Catholic Teaching Brothers: Their Life in the by T. O'Donoghue

By T. O'Donoghue

O'Donoghue's ebook, that's written as a standard old narrative, whereas additionally using a comparative procedure, is worried with the lifetime of Catholic spiritual instructing brothers around the English-speaking international, in particular for the interval 1891 to 1965, which was once the heyday of the non secular orders.

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Soon, however, Catholic schools had to be self-financing and had to be staffed largely by members of the religious orders. This situation was brought about as a result of the passing of the Education Act of 1877, which made primary schooling compulsory for all children and set up a school system that would be free and secular. Most of the population accepted the arrangement, but some, most notably the Catholics, did not. Over the next 100 years, the Catholic Church in New Zealand was very much an Irish church69 as the number of Irish immigrants had soared in the 1860s, largely as a result of the discovery of gold in the Otago region.

Living in community, with its associated symbols and practices, provided the binding force that kept the committed to their life of prayer and labor. Throughout most of the period under consideration, however, the situation was articulated in more spiritual terms in the various rules and constitutions of the religious orders. For example, the constitutions of the Canadian order, the Congregation of the Religious Hospitallers of St. ”11 While the wording varied a little from order to order, the emphases were largely the same.

When the Marist Brothers opened schools in Glasgow, Scotland, in the 1860s, they also conducted night classes to give secular and religious instruction to working males. O’Hagan notes that because there was a wide variety of ability between the adolescent and adult pupils, and because many were ashamed of exhibiting a lack of knowledge, the brothers had to be somewhat imaginative in their approach. 73 Terence Maguire, the local bishop of Townsville and Australia’s first native-born prelate, interpreted the emphasis at the time in Catholic social teaching on the 30 CATHOLIC TEACHING BROTHERS decentralization of political power as implying that he should become involved in the development of rural society.

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