"Religious education is never simply one subject among many, but the foundation of the entire educational process. The beliefs and values studied in Catholic religious education inspire and draw together every aspect of the life of a Catholic school."
(Statement from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, May 2000)
"The Catholic vision of education promotes the dignity and freedom of every person as created in the image and likeness of God. This vision inspires and encourages the beliefs and values which are lived out in the daily life of the Catholic school. Within this vision, religious education is very much a journey of formation involving every member of the school community, together with a pupil's family and parish community. It is in this context that the three elements of religious education, catechesis and evangelisation, co-exist, providing mutual support and reinforcement.
For all children religious education is a proper subject in its own right in the school's curriculum. For those already engaged in the journey of faith religious education will be catechesis, and for some children and young people religious education will be evangelisation, the first opportunity to hear the good news of the gospel."
Religious Education: Curriculum Directory for Catholic Schools
Religious education in Catholic schools aims to promote: