Catholic schools to promote 'pro-life' education
Call comes with Philippines almost set to re-impose capital punishment
A public school teacher uses teaching aids to introduce young Filipinos to concepts like human rights and reproductive health. (ucanews.com photo)
Catholic schools in the Philippines are being encouraged to be active in the promotion of "pro-life" education among the youth especially with the impending passage of a bill that will re-impose capital punishment.
"I hope our Catholic schools' teaching is clear, that Catholic principles of faith and morality go together, [and] you can't just pick out what is convenient," said Father Melvin Castro, spiritual director of the group Prolife Philippines.
The priest, who used to head the Commission on Family and Life of the bishops' conference, noted that most legislators who voted for the restoration of the death penalty come from Catholic schools.
"The deeper reality is, even among Catholic politicians, Catholic teachings are not clear," said Father Castro. "I hope this will be addressed by the Catholic schools," he said, adding that it is "not an imposition."
John Bernard Caasi, who teaches literature and religion at a Manila school, agreed that academic institutions should help students to become "critical consumers of information."
He said teachers, even in secular schools, should arouse curiosity among students and help them to understand issues like abortion, reproductive health, death penalty, and euthanasia.
"They have to be aware about the value of life and how the state can protect or undermine it," said the teacher.
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