By T. O'Donoghue
O'Donoghue's e-book, that's written as a conventional old narrative, whereas additionally using a comparative process, is anxious with the lifetime of Catholic spiritual educating brothers around the English-speaking global, particularly for the interval 1891 to 1965, which was once the heyday of the non secular orders.
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Again, this was seen not only as doing God’s 42 CATHOLIC TEACHING BROTHERS will on earth, but also as the taking of an additional step to try to ensure one’s own salvation. 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.
This put pressure on the church to reach a more favorable accommodation with the state in order to start appointing and paying large numbers of lay teachers. The eventual outcome was the 1975 “Integration Act,” which was well received by the church. It laid out conditions under which a school could be admitted to the state system of education, while maintaining the right to give effect to its traditions and beliefs, including the teaching of religion. 71 This accommodation took place at the very time the religious orders’ presence in the schools, including that of teaching brothers, began to seriously decline.
For their part, the schools operated a state-prescribed timetable and curriculum, and religious instruction was permitted as a school subject. This situation continued in postindependent Ireland. From the passing of the Intermediate Education (Ireland) Act of 1878, through to independence in 1922, direct government influence in secondary school education was kept to a minimum, primarily because of the opposition of the Catholic Church. 56 The State Department of Education inspected 26 CATHOLIC TEACHING BROTHERS schools and exercised a certain degree of supervision through its powers to sanction grants to secondary schools based on the inspection, but it was not concerned with founding secondary schools, or financing their building.