It goes without saying that Catholic schools should be staffed with practising Catholic Teachers, right? Catholic schools and Catholic teachers go hand in hand, it’s obvious.
But why is this important? It’s worth a quick reminder, why good Catholic Teachers are a vital ingredient in the Catholic formation of the students before them.
Reading the documents of the Church on education is an instructive activity and Catholic Teachers should familiarise themselves with them as a reminder of their great role in the life of the Catholic Church…
Catholic Teachers know their Faith in order to teach harmoniously.
Besides every Christian child or youth has a strict right to instruction in harmony with the teaching of the Church, the pillar and ground of truth. And whoever disturbs the pupil’s Faith in any way, does him grave wrong, inasmuch as he abuses the trust which children place in their teachers, and takes unfair advantage of their inexperience and of their natural craving for unrestrained liberty, at once illusory and false.
Catholic Teachers integrate the Faith in all subject areas.
…but also that every other subject taught, be permeated with Christian piety. If this is wanting, if this sacred atmosphere does not pervade and warm the hearts of masters and scholars alike, little good can be expected from any kind of learning, and considerable harm will often be the consequence.
Catholic Teachers bear witness to the Faith.
The central figure in the work of educating, and especially in education in the faith, which is the summit of the person’s formation and is his or her most appropriate horizon, is specifically the form of witness.
This witness becomes a proper reference point to the extent that the person can account for the hope that nourishes his life and is personally involved in the truth that he proposes.
Catholic Teachers understand the necessity of Professionalism.
The task of a teacher goes well beyond transmission of knowledge, although that is not excluded. Therefore, if adequate professional preparation is required in order to transmit knowledge, then adequate professional preparation is even more necessary in order to fulfil the role of a genuine teacher. It is an indispensable human formation, and without it, it would be foolish to undertake any educational work.
Catholic Teachers are in the business of Character Formation.
But every true educator knows that a further step is necessary: values must lead to action; they are the motivation for action. Finally, truth becomes fully alive through the supernatural dynamism of grace, which enlightens and leads to faith, to love, to action that is in accord with the will of God, through the Lord Jesus, in the Holy Spirit.
The Christian process of formation is, therefore, the result of a constant interaction involving the expert labour of the teachers, the free cooperation of the students, and the help of grace.