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Epilogue: Post-Deferential Parents

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/9780199796656.003.0011
Epilogue: Post-Deferential Parents

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This book has argued throughout that the laity can be, and now many of them often are, important leaders in the Catholic Church in America. Instead of commanding, the hierarchy more than ever must persuade the laity through their credibility, transparency, and accountability. It indicated in the first chapter that parents are one of the audiences for which this book has been written. It also described in several chapters the key roles that parents play in the faith development of their adolescent children. Parents have enormous responsibility for the education of and formation of their children into adults. In this epilogue, an additional word is said about the new reality of the laity in the American Catholic Church, especially as they relate to one another and the hierarchy.

Keywords: laity; Catholic Church; faith development; adolescents

Chapter.  4376 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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