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From national and 
moral education
to Sunday school

Amidst the recent controversies over the introduction of the National and Moral Education Curriculum in local schools, parents and the general public have been clearly expressing their concerns. They want their children to acquire a right and healthy outlook on life. 

Protesters rallying at the government headquarters in Tamar have a just cause, demonstrating that they are constructing a civil society. 

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Voting helps society to be healthy

This Sunday is polling day for the Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo). Historically, Hong Kong has made a contribution to democracy in China. However, it still does not elect its own chief executive or all the members of the LegCo.

Nevertheless, Christians do have a responsibility to make their contribution towards the governance of society and the welfare of coming generations by voting.

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Catholic education upholding core values

The beginning of September heralds a new academic year and the end of summer vacation, which this year saw intense public discussion on the first Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination, Liberal Studies and National and Moral Education.

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Family life and the common good

Traditionally, the family has always been regarded as the nucleus of society. This is demonstrated in the reflections of philosophers and religious people over past millennia and in modern times in the documents of national constitutions, the United Nations, Churches and a plethora of community and religious organisations.

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A new nuclear and wisdom

Over the decades since World War II, the Church has developed an increasing clarity in its teaching on the use of nuclear weapons in the hostility and anger of war.

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Human rights need religious freedom

The United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration on Human Rights of 1948 and the subsequent attention paid to it has without doubt improved the lot of ordinary citizens in a wide variety of ways.

The Catholic Church was able to easily subscribe to this declaration as it fitted in well with its natural law tradition, which tries to contain the explosive nature of rights as an instrument for promoting the growth of state control over the individual destinies of citizens.

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What makes education valid?

CONTROVERSY OVER THE National and Moral Education Curriculum promulgated by the Hong Kong government reached its crescendo on July 29 with a mass rally in Victoria Park and a march to the Central Government Offices, with people representing teachers’ unions, political parties, educationalists, students and parents taking part.

The two most common criticisms hurled at the programme are that it is little more than brainwashing and that the syllabus simply does not add up to an educational curriculum.

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Government interference in ordinations unwarranted

In his message for the World Day of Peace 2011, Pope Benedict XVI reminded us that “peace is the work of conscience, open to the truth and love” and religious freedom is the road to peace.

The ordinations of bishops in China have for over half a century been victim to serious government interference, which shows that the window of religious freedom for the Church is closing.

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Higher education 
by another way

Both students and their parents will be anxious about the results of Hong Kong’s secondary school public examinations announced around June and July every year, as it impacts on the academic and professional futures of many young people. The results for the last HKALE (Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination) for the final batch of Form 7 students were relased on June 29, while the HKDSE (Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education) results for the first group of Form 6 students in the new 3-3-4 system will be released on July 20.

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Dilemmas in examination 
criteria on sensitive moral issues

Results of the first Hong Kong Diploma for Secondary Education will be announced on July 20. Although results do not tell the whole story about the new senior secondary system and curriculum, they do influence students’ future opportunities, especially in the four core subjects of Chinese, English, mathematics and Liberal Studies.