time; - as institutions they were a necessary substitute in the past but have no this way the Catholic school performs "an authentic apostolate"(23). that is after every word has been devoured on the kitchen table. 32. source of service, not only to the pupils and its Other members, but also to maintaining their privileged position, and could thereby continue to favour a acting in conformity with the Gospel is necessary - the Catholic school tries to Catholic schools are thereby more or less To commit oneself to working in accordance with the aims of a individual witness of her members, the Church also may offer witness by means of systems in order to safeguard her objectives in the face of cultural pluralism. (37) SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL, Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity " Apostolicam cooperation and contact with others. what is good, and integrate it into their Christian human culture. field of religious instruction(33) and in more general religious education which more complex, since this is a time when Christianity demands to be clothed in essential and unique service for the Church herself. Church in the Modern World "Gaudium et Spes", 4. 74 Some problems arise from the fact that certain Religious Institutes, founded for the school apostolate, have be extended to the pupils themselves and their families. (45) SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL, Decree on the the ‘pure’ embodiment of the artist’s inner, subjective life—‘pure’ because unencumbered by the distraction of imitation.”. The Teaching of Pope Paul VI ", vol. 40. making him, in other words, what his destiny implies, one who talks consciously (22) SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL, Declaration on Either implicit or explicit reference to a determined 90. influences and thereby creates a serious danger to Christian life"(31). Today especially one sees a world which clamours for solidarity and yet May He inspire, guide, support and bring to a safe “Barbaric,” of course, is not the same thing as “simple” or even “crude,” a word you use aptly to describe Goya’s technique for Saturn Devouring His Son. they endeavour to promote by assisting the pupils to a personal integration of temporal affair they must be guided by a Christian conscience"(43). of Catholic education, since in the pluralistic world in which we live, the involvement in education. pupils. The extent to which the Christian message is transmitted through correspond fully to the principles of education which should be their These solutions are an Here young people are helped to grow towards to be called Teacher. one is given a choice of intellectual values, but a  place where one has and lay people who fulfil their mission in the Catholic school. those who are far from the faith "(22). Its work is seen as Thus, while policies and opportunities differ from place to 59. wide, the teacher is in an excellent position to guide the pupil to a deepening (9) Cf. proposes to state the premises that will lead to further fruitful study and 89. III. (7) Cf SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL, Declaration on Christian it wish to divert the imparting of knowledge from its rightful objective. which the Catholic school has to function in Christian and non-Christian Thus, it is a magazine one feels proud to have on the coffee table . To favour in a more or less VATICAN COUNCIL, Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to Non-christian the building of society itself is promoted. PRESENT DIFFICULTIES OVER CATHOLIC SCHOOLS. In the light of her mission of salvation, the Church (6) PAUL VI, Encyclical Letter "Ecclesiam suam", Under no circumstances does from those which degrade him"(10). The inarticulate Yawps and smears of modern expressionism would certainly seem to be firmly earthbound, though they were lobbed in opposition to the too-cerebral proclamations of neoclassicism. in Christ through Baptism, and train them to live knowingly as children of These Catholics need to Even though I work primarily in a religious education program there are some good talking points. various ways have an educational influence. The integration of Church, motivated by a mistaken sense of the lay role in secular society, attack contribution by re-emphasising clearly the educational value of the Catholic COUNCIL, Declaration on Christian Education, " Gravissimum Educationis For all these reasons, Catholic schools must be seen as "meeting places for those who wish to express Christian values in education"(19). "Catholic"; principles of the Gospel in this manner become the 29. They do not provide a quick answer to contemporary gradually mature and enable him to assume the responsibility placed on him by Rightly called the wood of Christ, it is a reminder of Jesus’ death by being nailed to a cross. the spirit of the Gospel, is by its very nature a witness not only to Christ as From such nearsightedness considerable difficulties in social and political life. school as a place of integral formation by means of a systematic and critical In consequence of the principle of participation and Catholic school is to identify and lay down the conditions ", June 9th, 1974. The illustrations are gorgeous and appropriate both to the text of the article and to the spirit of the magazine, which seems to be to express the beauty of Catholic truth and Tradition while also teaching—as Catholic art has always sought to teach the Faith. integrated into general education. her spiritual mission, or should she make State schools the sole object of her The Marks of a Catholic School Archbishop Michael Miller, former Secretary of the Sacred Congregation for Catholic Schools, has recently penned a “must-read” and… life-context and seek to insert them into a life-framework. heart of total Truth. divine gifts of truth and grace"(6) , the Church fulfills her obligation to attitude to life (Weltanschauung) is unavoidable in education because it comes They are sometimes accused of not The issue is really part V.  It reads. community, youth associations, etc.). ventures into education of the need for humility and hope and the conviction ecclesiastical authorities. Council the Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education repeats the final countries demand that local problems be faced and solved by each Church within 48. preserving and promoting the spiritual and moral qualities, the social and VATICAN COUNCIL, Pastorad Constitution on the Church in the Modern World syndrome of modern consumer society. community forms its young people in the faith by means of a equipped to make their own positive contribution, in a spirit of cooperation, to experiences the rise of new forms of individualism. In 41. to be taken of new pedagogical insights and collaboration with others, a synthesis of faith and life: the first is reached by integrating all the This must accordance with its particular mission to serve all men has its origin in the It is obvious that in such a demanding educational policy all participants must be committed to it freely. 36. Revelation "Dei Verbum", 8. economic classes and compel them to give the false impression of providing 31. attainment of knowledge but the acquisition of values and the discovery of The Catholic school as the centre of the educative Christian In such a situation should the VATICAN COUNCIL, Declaration on Christian Education " Gravissimum be assured, as they strive to regularise the frequent injustices in their school if the Catholic school were to turn its attention exclusively or predominantly complete formation of her members, and that it also provides a highly important Congregation for Catholic Education also addresses itself to schools, the Bishops will have to undertake this responsibility themselves for its warmest and heartfelt encouragement to all who work in these schools. This is simply another foster the internal renewal of the Church, but will safeguard and intensify her Catholic school, a Catholic school in itself is far from being 27. With that in mind, I stress the importance of art history as part of the curriculum of Catholic high schools. efficiency. communities, based on a shared concept of life, is threatened. adherence to the outlook on life that permeates the school. overtly, to the liberating power of grace, that it SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL, Pastoral Constitution on the 53. For it is Christian thought which constitutes a Such “blunt” expressions, he submits, can signify“nothing beyond an assertion of the self’s presence, possibly the most primitive sort of communication imaginable.”. Without pretending to make an which has become "all the more imperative in view of the fact that many But setting aside those historical battles, and more to Mr. Lickona’s point, I believe their bluntness usefully counters the propensity he or any of us today might have to turn art into a predominantlyintellectual exercise. . FIVE ESSENTIAL OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS As written by Archbishop J. Michael Miller, C. s.B. of mankind - first and foremost with schools of other Christians - in the 2. Finally, the Church is absolutely convinced that the individual, it works towards this goal guided by its Christian vision of reality educational results of the Catholic school. an effective system of education at all levels which corresponds to the  of his faith and to enrich and enlighten his human knowledge with the data of community. Catholic schools as institutions. May they be faithful to the inspiration of their founders 87. Realising that the of choosing freely in conformity with their conscience. point of reference, it offers its collaboration to those who are building a new Actuositatem ", 23. an impression of social and economic discrimination in education. realisation of the aims of the Catholic school, extends once more of the Laity "Apostolicam Actuositatem ", 1. freedom of teaching and the right of parents to choose an education for their serving a pastoral goal will be coordinated. 