The Catholic schools in America that have adopted state standards and seek state accreditation have left the path of wisdom

As Monsignor Ronald Knox said: “We are here to colonize heaven not make things better on earth.” Our beloved Catholic schools seem to have blurred the line between first and second things. Pope Benedict elucidates the first things that concern Catholic schools. First things are permanent things: charity, Christ, Church doctrine, principles of truth, and the virtues. Second things are temporary: material goods, contributing to society, and committing to action.

The reason that a Catholic education must not focus on improving conditions in society is best explained by C.S. Lewis, who said, “When you put first things first, second things are not suppressed, but increase.” Improving material conditions in society is a second thing that follows the first thing of a well-ordered character, especially a character conformed to Christ. C.S. Lewis further explained that “when you put second things first, you lose both first and second.” A proper philosophy of Catholic education is concerned solely with the first things as is demonstrated by Pope Benedict’s clear statement; the second things, like societal welfare, will take care of themselves.

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Editor’s note: This is almost diametrically opposed to the teachings of our current pope.

Obama’s “Common Core” educational standards vs traditional Catholic education principles

Across the country, Common Core is causing the same concern among parents, who fear the standards — endorsed by the Obama administration — will dumb down Catholic school education and replace it with secular lessons no different from those at public schools.

The Allentown Diocese and National Catholic Educational Association maintain that the church has full control over its curriculum, intends to go above and beyond Common Core standards and won’t sacrifice Catholic values.

“We want to take the best of the Common Core and in no way would we have looked to compromise our Catholic identity while implementing standards,” said Philip Fromuth, superintendent of schools for the Allentown Diocese. “We’re not looking at watering down our curriculum. We’re only looking to strengthen our curriculum.”

That promise isn’t enough to sway Herman.

“The church is walking into this blindly thinking that they are going to have more freedom than they are,” Herman said. “I think that’s what’s happening. They are walking into this with blinders on.”

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Editor’s note: Those of us who have been monitoring Catholic education over the past twenty years or so will tell you that there’s little difference in mentality – or political proclivities – between Catholic school teachers and those who teach in the public schools.

Catholic school teachers – much as Catholic bishops and their chancellery staff – tend to be overwhelmingly liberal – so regardless of the official party line – they will not only be easy marks for Obama’s “Common Core” curriculum – they will probably qualify as the very earliest adopters.

It doesn’t say “Liberal Arts” on all those fancy college diplomas, for nothin’! 

Academia – and hence, most of today’s college educated Catholic school teachers, have already been thoroughly saturated with the “Common Core” dogma, so it just makes logical sense to them – which means that this is already a done deal.

Chalk up another victory for the commie/lib/modernist establishment – and Barack Obama, their official poster boy.

All the more reason for Catholic parents to finally take personal responsibility for the faith education of their children – without delay.  

Springsteen’s latest album demonstrates the practical benefits of a good Catholic education.

Bruce Springsteen’s latest album, “Wrecking Ball,” is an instant classic, said Word on Fire Blog contributor Father Damian Ference. It’s also a window into the Boss’s Catholic past, displaying an uncanny familiarity with tenets, themes and traditions of the faith.

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Archbishop reiterates that parents are primary educators of children

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sep 1, 2010 / 12:04 pm (CNA).- This week the president of the Argentinean Bishops’ Committee on Catholic Education, Archbishop Hector Aguer, reminded parents that they cannot renounce their responsibility for both the moral and religious education of their children. It is in the home, he emphasized, where children must learn the faith.

“The role of the family must never be slighted, and this is something in today’s culture … that we must diligently look after, because without the role of the family, education is not complete,” the archbishop said.

He also recalled that parents cannot leave the education of their children completely in the hands of the schools, adding, “It is essential that parents are involved in educational process.”

For this reason, Archbishop Aguer warned against some government educational programs that do not respect the moral, religious and philosophical convictions of families.