- Dec 5, 2019
In light of changing definitions of love and sexuality fueled by “gender theory,” the Vatican on Monday released a new document looking into issues such as “third sex,” transgenderism, and polyamory.
Nearly 5,000 Catholic school educators and administrators attended the National Catholic Educational Association Convention and Expo at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati April 3-5.
Under Pope Francis, there’s a river of news every day, often making it hard to separate the important from the ephemeral. In that light, here’s a run-down of stories from the past year whose lasting significance still hasn’t been fully digested.
The Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, said, “Schools need to deepen their knowledge of what’s going on in society in both its positive and negative aspects, discerning the signs of the times, animated not by a paralyzing pessimism but rather with Christian hope founded on the faith that human history is always guided by Divine Providence despite people’s free will.”
Currently, there are more than 216,000 Catholic schools and 1,800 Catholic universities around the world “with a student population that exceeds 60 million pupils from every faith and ethnic group.” The Vatican is asking these schools to “humanize education,” helping each student develop his or her talents and discover his or her vocation while understanding that those talents and vocations are designed to be at the service of the community and the common good of all.
Pope Francis was elected in March 2013 on a reform mandate, and quickly got to work trying to clean up Vatican finances. The effort has been beset with headaches and tensions, however, and two new key figures who’ve faced questions marks themselves are now set to play a more prominent role.