Pope Francis: Schooling Without ‘Religious Values’ Can ‘Lead to Cases Like Nazism’

By Michael W. Chapman | March 18, 2013 | 8:05pm EDT

Pope Francis, formerly Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP)

(CNSNews.com) – In a 2011 book,  Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio, the new Pope Francis, stated that parents have a right to raise their children in accordance with their religious beliefs and that sometimes when the government intervenes to deprive young people of that religious element, it can produce terrible consequences, including “cases like Nazism” whereby many students were indoctrinated with views alien to those espoused their parents.

The book, in Spanish, is entitled Sobre El Cielo Y La Tierra (On Heaven and Earth), by Jorge Bergoglio and Abraham Skorka, the latter an Argentinan rabbi. The book is in interview-style and Skorka asks the cardinal a variety of questions throughout 29 chapters.

In Chapter 18, "Sobre la educacion" (On Education), the future Pope Francis says, “In the Bible, God presents himself as a teacher. ‘Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, who took them in my arms,’ it says.  A believer is obliged to raise his children. Every man and every woman has a right to educate their children in their religious values.”

“When a government deprives children of this formation, it can lead to cases like Nazism, whereby children were indoctrinated with values opposite to those of their parents. Totalitarianism tends to take over education so it can use the water for its own mill,” said then-Cardinal Bergogolio.

Cardinal Bergoglio, 76, was the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was elected Pope of the Catholic Church on Mar. 13. He chose the name Pope Francis, in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, who was known for rebuilding the church with new religious orders and who had the stigmata (the wounds of Christ) in his hands, feet and side.

The paragraph on education in Spanish, from the book, is as follows (without accents): “En la Biblia, Dios se muestra como un educador. ‘Yo te lleve a babucha, te ensene a caminar,’ dice. La obligacion del creyente es hacer crecer a sus crias. Cada hombre y cada mujer tienen derecho a educar a sus hijos en sus valores religiosos. La incedencia del Estrado en la privacion de esta formacion puese llevar a casos como el Nazism, en el que los chicos eran adoctrinadops con valores ajenos a los de sus padres. Los totalitarismos tienden a copar la education para llevar el agua a su propio Molino.”

(Steve Edwards and Joshua Cabana contributed to this report.)

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