International Handbook of Catholic Education: Challenges for by Gerald Grace, Joseph SJ O'Keefe

By Gerald Grace, Joseph SJ O'Keefe

Knowledge of Catholic academic scholarship and study has been principally constrained to precise nationwide settings. now could be the time to collect this scholarship in a global guide reflecting the truth that the Catholic Church is a global organization and that its numerous academic structures can examine from each one other.

The unifying subject matter of the instruction manual might be ‘Catholic schooling: demanding situations and responses’ in a few overseas settings. The analytical spotlight will be challenge oriented in analyzing church-state relatives, the results of globalisation, the influence of secularisation, the level of Vatican II changes of academic coverage and perform, problems with college management and governance and different modern demanding situations. even as an exam might be undertaken of many of the responses that are being made to those demanding situations. the 2 volumes can be geared up via geography.

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Projections for next year indicate that this trend will continue with announcements for the 2006–2007 school year already alluding to another year of loss. In New Jersey, the Archdiocese of Newark is closing three schools at the end and three schools are to be consolidated into two schools. In the Diocese of Paterson one school will close and two will consolidate. The Diocese of Green Bay in Wisconsin has reported three school closures and one consolidation of two schools. In New York, two schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn, one in the Diocese of Buffalo, and 26 O’Keefe and Scheopner 250 200 150 100 50 0 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Figure 1.

Between 2002 and 2005 financial giving to the church had decreased by 10%, making it more difficult for parishes to subsidize Catholic schools (CARA, 2006). This, along with increasing costs of education, have forced Catholic schools to dramatically increase their tuition rates, where today tuition for the average family with one student attending a Catholic elementary school and one student in a Catholic secondary school constitutes over 11% of the household income (Wallace, 2001). While 80% of Catholic elementary schools and 99% of Catholic secondary schools offer financial aid, more and more Catholic families are finding that they cannot afford to send their students to Catholic schools.

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