Speaking of socialism, Pope Benedict also called on global elites to increase access to education. Noting that "the most needy populations ... lack not only economic and technical means, but also educational methods and resources to assist people in realizing their full human potential," he advised richer areas and nations to contribute to the educational and cultural resources of poorer ones, particularly countries in which global tourism has had a major impact. As he wrote, "international tourism... can be a major factor in economic development and cultural growth, but can also become an occasion for exploitation and moral degradation."
By highlighting the fundamental importance of education "to the complete formation of the person," Pope Benedict lifted it into the category of a vital moral good, and as such, made spending on education an explicit moral imperative for any country considering its economic priorities and responsibilities. For families, the message couldn't be clearer: Societies are responsible for providing high quality schooling to everyone.