Cross- Curriculum Priorities in the
Australian Curriculum
Catholic Social Teaching
Fr Ronald Rolheiser
“Technology is making us the most
communicative people ever, and the
most efficient, but I think it’s severely
impacting our interiority. … The problem
is the lack of time to cultivate an inner
life.”
Australian Education Ministers
• Global integration and international mobility
• Growth of Asian nations and their influence
• Complex environmental, social and economic
pressures extending beyond national borders
• Schooling contributes to a socially cohesive
society that respects and appreciates cultural,
social and religious diversity
• All young Australians become active and
informed citizens
The Australian Curriculum
The Australian Curriculum must be both relevant to the
lives of students and address the contemporary issues
they face. It must enable young Australians to:
• engage effectively with and prosper in a globalised
world
• be better equipped to make sense of the world in which
they live
• make an important contribution to building the social,
intellectual and creative capital of our nation.
Catholic Education:
A voice with a particular
accent
“From the first moment that a student sets
foot in a Catholic school, he or she ought
to have the impression of entering a new
environment ... having its own unique
characteristics.”
The Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School ,1988, n.25
Catholic Education
Imbued with a Catholic worldview throughout
its curriculum:
• Catholic Christian story and tradition
• Love for wisdom and passion for truth
• Faith, culture and life
`The Holy See’s Teaching on Catholic Schools, 2006
Catholic Education
Foundational values include:
• Our Catholic Christian tradition - we are a pilgrim
people, journeying together, our story is never fully
written, so our plans are never fully realised; we are
constantly drawing upon our tradition and being called
into new ways of growing and renewing ourselves as
church
• Search for truth - Critical judgement in different areas
of learning is underpinned by a search for truth
• Stewardship - education should view individuals as
moral beings, accountable for their decisions and
responsible for their actions, with an ability to seek
what is true and to do what is right.
Strategic Renewal Framework, 2012 - 2016
Catholic Education:
Reading the Signs of the Times
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Critical interpretation of culture:
Not enough to hand on Catholic cultural meanings
Critical appraisal of cultural meanings is part of becoming wise; a
prerequisite for making judgements and considering possible
social action
Young people may feel that Catholicism has little relevance to life
and quietly ignore it unless they sense that something serious is
being said about issues in personal, social and political life
(Graham Rossiter)
The religious wisdom of Christianity needs to be effectively
drawn into the educational context. Students need to engage in a
process of reflection about the world in which they live and how
it operates in the light of Catholic teachings about social justice
and mission (Therese D’Orsa)
Catholic Education:
Reading the Signs of the Times
Cultural Agency:
• Critical interpretation is a starting point for cultural agency
• Encourage and skill young people to go beyond being
passive consumers of culture and to become active
constructors of culture
“Develop your culture with wisdom … faith will ask culture
what values it promotes, what destiny it offers to life, what
place it makes for the poor and the disinherited, how it
conceives of sharing, forgiveness and love.” (Pope John Paul II,
1984)
Catholic Education:
Speak out and use my voice
… with a particular accent
Catholic Education: an accent that
‘starts afresh from Christ’
• Jesus was very much alive to his own culture and
sought to transform and renew his society and
culture.
• “At the heart of the Catholic curriculum lies not a
set of values but the message, witness, mission and
person of Jesus and what he calls people to be and
do. … At the heart is societal and cultural
transformation.” (Dr Therese D’ Orsa)
• The Gospel or Good News of Jesus Christ requires all
those who believe in it to work towards a radical
transformation of the world.
Catholic Social Teaching
• a collection of teachings on key themes that has evolved in
response to the challenges of the day
• grounded in the values and principles of Judeo-Christian
religious experience, which are reflected in the Christian
scriptures and the Church's lived tradition
• evolved as each generation has attempted to live in society
with reflective fidelity to those values and that religious vision;
a living tradition of thought and action
• calls all members of the Church to work to eliminate the
occurrence and effect of poverty, to speak out against injustice
and to shape a more just society and more sustainable and
peaceful world
“Challenged by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Catholic school
seeks to be faithful to a biblical understanding of justice and the
rich tradition of Church social teaching.”
