I love this quote from Matthew Kelly’s “Rediscover Catholicism.”  The Church does so much for the world.  Little did I know until I read more about the history of the Catholic Church’s contribution to civilization.

Prior to the Church’s introduction of education for the common man, education was reserved only for the nobility.  Almost the entire Western world is educated today because of the Church’s pioneering role in universal education.

The global reach and contribution of the Church is enormous, but the national impact of the Church on every aspect of society is also impressive, though largely unknown.  In the United States alone the Catholic Church educations 2.6 million students every day, at a cost of ten billion dollars a year to parents and parishes.  If there were no Catholic schools these same students would have to be educated in public schools, which would cost 18 billion dollars.  The Catholic education system alone saves American taxpayers 18 billion dollars a year.

The Catholic Church and Universal Education
Almost the entire Western world is educated today because of the Church’s pioneering role in universal education.

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