Photo of Pope Pius IX Proclaiming the Holy Catholic Faith to the Flock in Frosinone, Italy (1863)
Holy Father, Pope Pius IX., has declared that Catholics cannot 'approve of a system of educating youth unconnected with the Catholic Faith and the power of the Church, and which regards the knowledge of merely natural things, and only, or at least primarily,
the ends of earthly social life.'(1.) Catholic parents cannot approve of an education which fits their children only for this life, and ignores that life in which the soul is to live forever. As faith
is the foundation of all our hopes for eternity, and as faith without good works is dead, we cannot choose for our children an education which would endanger their faith and morals, and consequently imperil their eternal welfare."