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ERIC Number: EJ1131179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1942-2539
The Catholic School, Controversial Issues and the Laity: A Canadian Research Study
McDonough, Graham
International Studies in Catholic Education, v7 n2 p162-177 2015
Catholic schools have an important role in helping cultivate the future adult laity, especially given the continuing numerical decline and ageing of clergy and vowed religious persons. As there is demonstrable plurality among the laity on some issues that are controversial within the Church, however, and receiving and responding to controversy is an inherent feature of participation and leadership in the Church, it stands that the way in which Catholic schools frame the discussion of controversial issues will have some influence upon the way in which today's students imagine their future participation as adults in the Church. This paper demonstrates how Catholic students in a private Catholic high school perceive its role in discussing issues such as contraception, same-sex marriage, and abortion. The findings reveal a variety of perspectives on what students think a Catholic school should emphasise, and the discussion explores their implications for Catholic educational theory and practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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