Bishop Patrick O’Donoghue handing the Pope his schools document: Fit for Mission
I hope today will be the day when he calls for the formation of well informed orthodox Catholics who will be able to argue the case for the Church and Christianity in our aggressively secular society, this is after all what Newman called for all his life.
For too long the Church has wasted its resources. Fourteen years of Catholic education rather than giving us committed young men and women invariably, results in confused young people who not only reject any Catholic sacramental practice but also the Church's doctrine and morals.
Rather than being bastions of Catholic life and living our schools to many committed Catholic parents seem to be the places which undermine the teaching of the Catholic home. Not only do we have a crisis in priestly vocations but also a graver crisis in Catholic educators. Increasingly those in our schools, especially our secondary schools, our teachers have nothing and can give nothing.