Catholic Schools and the Future of the Church by Kathleen Engebretson

By Kathleen Engebretson

During the 1st decade of the twenty first century the Catholic Church within the constructed global has confronted a decline in its ethical authority, expanding accusations of irrelevance to a mundane age, and a steep and regular decline in dedication between successive generations from the Nineteen Sixties on. regardless of this Catholic colleges have expanded and grown in recognition and academic success.

The ebook units out a programme for the contribution of Catholic colleges to the way forward for the Church, overlaying such themes because the non secular schooling curriculum in its cognitive and affective elements, the sacramental lifetime of the varsity, number of employees, the problem of employees and Catholic witness and lots of different subject matters.

Engebretson argues that Catholic faculties are a strong key to the way forward for the Church and exhibits how, inside their range, Catholic faculties will be ecclesial groups, that have at their middle the increase of the Church.

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This is the foundation upon which all authentic gospel values are built. Awe and wonder An ability to marvel at the complexity of the created world. Celebration Appreciating the human need to commemorate important events and life stages by various rituals. Common good Total human well-being, which takes into account the needs of the whole community. Individual rights must always be assessed in light of the common good. Community A sense of belonging among a group of people with a shared vision committed to loving service.

3. The responses were particularly interesting in terms of what they revealed about the aspects of Catholic school life that encouraged Catholic commitment. Approximately two-thirds of the females who had attended Catholic schools nominated Catholic schooling as a definite factor in their present Catholic commitment, with younger females, 18–26, more frequently claiming this than the older females, 26–35. 3 The significance of Catholic education Question 3: If you attended Catholic schools, was this an important factor in continuing your Catholic commitment beyond school?

Typical comments concerned routine and unengaging RE classes, little emphasis on Catholicism in the RE curriculum, teachers who themselves were unconvinced about Catholic faith, a lack of inspiring role models among teachers and students and lack of opportunity to celebrate sacraments especially the Eucharist. In other words, the strength of the religious culture of the school was valued by the respondents when it was present, in which case it did affect their later religious commitment. It was regretted and missed when it was absent by those who continued Catholic commitment despite a weak Catholic culture in their schools.

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