"What confers on religious instruction in schools its proper evangelising character is the fact that it is called to penetrate a particular area of culture and to relate with other areas of knowledge. As an original form of the ministry of the word, it makes present the Gospel in a personal process of cultural, systematic and critical assimilation…religious instruction in schools should appear as a scholastic discipline with the same rigour as other disciplines."
(General Directory for Catechesis n.73)
At its best, Religious Education sets out to inform, form and transform
learners and teachers by engaging them with the intellectual, ethical and spiritual richness of the Catholic tradition. Religious Education invites and enables a life-long journey of awakening to the deep meaning of human life and community, of the world we inhabit and sustain, and of our cultural and religious heritage, against the horizon of the Reign of God enfleshed in the mission and person of Jesus Christ, and communicated in the Church.
(Awakenings Core Document p.55)