SCHOOLS FOR CHRIST
I WAS INTRIGUED by the subheading on The Second Coming cover story: “How the rise of Catholicism is influencing our schools, our politics and our private lives.”
The reason we have Catholic schools is to follow Christ and to adhere to his teachings. It is great that so many people [from secular society] see the importance of our Catholic school system – to obtain the values and attain high educational standards for their children that are too expensive to access through the elite private schools. But then [these parents] say they hope their children will not become Catholics or lean in that direction!
They are forgetting these very values are from a Christian perspective. Without them, they expose their children to the values – or lack of values – of pop stars, film stars and sporting heroes, rather than teach them about a deity who, for many people in the world, is key to happiness.
The Catholic people in our government are also projecting and using the same values to make our country hopefully a better place. Overall, I think it is a win-win for our society. Maybe more people should look to our Catholic school system.
The balance of your article was achieved by incorporating Richard Mcleod with his comments on his
faith, and the former Baradene student, who presented another perspective – giving much food for thought for your readers. KAREN MARRA, CHRISTCHURCH