Education is a central aspect of the Church’s mission. One of the Spiritual Works of Mercy is to teach. In the U.S., Catholic schools have played
an important role in offering hope in impoverished, primarily urban, areas. Catholic schools have been significant anchor
institutions in many neighborhoods, and thus they benefit even those who are not their students. Catholic leaders played a leading role in
ensuring that African-American children could have access to quality education. Education is what Catholics do, and it is difficult to imagine an America without Catholic schools. Catholic schools need the space, the resources
and the freedom to operate in accordance with Catholic convictions if they are to continue
to be a source of vitality for our society.