[WATCH] Sending children to Church schools is 'a moral commitment' - Archbishop

In a short address to the chaplains and lay-chaplains of church schools, gathered at the Tal-Virtu Seminary, the Archbishop said that parents need “to purify their real motivations” for sending children to Church schools

Archbishop Charles Scicluna
Archbishop Charles Scicluna
Parents need “to purify their real motivations” for sending children to Church schools - Archbishop Scicluna

Parents who opt to send their children to Church schools must understand that they are taking on a commitment driven by morals and values towards their children. The values endorsed by Church schools go beyond academic learning, Archbishop Charles J Scicluna said.

In a short address to the chaplains and lay-chaplains of church schools, gathered at the Tal-Virtu Seminary, the Archbishop said that parents need “to purify their real motivations” for sending children to Church schools.

“We need to make them realise their choice includes a duty towards God," he said.

Scicluna told those present that like the love of God, their work with students needed to be shocking in a good way and backed up by example.

“This is not an easy task as the world today looks down on values. Your students need to see that you have a solid relation with God.”

Scicluna described the school chaplains, particularly the lay chaplains, as the ultimate facilitators between God and students.

Acknowledging the difficulties their roles entail, the Archbishop urged them not to give up and keep doing their utmost even if results don’t come easy.

“Show students that to be a Christian in today's world is cool.”

Joking about the cold that could be felt inside the Seminary’s auditorium, Archbishop Scicluna said it must have been the coldest place he’s been this winter.

“I thank you for the sterling work you do, your dedication and determination. I promise that if our next meeting is held in such a cold room, we will light up heaters to provide a degree of warmth”.

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