Page 4, 6th November 1981

6th November 1981
Page 4
Page 4, 6th November 1981 — The merits in breaking narrow confines of private schooling

Report an error

Noticed an error on this page?
If you've noticed an error in this article please click here to report it.



Related articles

What Makes A School Catholic?

Page 9 from 15th October 1993

Will Catholic Schools

Page 7 from 13th December 1946

Aided Schools' Advantage

Page 2 from 2nd March 1945

A Special Problem Clouded By Apathy

Page 7 from 27th April 1956

Unity In The Classroom On The Up And Up

Page 5 from 21st September 1990

The merits in breaking narrow confines of private schooling

FEW OF US would deny that our Catholic public schools are making a valuable contribution to education and many would deplore their closure purely for ideological reasons.

It is not unreasonable to assume that once the independent sector is closed. the next logical step will be to close the voluntary sector.

However, what surprises many lay people is that some religious orders feel it necessary to concentrate their apostolate in education preponderantly on public and independent schools.

With due respect to Father O'Connor, what is to stop a religious order 'building a school community around a religious community' in the aided sector?

in view of the shortage of effective priestly ministry in so many of our aided schools, could not these orders accept as of secondary importance, 'what we want to do in education' — to quote Father O'Connor — and apply themselves to the demanding needs of the Church's ork outside the narrow confines of the Private school system.

Many religious are finding ordination to the priesthood hard to reconcile with a ministry devoted almost exclusively to the socially privileged.

It would he interesting to know how religious in the independent sector have come to terms with this dilemma, Peter Eckersley Headmaster Christ the King School Stamford Road Southport Merseyside

blog comments powered by Disqus