ZENIT reports that Pope Benedict XVI has told a group of leaders and representatives of Catholic education that the modern “crisis of truth” is rooted in a “crisis of faith.”
“Education is integral to the mission of the Church to proclaim the Good News,” the Holy Father affirmed.
But he acknowledged that some question the Church’s involvement in education. “It is timely, then,” the Pontiff said “to reflect on what is particular to our Catholic institutions. How do they contribute to the good of society through the Church’s primary mission of evangelization?”
“All the Church’s activities stem from her awareness that she is the bearer of a message which has its origin in God himself,” the Holy Father explained. And he went on to say that “the one who seeks the truth becomes the one who lives by faith.”
Thus, the Pontiff said, a school’s Catholic identity is “a question of conviction — do we really believe that only in the mystery of the Word made flesh does the mystery of man truly become clear? Are we ready to commit our entire self — intellect and will, mind and heart — to God? Do we accept the truth Christ reveals? Is the faith tangible in our universities and schools? Is it given fervent expression liturgically, sacramentally, through prayer, acts of charity, a concern for justice, and respect for God’s creation? Only in this way do we really bear witness to the meaning of who we are and what we uphold.”
“From this perspective one can recognize that the contemporary ‘crisis of truth’ is rooted in a ‘crisis of faith,'” Benedict XVI continued. “Only through faith can we freely give our assent to God’s testimony and acknowledge him as the transcendent guarantor of the truth he reveals.”