This article was contributed by Hosffman Ospino, Ph.D. and Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill, Ph.D. for the winter 2017 edition of Momentum. The article is titled, Catholic Schools in an Increasingly Hispanic Church: Musing Inspired in a Recent National Study.
What would you say is the most remarkable achievement in the American Catholic experience to this day? Among the most likely answers to top the list, some would say, is the ability to welcome and integrate Catholics from many cultures. Others would say, the incorporation of key elements of the American social experiment while remaining faithful to its religious identity. Still others would point to the success and significant influence of Catholics in a society where Catholicism still remains a minority religious tradition (about 24% of the entire population). We would like to suggest as a response: Catholic education in all of its expressions, but more specifically Catholic schools.