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What is the main purpose of education? Print E-mail
Our Catholic Schools
Thursday, Sep. 21, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

First in a series.

It's that time of year again when the air starts to cool, leaves reveal their true colors, and children board buses back to school. All of us have experienced the end of summer vacation and the start of school.

Generation after generation, the cycle repeats. It is a rite of passage, part of the fabric of our modern society. It is so common that most of us take it for granted, rarely pausing to reflect on the purpose of school, or an education.

Purpose of education

The purpose of education and the means by which to achieve it have been the discussion of much national debate over the last decade.

The ‘expendable children’ Print E-mail
Making Sense of Bioethics
Thursday, Sep. 21, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

Couples who struggle to get pregnant are turning with greater frequency to the in vitro fertilization (IVF) industry for assistance.

In some cases, they can end up feeling they are "too pregnant" when twins, triplets, or quads arise. This occurs from the practice of implanting more than one embryo at a time to improve pregnancy success rates.

'Selective reduction'

A multiplet pregnancy can involve significant risk, both for the children in utero, and for the mother. Because of these risks, the pregnant mother will sometimes be advised to opt for a "selective reduction," where potassium chloride is injected into one or two of the growing babies, to cause their hearts to seize, followed by death and the gradual re-absorption of their bodies during the remainder of the pregnancy.

Church ministers to body, mind, and soul Print E-mail
Word on Fire
Thursday, Sep. 21, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

One of the greatest heroes of the social justice wing of the Church is, quite rightly, the 17th century "slave of the slaves," St. Peter Claver.

Born in Barcelona, Claver joined the Society of Jesus and was known, even as a young man, as a person of deep intelligence and piety.

Spurred by what he took to be the direct prompting of the Holy Spirit, the young Spaniard volunteered to work among the poor in what was then known as "New Spain." Arriving in Cartagena, he saw the unspeakable degradation of the captives brought in chains by ship from Africa, and he resolved to dedicate his life to serving them.

Letter tells of Claver's work

We have a wonderful letter that Peter Claver wrote to his Jesuit superior in which he vividly describes apostolic work that he did among the slaves, just after they came ashore in Cartagena. He speaks of hopeless people staggering off the ships, stark naked, starving, and disoriented.