The promise and the peril of Catholic education in the U.S. may well hinge on questions related to schools becoming "Centers for the New Evangelization":
- Will Catholic schools continue to help students and families foster a personal relationship with Jesus in and through the Church, or will they merely strive for worldly goals and measure their successes by SATs rather than Saints?
- Will Catholic schools manage to transform almighty athletics into a virtue-based and character-building dimension of the educational experience (Christ-centered, even?), or will they blindly adopt the sports-olatry of these obsessive times?
- Will Catholic schools continue to explore new funding models and sources to make their counter-cultural alternative accessible to families of all socio-economic backgrounds, or will they quietly become elite private academies?
- Will Catholic schools serve the mission of the Church by finding new ways to convey a Catholic world view in an aggressively secular context, or will they merely mirror the values and mores of the prevailing culture--blindly separating reason from revelation, knowledge from faith, mind from heart, science from religion?