Australia’s Catholic schools may relegate priests to ceremonial duties

Australia’s Catholic schools may relegate priests to ceremonial duties

From Cardinal Newman Society Report Card, February 27, 2018

In a troubling move, some Catholic primary schools in Australia are considering removing priests from their positions as heads of school, according to an Australian newspaper.

Victorian Association of Catholic Primary School Principals released a report commissioned by the principals’ association that recommended an overhaul of school governance.

President of the association and Warrnambool’s St Joseph’s Primary School principal Michael Gray said parish priests do not always have the training or time to perform a management role within primary schools, including hiring.

“Parish priests have a commitment to pastoral care…. that’s a big role and very time consuming,” he said, while pushing to have priests perform more of a ceremonial role for special celebrations and school events. Here’s the takeaway line from the story:

“Mr. Gray said under the reform plan, Catholic identity and faith-based learning in schools would not change, but priests would take on more of a ceremonial role for special celebrations and school events.”

Demoting priests to “ceremonial” positions in Catholic schools is a disturbing idea and would almost certainly lead to a watering down of the schools’ Catholic identity over time.

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