History “From a Catholic Perspective” (Part 1)

In my thirteen years teaching history in Catholic institutions, I am often asked how educators—whether teachers or parents—can most effectively give their students history “from a Catholic perspective.” Teaching Catholic history in this day and age can be daunting. Secular methodology typically proves inadequate. For one thing, the standard approach of secular education is typically not equipped to deal with religious history. But even when it does, secular education is often hostile to the role of the Catholic religion in the development of civilization. These tendencies have led Catholic parents and educators to sense that a correction is needed in mainstream historical studies—something that will convey a detailed, accurate, objective assessment of the Catholic Church’s place in history. Hence the desire for history “from a Catholic perspective.” Continue reading “History “From a Catholic Perspective” (Part 1)”