ERIC Number: ED125051
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr-21
Reference Count: 0
Catholic Educational Policy in the Future: Reflections on NORC II.
McCready, William C.
This paper briefly summarizes the findings of a recent survey that investigated the attitudes of American Catholics toward Catholic schools and toward the Catholic church as a whole, then discusses the implications of the survey findings for the future of Catholic schools in the United States. The data suggest that the decline in mass attendance and Catholic school enrollment over the past decade is largely a result of changing attitudes toward papal authority in general and the ban on birth control in particular. The church hierarchy has contributed to this decline, the author argues, by preventing lay participation in church decision-making and by basing policy decisions on inaccurate stereotypes of American Catholics. The author asserts that many of the problems now facing American Catholic schools could be effectively attacked through implementation of an opinion research program that would enable the church hierarchy to be more responsibe to the needs and attitudes of its members. (JG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Catholic Educational Association (Chicago, Illinois, April 19-22, 1976)