 2 = 5 is correct just because everybody is saying so is not teaching at all. Just because the child says that 2 + 2 = 5 and you do not want to hurt the feelings of the child is not teaching at all, it is actually a disservice and is actually more dangerous than just telling him/her that it is not correct.

It is important to remember that Catholic educational systems are supposed to be agents of Evangelization. Unfortunately, due to progressive ideologies and liberal agenda propagated by a minority but very vocal members of the academia, our Catholic educational systems are slowly and irreversibly becoming adversarial against Catholic teachings.

Fallacious Observation # 3. Teaching Church doctrines and dogmas are not appealing to the young, it is boring for them.

Is it because students find Religious Education boring and arcane so we will no longer teach it in schools?  Should we change the Church teachings so that it becomes appealing?

Well for me calculus is not appealing, in fact, it seems too arcane and mysterious for me. But does it mean that it should not be taught in schools anymore? Of course not, this subject will still be offered and even insisted to those who are taking engineering with its related fields.

Then why apply to religious education such an absurd criterion that it should be “appealing” when it is not applicable to others? The bone of contention is that the mainstream propaganda portrays Catholic teachings as “irrelevant” to the present context. These liberal-minded researchers are actually trying to tell us that teaching Catholic beliefs are useless while calculus is useful, so we continue to teach it even if it is boring.