Catholic Education: Distinctive and Inclusive by J. Sullivan

By J. Sullivan

How coherent is the declare that Catholic schooling is either specified and inclusive? this question, so the most important, either for the enough articulation of a raison d'ĂȘtre for Catholic faculties world wide and in addition for the merchandising in their fit functioning, has now not hitherto been addressed significantly. right here it gets penetrating research and optimistic answer in a entire remedy that integrates theological, philosophical and academic views. The argument attracts on wide-ranging scholarship, supplying new insights into the relevance for Catholic schooling of thinkers whose paintings has been particularly overlooked. the development in figuring out of the way uniqueness pertains to inclusiveness is underpinned through the author's long adventure of training and management in Catholic faculties; it really is additional knowledgeable via his prolonged and carrying on with discussion with Catholic educators in any respect degrees and in lots of diverse countries.

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This is to ensure that justice is done to the message to be conveyed. The purity and efficacy of the 'medicine' of salvation available through the Church needs to be relied upon by whoever avails themselves of it. Strong border controls and customs stations are to be maintained to prevent contamination from alien ideas which might be corrosive of truth and to assess carefully 'foreign imports' for their likely 'impact' on the 'economy' of the faith and the lives of the faithful. On the other hand, an equally important imperative for Catholicism is to be fully inclusive, to be open to all types of people and to all sources of truth.

An important exception to this lack of engagement is Gini Shimabukuro. See Shimabukuro, A Call to Reflection: A Teacher's Guide to Catholic Identity for the 21st Century, Washington, DC, The National Catholic Educational Association, 1998. 36 Charles Taylor, in A Catholic Modernity? J4. 37 Ibid. 43-44. 55. 57. J55-6. 42 By Presses Universitaires de France, Paris, from 1995 onwards. The frrst two of nine projected volumes have appeared so far. CHAPTER2 DISTINCTIVENESS AND INCLUSIVENESS: INCOMPATIBILITY OR CREATIVE TENSION?

Catholic schools, funded jointly by the church and the state, represent approximately 10% of the total number of maintained schools in England and Wales. 1 Despite their current healthy attendance figures, popularity with parents and record of securing a very high incidence of positive inspection reports, 2 I believe that Catholic schools may well be weakened, both in the effective implementation of their mission and in their self-advocacy, by a failure to acknowledge and to resolve an internal ambivalence in their philosophy and purposes.

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