Father Ronald Nuzzi, a leading speaker and author on U.S. Catholic schools and director of the Alliance for Catholic Education’s Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program, has a nice reflection on Benedict’s support for Catholic schools.
He cites Benedict XVI’s pastoral visit in 2008, where he described Catholic schools as “an outstanding apostolate of hope.” He goes on to quote Benedict:
[Catholic schools] provide a highly commendable opportunity for the entire Catholic community to contribute generously to the financial needs of our institutions. Their long-term sustainability must be assured. Indeed, everything possible must be done, in cooperation with the wider community, to ensure that they are accessible to people of all social and economic strata. No child should be denied his or her right to an education in faith, which in turn nurtures the soul of a nation.
Read it all here.