(Justice Education Policy, Archdiocese of Brisbane, Catholic Education Council, July 2012)
Catholic Social Teaching
Rerum Novarum (On the Condition of Labour), Pope Leo XIII, 1891
Quadragesimo Anno (After Forty Years), Pope Pius XI, 1931
Mater et Magistra (Mother and Teacher), Pope John XXIII, 1961
Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth), Pope John XXIII, 1963
Gaudium et Spes (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the
Modern World), Vatican Council II, 1965
Populorum Progressio (On the Development of Peoples), Pope Paul
VI, 1967
Octogesima Adveniens (A Call to Action), Pope Paul VI, 1971
Justicia in Mundo (Justice in the World), Synod of Bishops, 1971
Laborem Exercens (On Human Work), Pope John Paul II, 1981
Solicitudo Rei Socialis (On Social Concern), Pope John Paul II, 1987
Centesimus Annus (The Hundredth Year), Pope John Paul II, 1991
Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love), Pope Benedict XVI, 2005
Caritas in Veritate (Love in Truth), Pope Benedict XVI, 2009
Catholic Social Teaching:
The Principles
Mix n Match
Two sets of cards:
• Principles of Catholic social teaching
• Quotes from Catholic social teaching
documents
Catholic Social Teaching:
Major themes
Relationship Web
Using Bubbl.us Web Tool
• Visually represent any relationships
that exist among the principles of
Catholic social teaching
Catholic Social Teaching:
Major themes
Three major themes run through Scripture and Catholic
social teaching.
A core theme is that each human person is made in the
image and likeness of God and thus has an inalienable
human dignity and worth. Derived from this core theme
are two further themes. These are the rights and duties
that are proper to human persons and the freedom and
responsibility that underpin these rights and duties. In
more recent times there is growing awareness of the
application of these three themes to both human persons
and the whole of God’s creation.”
(Guidelines for the religious life of the school, 2008, p.38)
Reading the Signs of the Times:
SEE … JUDGE … ACT
A way of reading and responding to the signs of the times:
“There are three stages which should normally be followed in the
reduction of social principles into practice. First, one reviews the
concrete situation; secondly, one forms a judgment on it in the
light of these same principles; thirdly, one decides what in the
circumstances can and should be done to implement these
principles. These are the three stages that are usually expressed in
the three terms: look, judge, act. It is important for our young
people to grasp this method and to practise it. Knowledge acquired
in this way does not remain merely abstract, but is seen as
something that must be translated into action.”
(Blessed Pope John XXIII, Mother and Teacher, 1961, nn.236, 237)
Reading the Signs of the Times
“Admitting out racism problem is the first step
to a solution”
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SEE
What is happening that concerns you?
What are the people in this situation doing, feeling and saying?
What is happening to them? How do you/they respond?
2. JUDGE
• What does Catholic social teaching say about this situation?
• What key principles from Catholic social teaching apply to this
situation?
3. ACT
• What plan or action could be carried out to transform the social
structures contributing to this situation?
Reading the Signs of the Times
“Facebook urged to dump racial hate page”
1.
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SEE
What is happening that concerns you?
What are the people in this situation doing, feeling and saying?
What is happening to them? How do you/they respond?
2. JUDGE
• What does Catholic social teaching say about this situation?
• What key principles from Catholic social teaching apply to this
situation?
3. ACT
• What plan or action could be carried out to transform the social
structures contributing to this situation?
Reading the Signs of the Times
“Climate change may create new wave of
asylum seekers”
1.
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SEE
What is happening that concerns you?
What are the people in this situation doing, feeling and saying?
What is happening to them? How do you/they respond?
2. JUDGE
• What does Catholic social teaching say about this situation?
• What key principles from Catholic social teaching apply to this
situation?
3. ACT
• What plan or action could be carried out to transform the social
structures contributing to this situation?
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