Sunday, March 14, 2010
Catholics believe that Church canonical norms on sexual abuse "did not seek, and have not favoured, any kind of cover-up of such crimes"
From Vatican Information Service: an important and wide-ranging interview given by Msgr. Charles J. Scicluna, promoter of justice of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, gives a detailed explanation of the significance of the specific canonical norms established by the Church over the years to judge the heinous crimes of sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy.
Photo: Pope Benedict with Cardinal Brady. (Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images)
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Catholics believe that "the main purpose of Catholic schools is religious; to form students in Catholic faith, Catholic morality"
"Catholic schools began in this country in the early 19th century. Catholics started them as an alternative to the public schools of the day, which taught a curriculum often hostile to Catholic belief. In many ways times have changed, but the mission of Catholic schools has not. The main purpose of Catholic schools is religious; in other words, to form students in Catholic faith, Catholic morality and Catholic social values. We take great pride in the academic excellence of our schools as well. The reason is simple. A strong, well-rounded academic education helps to create mature citizens who contribute to the wider community. It’s also true that some of our schools exist as a service outreach in largely non-Catholic communities. Many of our schools also accept students of other faiths and no faith, and from single parent and divorced parent families. These students are always welcome so long as their parents support the Catholic mission of the school and do not offer a serious counter-witness to that mission in their actions." -- Archbishop Chaput in his recent column.