An Editorial Comment
Teaching By Example
I read with interest the recent editorial from Bishop Raymundo Peña concerning the voucher programs for private or parochial schools. Naturally, since our bishop is now trying to build a new Catholic High School, he is all for anything that would help in making that a reality!
Although I don’t disagree with some form of voucher system for our schools, I think it is ironic that our bishop would cite the ‘separation of church and state’ as the cause of the removal of moral instruction and prayer from our public schools. He sure didn't hesitate using that same separation of church and state when arguing his case against his own employees and their right to employment justice. I guess it is ok to use it when it is of benefit and criticize it when it is not!
At any rate, in his commentary he asks, “What could be wrong with teaching our children honesty, fairness, tolerance, self-control and self-sacrifice, respect for others and their property, compassion, charity and promise-keeping?”, as though returning prayer to our public schools would solve all of the problems of our youth.
My question would be, What could be wrong with the leader of our Catholic Church setting the example for our youth, by his word, policy and examples, of honesty, fairness, tolerance, self-control and self-sacrifice, respect for others and their property, compassion, charity and promise-keeping?
If the leader of our Church would practice what he preaches, than maybe we would have a much easier time of setting an example for our children of the Christian way of life! It’s an extremely simple concept!
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