PODCAST #10
The Catholic School on the Threshold of the 3rd Millennium: January 1, 2018

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PODCAST #10
The Catholic School on the Threshold of the 3rd Millennium: January 1, 2018

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Sacred Congregation for Education, 1997

Link to the document The Catholic School on the Threshold of the 3rd Millennium

Rev. John Belmonte, SJ, the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Joliet, joins the podcast to explore the meaning of the Vatican document in 1997.

STUDY GUIDE & DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

The Catholic School on the Threshold of the Third Millennium (Vatican, 1997)

  • Reading Questions:
    • 1: Define subjectivism, moral relativism, nihilism, and extreme pluralism.
    • 3: What is the missionary thrust of Catholic schools?
    • 6: What are the barriers to student success?
    • 7: Due to financial challenges, what is the temptation for Catholic school admissions?
    • 11: What is the ecclesial nature of the school?
    • 12: What is the vocation of a Catholic school?
    • 13: Why is the presence of consecrated religious valuable to a school?
    • 15: What is at the heart of a Catholic school?
    • 15: How do the Bishops describe poverty?
  • Discussion Questions:
    • If Christ is the foundation of Catholic schools, how does that impact your approach and practices?
    • Is your Catholic school at the heart of your diocese?  Why or why not?
    • 15: Does your school share the understanding of spiritual poverty?  Does it show concern?
  • Reflection Questions:
    • Whether or not your non-Catholic population has increased, can you sense any conflicts with Catholic values?  In other words, do you see any effects of “extreme pluralism” in your school(s)?
    • Does your school put “those who are weakest” or poor at the heart of its mission?
    • List 3-4 quotes that you could pull out from this document to use in your own communication.

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