Pope Francis: Avoid an 'Aseptic Education': Pope Francis: Avoid an 'Aseptic Education'

The Washington Post (via veteran Catholic journalist David Gibson) has published an overview (including excerpts) of two interviews recently given by Pope Francis. The interviews cover a number of topics and provide much to ponder in anticipation of his visit. His remarks on education caught my attention: "On playing it safe or taking risks: 'Life without problems is dull. It’s boring. Man has, within him, the need to face and solve conflicts and problems. Obviously, an education to not have problems is an aseptic education.'"

These comments resonate with my experience of Jesuit education, which is often an experience that unsettles, which leaves more questions than it answers. One of my colleagues, speaking of his Jesuit education, said it "ruined" him, meaning it shattered his simple view of the world, a view that didn't see society's blemishes and injustices. 

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