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Bishops’ Education Committee Chair Sees Catholic Schools As Centers For New Evangelization

 
January 29, 2013

Schools offer church teachings, respect for family life
Back parents' right as primary educators of their children
Provide nation with viable alternative education available to all

WASHINGTON—"Catholic schools are centers for the New Evangelization for families of a variety of socio-economic backgrounds and diverse cultures," said Bishop Joseph P. McFadden of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. "The unique atmosphere of our Catholic schools is a space and place where the New Evangelization can reach out to parents and children in a way that is respectful of the human person, presents the teachings of the Church, and supports family life."

Bishop McFadden, in a statement to commemorate Catholic Schools Week, January 27-February 2, spoke of the New Evangelization. The statement is available at http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/catholic-education/catholic-schools-week-parents-choice-for-the-new-evangelization.cfm The New Evangelization is a church's initiative to revitalize Catholics so they are equipped to reach out and spread the faith to others.

Bishop McFadden also stressed parents' "fundamental and inalienable right to choose Catholic Schools to support the faith formation and excellent education for their children."

"Catholic schools have a rich history in supporting the work of on-going evangelization of the Catholic community in the United States," he said. "For more than two centuries Catholic bishops, pastors and parents have educated children in parish and private schools with the intention of offering the life giving Word of the Gospel in an environment that shows respect for the human person, the virtues of good citizenship and academic excellence."

Catholic schools in the U.S. educate over 2 million students every day. There are 151,395 teachers in over 6,841 K-12 schools. Supported by the Church, parents and other supporters, the schools provide an alternative educational system for Americans across all socio-economic levels.

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Keywords: Bishop Joseph McFadden, U.S. Bishops, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, new evangelization, Catholic schools, Catholic Schools Week

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