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What Makes Catholic Education Catholic?

From National Catholic Register “Catholic education” seems like a known commodity. How can we have serious questions about it, given the array of Catholic schools in this country? Surely, the history of Catholic education has clarified the matter. Unfortunately, things aren’t so simple. Recently, Kolbe Academy-Trinity Prep — a classical, liberal arts K-12 school in […]

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Common Core: A Threat to Catholic Education

From Crisis Magazine The following letter by Eagle Forum president, Phyllis Schlafly, was mailed this month to key members of the Roman Catholic hierarchy in the United States concerning the implementation of the Common Core education standards in public and private schools, including Catholic schools. It is reprinted here with permission of the author. Your […]

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Campus Fidei Address by Pope Francis at World Youth Day

Dear Young Friends, Seeing you all present here today, I think of the story of Saint Francis of Assisi. In front of the crucifix he heard the voice of Jesus saying to him: “Francis, go, rebuild my house”. The young Francis responded readily and generously to the Lord’s call to rebuild his house. But which […]

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Catholic Culture In America – Failure of Catechesis Staggers the Imagination

From American Spectator By G. Tracy  Mehan,  III Renewal starts with the idea of vocation. Consider a time, six decades ago, when the rate of Sunday Mass attendance for Catholics in the United States was 75 percent. Eighty percent went to confession yearly or more. Archbishop Fulton Sheen topped the television ratings in prime time. […]

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Help My Kids Still Aren’t Catholic!!

From Patheos By Fr. Dwight Longenecker An earlier post this week with a similar title evoked the most passionate comments I’ve had on a post for a long time. I suggested that one of the reasons why Catholic kids leave the church is that our catechism and worship styles and preaching for the past fifty […]

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Catholic Schools: Toeing the Party Line

From Crisis Magazine Robbed of much of their vitality by the violent implosion in religious orders, especially those devoted to teaching the young, over the past fifty years, our Catholic schools have struggled to stay alive – and many have closed their doors forever. Those that remain retain but a shell of their former orthodoxy. […]

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Confessions of a Wanna-Be Orthodox Catholic High School Teacher

From Catholic Stand Have you ever felt like a nobody in the world? To be in the world but not of the world is surely a frustrating reality in the normative workplace environment. But in the Catholic Education world? I never thought it would be such lonely, difficult work to teach, preach, and witness an […]

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Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age

This document offers guidance to catechetical publishers in the development of instructional material. It provides guidance in creating doctrinal content of catechetical text and materials, curriculum development, and catechetical instruction that completely define and present the teaching of the Church for young people of high school age. It’s a helpful resource for Catholic high schools, […]

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The Identity Crisis in Catholic Schools

From Catholic.org By: Deacon Keith A. Fournier – click here for a PDF version Introduction From January 28 through February 3, 2006, we observed Catholic Schools Week in the Catholic Dioceses of the United States of America. The theme for the week was, “Good News in Education”. Materials were sent to every Catholic School in […]

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Five Essential Marks of Catholic Schools

Like the marks of the Church proclaimed in the Creed – one, holy, catholic, and apostolic – so, too, does the Holy See identify the principal features of a school as Catholic: a Catholic school should be inspired by a supernatural vision, founded on Christian anthropology, animated by communion and community, imbued with a Catholic […]