SCHOOLS FOR CHRIST

North & South - - Letters -

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

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