William McGurn in the January 31 New York Post:
… In the popular view, Catholic schools succeed because they have greater discipline. There’s something to that, though it helps to remember that the Latin root for the verb “to discipline” is not “to punish” but “to teach.” It’s a lesson that begins with recognizing the equal and God-given dignity of every human being.
In short, the Gospel that commands us to love one another obliges us to treat each person we encounter as we would Christ. That’s not an easy thing to ask of a school, even a Catholic school.
But the Sister Noreens and Sister Patricias have not devoted their lives to Catholic education to do the easy. They’ve dedicated them to making a difference.
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