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Beyond Obedience and Abandonment: Toward a Theory of Dissent by Graham P. McDonough

By Graham P. McDonough

Catholic colleges have completed educational, social, and non secular successes, yet have additionally struggled with moving twenty-first century social values. faced with matters resembling the right kind therapy of non-heterosexual scholars, disagreements over the ordination of ladies, and assertions that faculties should not accurately instructing doctrine, Catholic colleges are likely to take heed to issues after which resume validated institutional courses. In past Obedience and Abandonment, Graham McDonough proposes that Catholic faculties embody dissent as a strong chance for rediscovery within the Church. construction a case for efficient dissent, McDonough offers a nuanced research of latest Catholic schooling. He considers the ways that the tested physique of theology, heritage, and curriculum concept helps trustworthy confrontation in the culture of non secular education and descriptions new views for overcoming doctrinal frustrations and administrative stumbling blocks. past Obedience and Abandonment is a well-reasoned and interesting paintings that illustrates the restrictions of present practices and proposes new designs that may let larger dissent and fuller participation in Catholic education.

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For example, in addition to providing what might be considered a basic informative overview of Church doctrine on matters such as abortion, schools and the profession of teaching also have a responsibility to provide students with opportunities to think critically about such matters. 17 This leads to point (2). In cases where students do not agree with the Magisterium, there is an educational opportunity to examine the language of Canon Law and its supporting documents, the reasons within these documents, and the claims which provide the warrants for those arguments (including all the way down to claims that the pope and bishops, as successors of the apostles, are authentic teachers in the Church).

For the present purpose of describing a disposition, however, I wish to suspend temporarily the assent-dissent question because the forthcoming chapters will propose a much more nuanced presentation of dissent as a kind of loyalty to the group or organization, and use that presentation to sustain the argument in this book. Instead, I would like to focus on the emphasis that hope receives in the treatment of religion and religious education. The Catholic concept of hope and its relationship to faith speaks directly to the spirit of this work.

Second, the application of the Catholic understanding of community says something about the way in which a Catholic school is organized and the atmosphere in which a Catholic education takes place. 27 Any school, Catholic or not, is a community of persons-in-relation to some degree. ”28 A second glance at that statement finds that it is sufficiently “thin” to apply equally to secular or non-Catholic religious schools, if the reader did not have any prior expectation that it should be descriptive of a Catholic institution.

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