Beyond Obedience and Abandonment: Toward a Theory of Dissent by Graham P. McDonough

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By Graham P. McDonough

Catholic colleges have completed educational, social, and non secular successes, yet have additionally struggled with moving twenty-first century social values. faced with concerns reminiscent of the right kind remedy of non-heterosexual scholars, disagreements over the ordination of girls, and assertions that faculties will not be adequately educating doctrine, Catholic colleges are inclined to take heed to issues after which resume verified institutional courses. In past Obedience and Abandonment, Graham McDonough proposes that Catholic faculties embody dissent as a strong chance for rediscovery within the Church. construction a case for effective dissent, McDonough presents a nuanced research of up to date Catholic schooling. He considers the ways that the verified physique of theology, historical past, and curriculum thought helps devoted confrontation in the culture of non secular education and descriptions new views for overcoming doctrinal frustrations and administrative stumbling blocks. past Obedience and Abandonment is a well-reasoned and fascinating paintings that illustrates the constraints of present practices and proposes new designs that might permit larger dissent and fuller participation in Catholic education.

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Parents and families, especially, should find it speaks to the religious education of all in their charge, as should lay catechists, parish priests, bishops, and curial officials. ” In moments where the heuristic value of distinguishing between Education and Schooling is of interpretive value for analyzing how professionals understand their role, I will refer specifically to Catholic Education, Catholic Schooling, or Catholic EducationSchooling in order to avoid ambiguity. An explication of the distinction between Catholic Education and Catholic Schooling is no mere trivial matter, for its itemization of potential meanings enumerates the breadth of political-ecclesial views within the Church.

Following Moran’s pattern of analysis, the theoretical construction of “Catholic Schooling” is at least as ambiguous. It could refer to (a) the operation of schools that are nominally Catholic, (b) the establishment of institutions that deliver some version of Catholic content and experiences across the whole formal and informal curriculum, or (c) the simple provision of schooling in the name of Catholic social service – possibly even without catechesis. The latter kind could be offered to persons in need, to persons who are nonCatholic or non-Christian but who choose to attend Catholic schools, or in the thin demographic sense of formally schooling a cohort of Catholic persons as Moran describes in (2) above.

Indb 26 13/09/12 12:32 PM Problems of Writing on Catholic Education 27 fact that one is in the business of education, and as Catholicism’s various ordained, religious, and lay ecclesial bodies have entered this enterprise, they have discovered or inherited particularly religious and Catholic versions of these problems. This book proposes a new way for Catholic Education to approach the religious tensions which inhere in the socio-foundational structure of its institutions. Given the complex institutional nature of Catholic Education, the observations, proposals, and arguments throughout this book are presented in a spirit that is generous to each partner and to what arguably should be reasonable for each to accept.

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