By T. O'Donoghue
O'Donoghue's publication, that is written as a conventional old narrative, whereas additionally using a comparative procedure, is anxious with the lifetime of Catholic spiritual educating brothers around the English-speaking global, specifically for the interval 1891 to 1965, which was once the heyday of the spiritual orders.
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Pressure from them resulted in grants being paid to religious societies to assist in payment of teachers’ salaries and the cost of school buildings. 62 By now, financial aid to denominational schools had been abolished in each of the colonies. Catholic education was particularly badly hit by the associated acts,63 and it was not until the 1950s and 1960s that Catholic schools once again began to benefit from even a small amount of government financial assistance. 64 Soon the great majority of Catholic schools obtained 80 percent of their costs from the Australian state, or federal, governments, and also were able to apply for capital grants for refurbishing, or extending, schools.
51 Indeed, as Buchanan has put it, “the religious orders played a disproportionately large role in all areas of Catholic life”52 in England and Wales. Following trends throughout the English-speaking world, however, their presence in the schools began to seriously wane from the late 1960s. 53 This decline continued; by the middle of the 1990s, the religious orders provided only 1 percent of the teachers in Catholic primary schools and less than 1 percent within the secondary school sector. 54 Over the centuries, Catholicism in Ireland remained stronger than it did in England, being the church of the majority despite being subjected to constant threat from outside forces.
60 Overall, the decline in the number of brothers in the country was even more noticeable; in 1970 there were 2,540 brothers, but by 1995 this number was down to 1,479. This situation reflected an overall waning of the power of the Catholic Church in Ireland. The lack of members of religious orders had forced the withdrawal of the religious from many of the institutions they had established and a retreat to merely a token presence in others. To all, it was becoming apparent that the religious, who for so long had had such a high profile in Irish schools, were rapidly fading from the scene.