Based on your reading of relevant Vatican documents and other literature, argue your understanding of the purpose of Catholic schools in the context of discussions around Catholic culture and identity in contemporary Australian society.
I would like to argue that Catholic Schools are a way of the church ensuring young Australians maintain contact with the Church.
Here are possible and suggested references:
Topic 1 – What does it mean to be a Catholic School? – Church Documents
Congregation for Catholic Education (1977), The Catholic school.
Congregation of Catholic Education (1988), Religious Dimension of Catholic Education.
Congregation for Catholic Education (1998), The Catholic school on the threshold of the third millennium.
Congregation for Catholic Education (2007), Educating together in Catholic schools: a shared mission between consecrated persons and the lay faithful.
Congregation for Catholic Education (2013). Educating to Intercultural Dialogue in Catholic Schools: Living in Harmony for a Civilization of Love, Rome: Holy See.
Congregation for Catholic Education (2014) Educating today and tomorrow: A renewing passion. Rome: Holy See.
National Catholic Education Commission (2014). Australian Catholic Schools Why We Have Them? What They Aim To Achieve?
Catholic Education Office of WA (2008) Mandate 2009-2015.
Catholic Education Office. The Archbishop’s Charter for Catholic Schools. . Archdiocesan of Hobart. Retrieved Feb 5 2011
Topic 2 – Purpose and Mission
McLaughlin, D. (2000). The Catholic School: Avenue to authenticity. Journal of Catholic Education, 3 (3), 274-292. (Commentary on The Catholic school on the threshold of the third millennium)
McLaughlin, D. (2008). Educating together in Catholic schools: a shared mission between consecrated persons and the lay faithful, Journal of Catholic School Studies, 80(2) 37-54
Miller, M. (2006). The Holy See’s Teaching on Catholic Schools.
Bevans, S, (2009). The mission has a Church: An Invitation to the Dance, Australian E Journal of Theology 14(1).
Grace, G (2004). “First and foremost, The Church offers its educational service to the poor”: class, inequality and Catholic schooling in contemporary contexts, International Studies in Sociology of Education, 13(1), 35-53.
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