Catholic Identity and Culture , Australian Catholic Schools
The Catholic identity is centred on the presentation of the person of Jesus Christ with his call to repent and believe. It also espouses crucifixion Christianity which leads to the call to believe that everyone stands under the last fourthings of death and judgement, heaven and hell. As a catholic, one has a call to faith and reason as well as love and hope which is now profoundly counter cultural (Diocese of Rockhampton, 2001).This is the catholic identity.
The Catholic identity promotes stewardship with stipulates that material resources must be efficiently used to allow the most needy to have access. Human beings must be stewards of each other and safeguard the available resources so that future generations can enjoy it. Pastoral care is founded deep into their identity founded on a mutual relationship of profound respect. The Catholic identity utilises a variety of symbols, rituals and actions that are all used to express the various sacraments.
[...] 9-21 Holohan, G. (2006). Nurturing Catholicity in our Catholic schools. Paper presented at the National Catholic Education Conference, Sydney, 27-29 September. http://ezproxyweb.acu.edu.au/login?url=http://dlibrary.acu.edu.au/erese rve/copyright/documents/Holohan11614.pdf http://www.aare.edu.au/06pap/bel06236.pdf Pell, G. (2006). Religion and culture: Catholic schools in Australia. The keynote address National Catholic Education Conference, Sydney, 27-29 September. [...]
[...] Even allowing that the government has got its own curriculum that it would wish schools to conform to, lay principles can also introduce further classes or set apart time that will allow them to provide additional teaching in the manner they would wish. Other subjects that may not have been included in the government curriculum can be squeezed in at some other hours. Learning materials on religion including diagrams, art work, posters and signs may be included in the school to allow children to identify with them. It is solitary in this method that the lay standard can satisfy the requirements of the government while promoting the culture and vision of the Catholic Church. References Davis, R. (2010). [...]
[...] Lay principles also have a challenge because they are answerable to multiple legitimacies of government accountability (Belmonte, Cranston & Limerick, 2006). They have the task of developing a genuine catholic school while conforming to government regulations. Response The challenge that a lay principle has when defining the curriculum of the school to conform to both the governments and the church's expectations of learning is a significant challenge. This challenge can be responded to in a number of ways at the school level. [...]
[...] Challenges facing Catholic schools identity and culture The Catholic Church has been static over the years and the cultural, theological and ecclesial movements over time have had significant influences on their functions. This presents a challenge to the schools as they try to maintain their overall character and ethos in the face of socialization that has reviewed the manner in which students behave (Pell, 2006). In this new millennium, the schools appear less united with the church's vision. And over the years, the same church has been forced to account for sexual abuse of the congregation by the clergy and other religious members. [...]
[...] Positive Culture. Leadership Excellence, 10-11. http://ezproxyweb.acu.edu.au/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/logi n.aspx?direct=true&db=bth&AN=52768138&site=ehost-live Diocese of Rockhampton. (2001). Defining Features of Catholic Schools. Diocese of Rockhampton. http://www.rok.catholic.edu.au/files/DefiningA4BookletFinal.pdf Groome, T. (1998). Educating for Life totally: A Spiritual over Vision for Every Teacher and Parent. Allen, TX: Thomas More pp. [...]
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