28 January 2011

Review Publishes Results of Archbishop Carlson's Schools Survey

The full article is here. The results are a little confusing to me, in part because some of the answers are very similar to others within the same category, and more so because the percentages for each answer aren't listed, only the rank (at least in the online version).

The Archdiocese plans an announcement with regard to the Alive in Christ plan on March 24.

I think it is a good idea to get feedback from the faithful. In the end, though, Catholics are looking to their Shepherd to lead the way in regaining vibrantly Catholic, Catholic schools.

Pray for the Archbishop in this difficult project.


Anonymous said...

"In the end, though, Catholics are looking to their Shepherd to lead the way in regaining vibrantly Catholic, Catholic schools." Are you serious? Maybe you and your four readers have such expectations, but all the rest of us have long since taken matters into our own hands. U.S. bishops have made themselves as superfluous as the English monarchy.

Anonymous said...

Be aware that the article provides a sanitized version of the responses. I was one of several people who wrote in response to question 1 (strengthening Catholic identity) that this would be aided by the increased presence of Sisters in habit in the classrooms. The fact that this suggestion does not appear on the published list invites several intepretations.

thetimman said...

First anon, certainly many have taken matters into their own hands, but there are lots of Catholics with children in these schools (or who would like to send their children to them) and they deserve the faith just like any other student. Good schools for them benefits everyone, and so I would avoid too much of the bunker mentality. Yes, there is cause for cynicism, but we can't just quit.

Second anon,

Yes, but the reason may not be sinister-- it may be, but need not be.

Jen said...

I'm really thrilled that he is trying to improve the catholic identity of the schools. I certainly plan to homeschool, but that is still not an option in many families, and the lack of good catechesis in the faith is the biggest problem these days. Had my parent's generation and theirs prior really known and understood the faith, our catholic culture would be radically different. Parents have the biggest influence, but schools are a strong second and need to be authentic.