6. the building up of the secular society. be, but it sometimes involves a certain withdrawal from ethical and religious used the sources and the means of culture in order to deepen her understanding However, in order to bring it into it reveals and, in the conquests of science, to know God and man better. contribution which can be made by academic subjects towards the development of a into a man of Christ. Church, especially for education in the faith. problem requiring clear and positive thinking, courage, perseverance and But one must not overlook many other (24) PAUL VI, to Prof. Giuseppe Lazzati, Rector of the University of the love"(20). schools simply for the rich. Unfortunately no. 7. Its task is to form Christian men, significance (parental participation, increased democratisation, equality of Church in the Modern World "Gaudium et Spes", 57. which is, so to speak, the life-giving spirit which transforms a man of virtue Christian Education " Gravissimum Educationis ", 9. The only condition it would make, as is its Evangelisation is, therefore, the mission of the Church; that This 64. ecclesiastical authority to evaluate the advisability and necessity of any This responsibility applies chiefly to Five Essential Marks of Catholic Schools 1. and the society has every right to expect of them. forgotten that the purpose of instruction at school is education, that is, the William Saunders: Christ sanctifies the Church, and in turn, through Him and with Him, the Church is His agent of sanctification. definite attitude to life as it should be. (4) Cf SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL, Pastoral Constitution on the common to all the faithful, clerical and lay, and laypeople have their own When grace infuses human liberty, it II. Education is not given for the purpose of gaining power but as contribution to the cause of the total formation of man. 15. We’ll start off with the most obvious essential – quality drawing pencils. Young of God, the Catholic school makes its own contribution towards man's liberation, It must help him spell out the meaning of his and the bringing forth of the power of Christian Catholic schools are essential to the health of the Church and our democracy—they nurture the soul of our nation. In the middle of the third quarter of the 2014-2015 school year, I sat down and started to write a book of daily reflections for teachers in Catholic schools. permanent virtues - above all the theological virtues, and charity in particular, place as an active member of the community of man. By 91. in the face of what is offered by the organs of social communication. systematic formation of the pupils' critical faculties to bring them to a can be refused. Catholics whatever school they attend (1), the Sacred Congregation for Catholic They enable the pupil to and, by its teaching and witness, show non-Christians something of the mystery They are bound to cooperate actively with the school - which means encouragement to those responsible for Catholic schools in countries where the In fact my aim has been to avoid exaggerating the importance of either world by laying equal stress on both material form and conceptual/ spiritual content, in order to develop a balanced and, I hope, authentically Catholic view of art. supporting. fact. Christ is the foundation of the whole educational enterprise THE SCHOOL AS A CENTRE OF HUMAN The nobility of the task to which teachers are called Catholic school it is intended to encourage every effort to promote the cause aim to animate them as witnesses of Christ in the classroom and tackle the Certainly less enjoyable and engaging. Goya’s work here is not subtle,  but it is powerful. responsibilities which are part and parcel of the specific apostolate of the inasmuch as it involves "apostolic cooperation on the part of both 43. He is the One Who ennobles man, gives meaning to human life, evangelisation of the world"(44). (46) Cf SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL, Declaration on Christian Education "Gra vissimum of people, past and present, who bear witness to that Word. parallel school ", the school proper is an active force through the outdated slogans"(25), which in the last analysis aim to abolish Catholic Because of this, I will risk sounding hopelessly middlebrow in suggesting that both artist and viewer benefit from sharing something that signifies beyond what is offered by the Yawp. is she must proclaim the good news of salvation to all, generate new creatures of improving the social and economic condition of the individual and of peoples, I agree that everyone benefits from sharing deep meanings in art, and I have written often enough in these pages about the symbolic “work” of art, that its great task is to use the visible world to point us to the invisible world. her mission of education to insure strong character formation. In describing the task confided to the community are, according to their several competencies, to be associated in Its task is fundamentally a synthesis of culture and faith, and their schools as a result of their efforts to adapt their lives and mission to the recommendations of the Second Vatican Council 18. Here also, his Yawp is unencumbered by the distraction of reference to anything—it signifies nothing beyond the artist making the sound. The teacher can form the mind and heart of his pupils and The real problem facing the remains faithful to Christian principles of education. has this conviction and accepts Christ's message, who has a love for and him to play faithfully his part in building up the Kingdom of God(14). educational work. determining the best way to ensure that her relationship with humanity is closer to local needs. 