07 Feb 22 – Catholic Schools

Today’s Topics:

1)  The Code of Canon Law states “Catholic parents have the duty and right of choosing those means and institutions through which they can provide more suitably for the Catholic education of their children.”  In St. Paul’s second letter to Timothy he tells how learning scripture is useful for teaching, Catholic Schools certainly follow this guidance

2)  Dr. Alex Lessard joins the show to speak about the history of Catholic education in the United States.  It developed as a result of anti-Catholicism in America.  This mirrors the reason for the establishment of the Knights of Columbus in 1882

3)  Dr. Lessard discusses the important role that religious sisters played in the American Catholic educational system.  The Blaine Amendment was used to restrict taxpayer funding of parochial education during the time of President Ulysses Grant, the effect of which remains in 32 U.S. states to this day

4)  The California School Choice Initiative is an attempt to give parents and guardians of students the ability to choose the schools they desire to educate their children.  As Catholics, we must take up the battle to safeguard our children’s education.  We have until March 31, 2022, to gain one million signatures to get this initiative on the California state ballot in November 2022.  Please follow the link to download and print the petition – Print Your Own Petition  Information and directions can be found on the following link –  www.californiaschoolchoice.org

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