ERIC Number: ED197498
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
Achieving Shared Responsibility in the American Church.
Murdick, Olin J.
The major difficulty facing the institutionalization of shared responsibility in the Catholic Church, with reference to education, is a lack of awareness that various kinds of decisions must be made, various functions must be performed, and various structures should be established to carry out these functions. The general and comprehensive nature of the responsibility of a pastoral council makes it virtually imperative that there be a division of responsibility and labor between the generalist body, the pastoral council, and a specialist but subsidiary body, the board of education. The essential responsibility and task of a pastoral council, diocesan or parochial, is to give direction to all programs serving pastoral need, to authorize and generally empower such programs, and to demand accountability from them. Any attempt on the part of a pastoral council, however, to exercise control in terms of such particular functions as defining program objectives, selecting policies relating to the program, or monitoring programs (not to mention administering them) represents an inappropriate and unnecessary kind of control. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Administrator Responsibility, Board of Education Role, Catholic Schools, Church Responsibility, Church Role, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Governance, Lay People, Leadership Responsibility, Policy Formation
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, DC.