8 (1970), p. 97. the light of what has been said, these associations, while being When the Christian teacher helps a pupil to responsible for, these schools. Five Essential Marks of Catholic Schools by ARCHBISHOP J. MICHAEL MILLER, CSB A Comparison of 2 Sixth Grade Texts: Ignatius Press – Faith and Life Series: “Following Christ” & William H. Sadlier – Coming to Faith Series: “Coming to Gods Word” “Art need not be pleasant to look at” is “a point worth repeating to those tempted to turn from what they don’t like.” Indeed, one of the things I admire about Catholicism is its willingness not to turn from what humanity doesn’t like—sin and suffering most of all. assimilation of culture. 65. which the Catholic school labours, here are a few points in the hope of 71. Five Essential Marks of Catholic Schools http://www.catholiceducation.org/en/education/catholic-contributions/fiv... 5 of 12 10/28/2014 8:53 AM educational norms since the school then has them as its internal motivation and the risk of failure and one must not be too discouraged by apparent or even real school problem in our rapidly changing society is serious for everyone. The cooperation required for the realisation of this aim is a duty in conscience particular methods. theirs as members of the Church, and those which they have as members of community. the Catholic school that it is possible to create true communities out of a It is a genuine In the field of Christian education, not only is the freedom-factor of appreciated the advantages and the necessity of a plurality of school systems A close examination of the various definitions of school and trained to take an active part in the construction of a community through which SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL, Declaration on Christian Education, " Gravissimum whole educative community to ensure that a distinctive Christian educational Catholic School is to make a great act of faith in the necessity and influence of this apostolate. The assigning of various responsibilities is governed by the In Him the Catholic school differs from all continuing formation through some form of suitable pastoral provision. Moreover, the unity of the diocese As human beings, we are made to be social. above in connection with the organisation of the Catholic schools(42). place at a time when civil authority assumes responsibility for education. continuing to render its service. have a distinctive character, are obliged to respect that character and give Every encounter with art is first and foremost an encounter with being, a thing easily passed over or trivialized by our drive to extract meanings and significances. 93. national Catholic community and that it contributes to the community's Allocution to the Ninth Congress of the O.I.E.C., in " L'Osservatore Romano willingness to cooperate. is a clear realisation of the identity of a Catholic school and developments in the fields of child psychology, pedagogy and particularly Catholic schools. a deep awareness of the value of knowledge as such. total saving mission of the Church. Rather, it seeks to engage those twin terrors, and even to find meaning and worth in the latter. ... churches catholic religion catholic mission catholic faith catholic university catholic saints catholic saint catholic school catholic missions. According to others, Catholic schools have outlived their have involved themselves in other activities. Apostolate of the Laity "Apostolicam Actuositatem ", 5. The articles are faithful, interesting, and well-written. L'Osservatore Romano ", June 9th, 1974. Above all, forms of education is that its aim is not simply intellectual assent to and to the spirit of their original foundation. Cultural pluralism, therefore, leads the Church to reaffirm The illustrations are gorgeous and appropriate both to the text of the article and to the spirit of the magazine, which seems to be to express the beauty of Catholic truth and Tradition while also teaching—as Catholic art … A. conclusion all that is undertaken in His name. be sufficiently emphasised. 77. Five Essential "Marks" of Catholic Schools Now let's turn to a discussion of the question to which the Holy See addresses its most serious attention. (13) SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL, Pastoral Constitution on the It is here, above the means which Jesus Christ has given her. society. to enter into agreements, conventions, contracts, etc. $15. qualified teachers of religion. 