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By J. Sullivan

How coherent is the declare that Catholic schooling is either designated and inclusive? this question, so an important, either for the sufficient articulation of a raison d'être for Catholic colleges around the globe and likewise for the promoting in their fit functioning, has no longer hitherto been addressed seriously. the following it gets penetrating research and positive solution in a accomplished remedy that integrates theological, philosophical and academic views. The argument attracts on wide-ranging scholarship, providing new insights into the relevance for Catholic schooling of thinkers whose paintings has been really overlooked. the development in realizing of ways uniqueness pertains to inclusiveness is underpinned via the author's long event of educating and management in Catholic faculties; it truly is extra educated by way of his prolonged and carrying on with discussion with Catholic educators in any respect degrees and in lots of assorted countries.

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However, flexibility, accommodation and reinterpretation run the risk of dissolving distinctiveness and identity. How far can the 'external protections' and permissions provided by a liberal society be applied internally (within the church generally and within church schools in particular) without serious loss? 32 As Eamonn Callan points out, parents who feel alienated on religious grounds from the public culture of their society may view with something akin to terror the possibility that their children will come to identify with that culture, because in so doing they could no longer share a way of life with their children that is for them a precondition of intimacy....

15 If employed in this way, the concept is liable to support a drive for distinctiveness which, in failing to attend to the particular circumstances and needs of individuals, is insufficiently inclusive. Catholic schools, which by their nature are more liable than many to the use of the language of 'mission', need to guard against these dangers. For a variety of reasons, which are explored later, many teachers who work in Catholic schools do not have a clear view of Catholicism. As a result they lack any distinctive vision of Catholic education.

42 By Presses Universitaires de France, Paris, from 1995 onwards. The frrst two of nine projected volumes have appeared so far. CHAPTER2 DISTINCTIVENESS AND INCLUSIVENESS: INCOMPATIBILITY OR CREATIVE TENSION? In bringing into a sharper focus the two polarities sketched out in Chapter One, I shall concentrate on Catholic schooling in the public sector. This means that I omit treatment of those contexts other than schooling which also provide opportunities for educating Catholics in their faith. Among these might be included sermons, liturgy, missions, catechesis, sodalities, sacramental participation, religious literature, pilgrimages, scripture study and other forms of adult and higher education.

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