• The Future of Catholic School Governance: A Historical Perspective
  • Author: Lilienthal, Lucianne M.
  • Published: University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, 2010
  • Extent: 146
  • Language (written in): English
  • Abstract: Catholic schools have greatly contributed to the heritage of education in the United States, effectively educating their students and assisting in the teaching mission of the Catholic Church. While this success is well documented, significant challenges currently threaten Catholic schools: demographic shifts, the changing role of religion in the lives of American Catholics, increasing education options for parents, and a paucity of priests. Many Catholic schools have been forced to restructure or regionalize. Many single-parish schools have been closed because they cannot financially continue. It is the purpose of this research to investigate and then promote a more collaborative, codeterminative model of governance for Catholic schools by relating a historical account of America's Church governance and the precedent set by John England, first Bishop of Charleston, circa 1820. Bishop England laid the foundation for greater democracy and broader equity with the laity within the native Church in the governance of the American Catholic Church's temporal matters. The spirit of independence helped form the early American Catholic Church under the leadership of Bishop John Carroll. He had envisioned a church that would recognize the pope as the spiritual head of the universal Church; but the American Catholic Church would conduct its temporal affairs in deference to the federal government in the new nation. While Carroll established Georgetown University, St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, and supported the use of the vernacular in liturgy, his true vision of American governance in the Church would not be achieved until Bishop John England wrote a constitution delineating the responsibilities of the clergy and the laity and forming a bicameral governance structure for the diocese of Charleston. His clearly defined constitution alleviated problems between the clergy and laity that had arisen under trusteeism. With the changing structures of today's Catholic schools, priests and laity are called to greater collaboration. School boards must have clearly defined authority and responsibilities, especially accountability. Selected board members must have the talent and ability to lead schools that require greater stewardship and collaboration.
  • Note: Acad. dept.: Educational Leadership
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