Catholic Higher Education: A Culture in Crisis by Melanie M. Morey

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By Melanie M. Morey

This booklet is an unusally thorough examine of Catholic larger schooling. A examine that are supposed to be required examining of all educators and particularly the management of the Newman Society.

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In fact, I can’t even be civil to them anymore. They’re constantly assailing our commitment to our Catholic identity, and they’re clueless about it. To them, Catholic identity is one issue or two issues, abortion, one or two other issues and that’s all they can see. They’re blind. The Actors Culture may seem like it is part of the atmosphere, but it is created and sustained by the action and interaction of human beings and cannot be transmitted without them. Some actors are cultural citizens, who live and process the culture.

They are also the group that promotes the new activities that lead the culture in a different direction, which may or may not be consistent with its past. Cultural stability, on the other hand, is dependent on a different group of actors, the cultural citizens. Cultural citizens are principled and high-minded actors, motivated and inspired by the beliefs, norms, stories, and rituals. These actors make almost daily decisions to do things in ways that reinforce the existing culture. In Catholic colleges and universities, the Catholic cultural catalysts might include a significant dean, the president, a key department chair, an influential member of the religious order that sponsors the institution, or a dynamic and persuasive faculty member.

Sometimes we have moments when things come together and are clear and coherent and we fully understand what we are about and why it is important—the blessing part. Could you describe a time when you most fully appreciated the blessing part of introduction 17 your work here? Likewise, our experiences can be very difficult—the curse part. Can you describe a time when you felt most discouraged, pessimistic, or conflicted about leadership in the area of Catholic character, culture, and mission? 4. Imagine that you get to pick the next president of a Catholic institution similar to yours, but located in a different city.

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