Risk of Education, According to Monsignor Giussani

Founder’s Book Republished

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ROME, OCT. 28, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Monsignor Luigi Giussani’s book “The Risk of Education” has been published anew — to help meet pressing needs.

“Today we are before a profound crisis of the human, endorsed by the passivity of so many young people and the skepticism of many adults,” said Father Julián Carrón, who succeeded Monsignor Giussani in the presidency of Communion and Liberation ecclesial movement.

“Catholic schools leave no mark in life, no lasting trace,” Father Carrón lamented.

“What is most wanting,” he added, “is a method to teach, that is, an itinerary with which a person can verify Christianity’s capacity to humanize, to educate reason and freedom, so that it can make a contribution to a person’s way of being in the world, to the good of all.”

Father Carrón, who took part in the Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist, presented the reprint of Monsignor Giussani’s book last month at the Patristic Institute Augustinianum.

Monsignor Giussani, the founder of Communion and Liberation, died last February at age 82. His funeral was presided over by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, then prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Due in Russian

“The main topic for us, in all our speeches, is education,” Monsignor Giussani used to say. He had been a teacher in Milan’s Berchet High School and professor in that city’s Catholic University.

His book presents in a systematic and critical way the principles of an educational proposal based on the communication of a tradition. The objective is to liberate young people and enable them to evaluate things critically.

The volume, first published in 1977, is now available in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Czech, Polish and Romanian. Editions in Russian and Hungarian will be available in 2006.

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