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Religion is part of holistic education says pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The teaching of religion in public schools, “far from signifying that the state assumes or imposes a specific religious creed, indicates a recognition of religion as a necessary value for the holistic formation of the person,” said, Pope Benedict XVI on October 13, as he welcomed Brazil’s new ambassador to the Holy See, Almir Franco de Sa Barbuda.

The pope recalled that when the Holy See and Brazil signed an agreement in 2008 on allowing religious education in public schools, the motivation was not to give Catholicism a special privilege, but to respond to the rights of parents to choose how their children should be educated and to give Brazil a new generation of citizens formed with a sense of morality and ethics. 

He said that offering students a generic sociology of religion in class isn’t good enough, because there is no such thing as a generic, non-confessional religion.” 

He pointed out that Catholic religion classes do not violate the separation of Church and state principle, because “healthy secularism must not consider religion simply as an individual sentiment that can be relegated to the private sphere,” but a reality in the lives of citizens and society. ......


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