The price of faith : the Catholic church and Catholic schools in Northern Ireland.
This thesis examines three major themes of Catholic education
in Northern Ireland. Firstly, the thesis analyses the Catholic
authorities' efforts to maintain clerical control of Catholic
schools in Northern Ireland from 1921 to the Education (Northern
Ireland) Order of October 1993, concentrating upon the events
surrounding the major education laws of 1923,1925,1930,1947 and
1968, and the Orders - in - Council of 1989 and 1993. The thesis
also estimates the financial and educational price paid by Northern
Ireland's Catholics to maintain a network of autonomous
Secondly, the thesis assesses the impact of the 'Gaelic'
features of Catholic schools upon education policy, to determine
whether national issues influenced the decisions of either the
Catholic authorities or the devolved government.
Thirdly, the thesis studies the Catholic authorities' response
to the success of the campaign in recent decades for integrated
schools, educating Catholic and Protestant children in 'shared
The thesis relies upon five major sources; the records
contained in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, the
Catholic Church's archives for the Down and Connor diocese, the
debates of the Northern Ireland and United Kingdom Parliaments, the
newspapers reports of the Irish News and the Belfast Telegraph, and
the Ministry of Education's Annual Reports