Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School: December 11, 2017

Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School: December 11, 2017

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Sacred Congregation for Education, 1988

Link to the document Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School

John Galvan, the dynamic and thoughtful Director of Schools in the Diocese of San Diego, joins the podcast to discuss this important Vatican document and explore the ways Church teachings are evolving.


The Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School: Sacred Congregation for Education (Vatican, 1988)

  • Reading Questions:
    • 1: What are the four distinguishing characteristics of Catholic education?
    • 6: The number of non-Catholics in Catholic schools is rising.  Does that mean we should change our education?
    • 9: The authors say that students struggle with truth.  How?  Why?
    • 24: what is a Christian school climate?
    • 26: what is the foundation of the Christian school climate?
    • 28-29: What do the authors argue about the physical space and the facility?
    • 31: The authors identify the change in paradigm of Catholic schools?  What is it?
    • 42-43: Whose responsibility is it to remind parents that they are the primary educators?
    • 63: What is the ultimate goal of student formation?
    • 89: What are the basic elements of a Christian social ethic?
    • 93: What is the value of the Sacrament of Reconciliation?
    • 96: What is tied to the effectiveness of a religion teacher?


  • Discussion Questions:
    • 5: The authors say that different regions have different needs.  What is your unique about your school?
    • 10-13: The authors list “radical instability” and “an environment devoid of truly human relationships.”  What is the challenge facing teachers?
    • 25: The authors discuss the “Gospel spirit of love and freedom.”  What does that mean?
    • 31: How does your school function as a community?
    • 34: How does your school bring together faith, culture, and life?
    • 47: Competition is not the favored paradigm for schools.  What is the favorite?  How would that change your approach?
    • 69: What’s the difference between religious instruction and catechesis?
    • 74+: How would this “outline” change religious instruction at your school?
    • 112: What makes a Catholic school truly authentic?


  • Reflection Questions:
    • Is your school built on strong relationships?  Can you identify any in need of healing?
    • Looking at the Educational Goals in 100, how would that change your school’s outlook?
    • 51: What are the contact points between culture and religion in your life?
    • List 3-4 quotes that you could pull out from this document to use in your own communication.

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