ERIC Number: ED399620
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Religious Education and the Law: A Handbook for Parish Catechetical Leaders.
Shaughnessy, Mary Angela
Today more than ever before, lay persons are being asked to share in the catechetical ministry of the Catholic Church by serving as catechetical leaders, catechists, and religious education board members. This handbook is designed to provide catechetical leaders and others involved in parish religious education with essential information about civil law and its impact on church institutions and programs. Part 1 covers issues related to catechists' professional roles, including religious education and the U.S. Constitution, legal responsibility, copyright law, child abuse, sexual harassment, and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Issues related to direct contact with students are highlighted in part 2, including student rights, search and seizure, student activities, confidential information, defamation of character, and catechist-student relationships. Basic administrative issues--handbook development, boards of religious education, contracts, documentation of staff behaviors, and administrative liability insurance--are covered in the third part. Part 4 offers practical suggestions for holding inservice sessions with catechists, staff, and board members. (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Boards of Education, Catholic Schools, Compliance (Legal), Confidentiality, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Court Litigation, Federal Legislation, Legal Responsibility, Personnel Policy, Private Education, Religious Education, Search and Seizure, Student Rights
National Catholic Educational Association, 1077 30th Street, N.W., Suite 100, Washington, DC 20007 ($12 members; $16 nonmembers).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, DC.