Pope Benedict XVI recently wrote about the challenges facing those who have the responsibility for the education of the next generation. His insights, expressed last year, were addressed not simply to a Catholic audience but to all who look to the future and see the obligation to train young people "in justice and peace" to be a noble vocation and one solution to some of the difficulties that face the modern world. Although it was not directed to, or intended primarily for, law professors, the document has much to say to those whose vocation lies in legal education. This essay discusses this 2012 papal message and explores the implications it may have for those involved in the enterprise of Catholic legal education specifically, and legal education more generally.
Lucia A. Silecchia, On "Unease" and "Idealism": Reflections on Pope Benedict XVI's Educating Young People in Justice and Peace and Its Message for Law Teachers, 27 NOTRE DAME J. L. ETHICS & PUB. POL'Y 569 (2013).