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The Future of Catholic High Schools

James L. Heft S.M.

in Catholic High Schools

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199796656
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919352 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796656.003.0010
The Future of Catholic High Schools

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Three things have to be achieved for Catholic high schools to flourish: clarity about their distinctive mission, care in the recruitment and formation of lay leadership and faculty, and a critique of modern culture. This chapter restates and re-emphasizes the importance of these conditions for vibrant Catholic high schools. The most important factor for the future of Catholic high schools is a clear vision of their mission—a mission fully embraced by the faculty. Catholic schools had an important advantage over public high schools: they can draw explicitly on a theological foundation for the moral formation of their students. When a transcendent foundation is missing, one of two things tends to happen: either disagreements, especially over the morality of certain sexual issues, polarize the school community, or the faculty simply avoids addressing moral issues. The leaders of Catholics schools are obliged to form their students intellectually, morally, religiously, and intellectually, and do so by drawing on the Catholic theological tradition and practice, especially the Eucharist, and, it should be added, by being excellent teachers in all subjects.

Keywords: mission; recruitment; lay leadership; faculty; modern culture; moral formation

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Subjects: Religious Studies

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