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Papal warning to Catholic educators against ideological colonization

November 14, 2022

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CWN Editor's Note: On November 12, Pope Francis received participants in the general assembly of the World Union of Catholic Teachers.

“Beware of ideological colonization,” the Pope warned in his address. “It is one thing to follow the culture of the moment, to speak the language of the moment, but it is another thing to allow yourself to be colonized ideologically ... Today, ideological colonization is destroying the human personality, and it can be disastrous when it is applied in education.”

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  • Posted by: grateful1 - Nov. 15, 2022 9:26 PM ET USA

    I'd feel more comfortable if I knew what Francis meant by "ideological colonization," another of his ambiguous, amorphous buzzwords that means whatever he wants, whenever he wants. When he says teachers "must not be rigid," I quake: he condemns faithful Catholics as "rigid." When he says teachers “must not be spiritualistic & ‘other-worldly,’ but rather 'rooted in their own time & culture,” I hear his own ideological commitment to The Church of What's Happening Now. Beware of Francis-speak.