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The conference held at the Paris offices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was organized by the Congregation for Catholic Education to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II Declaration on Christian Education, Gravissimum Educationis, and the 25th anniversary of the Apostolic Constitution on Catholic Universities, Ex corde Ecclesiae. In November, the Vatican will again celebrate the documents with a World Congress in Rome.
The Diocese of Cleveland is the latest to take the crucial step of securing the Catholic identity of its high schools by defining faculty as “Teacher-Ministers” and adding more detailed language in teacher contracts.
The Diocese’s spokesman told The Cardinal Newman Society that such steps are not intended to burden teachers, but instead serve to build up the schools’ mission by fully conveying the Catholic faith.
The revised language, “while not adding any new requirements or creating any new burdens on our teachers, spells out clearly the most prominent areas in which the Church’s teachings often conflict with views that have gained a significant level of acceptance in our current secular society,” spokesman Robert Tayek told the Newman Society.
The language was included in the contracts “to more accurately reflect the role of the educator in the faith formation of the students in our schools,” Tayek explained.
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