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Address students’ questions about the faith without proselytizing, Ieading Italian prelate tells teachers

January 04, 2019

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CWN Editor's Note: The majority of students in Italian schools take an elective course in Catholicism. Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti of Perugia-Città della Pieve, the president of the Italian Episcopal Conference, said that the class is an “opportunity to listen to the most profound and authentic questions of the students ... As Pope Francis teaches, it is not a matter of proselytizing, but of offering an opportunity for discussion.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jan. 06, 2019 11:32 AM ET USA

    It seems that you left out an important point. In between your two quoted excerpts Cardinal Bassetti said: "The IRC is the most specific place where, in strict observance of the aims of the school, a discourse on Jesus can be addressed." The IRC is the title of the course in Catholicism. The aim of the course is to teach Christ in a manner that Europeans generally seem not to be accustomed to, i.e., to teach a student-centered, rather than teacher-centered, course. "Best practices" in education.