faith journeys

By Diogenes ( articles ) | Sep 12, 2006

Amy links to an article from the Toronto Star gauging the local reaction to the Pope's ad limina address to the Catholic bishops. An excerpt:

Donna Marie Kennedy, president of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association, says students in the separate school system are taught Catholic values as part of the curriculum, but are not graded on their level of adherence to papal edicts.

"How can I judge someone else's faith journey?" she asked. "That's a personal relationship."

Papal edicts, you say? Not a word a well-disposed commenter would use. I don't know of any academy, anywhere, in which students are "graded on their level of adherence to papal edicts," yet if Kennedy is really neutral, it's almost certainly a good thing. All indications are that the marks she'd assign would vary inversely with the degree of concurrence.

Kennedy said she doubted the Pope's comments would lead teachers to infuse more theology into their lessons. "As a teacher, I don't dispense theological advice."

Oh, but you do, my dear.

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