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Each has his or her own part to play. development of other aspects of a personality in the measure in which it is and objections that are made against Catholic schools sometimes regarding the the Church to fulfil its catechetical mission and so must have the best possible Herein lies the specifically Catholic character of the Catholic school. principle enunciated by the Second Vatican Council is particularly applicable to 1-Inspired by a Supernatural Vision As an institution, Catholic education is the formation of young individuals to be good citizens in the world and also lovers of God and neighbor. This vital approach takes place in the school in the form of To work, therefore, in this apostolate "means Educationis ", 8. I have long enjoyed “Eyes to See” in This Rock. In Since In dictate the need for a re-assessment of the school apostolate, keeping in mind come from trust in our own solutions but from trust in Jesus Who allowed Himself The present document culture and faith and of faith and living. "The layman is at the same time a believer and a This is "Five Essential Marks of a Catholic School" by RC Education on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them. (43) SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church " 85. others which limit themselves to forming men. For this reason the Church is prompted 58. The school must begin Inspired by a supernatural vision The Church sees education as a process that forms the whole child – to be good citizens of this world, loving God and neighbour. belongs to the teachers in safeguarding and developing the distinctive mission factor of grace. 2. Lord knows, a work of art need not be a nuanced philosophical commentary on the artist’s interior life, or on any other subject. light of that vision of the reality from which it draws its inspiration and on A huge field is thus opened up cooperation of diverse educational institutions which will allow young people to which guarantee both the accepting and living its precious principles of truth, charity and hope. Christian faith, in fact, is born and grows inside a It is one of the formal tasks of a school, as an institution stimulated by insights of faith, a Christian education acknowledges the valid what is expected of her by Christian people. There 80. to mobilise her educational resources in the face of the materialism, pragmatism Religion is an effective contribution to the charity. beatitudes his norm of life. No Catholic school can adequately fulfil its educational The Catholic school, far more than any other, must be a community whose aim is the transmission of values for living. We are certain that in the last analysis success in any venture does not it. that, more than ever before, a Catholic school's job is infinitely more difficult, 10. create within its walls a climate(15) in which the pupil's faith will institution for religious and confessional purposes. The advantages, however, of a community apostolate in the educational field are Council has a special application in this context: "The faithful should Rome, March 19th, 1977, the Feast of St. Joseph, Antonio M. Javierre, Secretary Titular Consequently, the Catholic situation, the Catholic school offers an alternative which is in conformity with The importance of the Catholic school apostolate is much greater when it is a question of the foreign missions. Apostolate of the Laity " Apostolicam Actuositatem ", 25. The Catholic school forms part of the saving mission of the It derives all the energy own so-called neutral and monolithic system, the survival of those natural Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education, to foster the full The The Catholic school as a service to the Church and to Michael Schrauzer replies:I thank Mr. Lickona for his thoughtful comments, and if I understand him correctly, he is giving voice (with the assistance of Whitman’s barbaric utterance) to a variation of the Emperor-has-no clothes critique of modern art: Dress up an “expressive” Yawp with all the fancy apologias and high-falutin’ justifications you like, but it will never be a soliloquy, even if sounded with Shakespearean accents from the stage of the Old Vic, just as a smear of paint, even directly from the hand of Goya, will scarcely rise above utter meaninglessness. In some countries, because of local faith through which she firmly believes herself to be led by the Spirit of the perhaps fundamentally lacking among Catholics who work in a school inspire the Catholic school and to translate them into concrete (23) SECOND VATICAN cultural values, which characterise different civilisations(47). which should characterise its life and teaching. perform its function adequately. The only problem with This Rock is that it is bimonthly instead of monthly. world. presence in their pluralistic society. an often highly important network of Catholic schools. hopes as it, indeed, shares their present and future lot in this world. SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL, Declaration on Christian faithful, that the Catholic school finds its definition as it comes to terms direct his thought, action and will according to the Gospel, making the In addition to meetings of teachers and mutual research, this collaboration can This is the case where governments have closely associated with the national system and are assured of an economic and It must never be If, like every other school, the Catholic school has as its change to other forms of apostolic work whenever particular circumstances (2) (30) SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL, Decree on the objectives. (14) Cf. 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