Information on Diocesan Canonical Inspection (formerly known as Section 48 Inspection)
All people by virtue of their dignity as human persons have the right to education, that is the right to achieve their potential in life. Those who are baptised members of the Church have a right to a Christian education. (cf. Gravissimum Educationis 1, 2).
Catholic schools, as part of the mission of the Church, are challenged by the Gospel to affirm their pupils' basic goodness, to promote their dignity and to develop their gifts to the full. Schools are challenged to educate people to live responsibly for the fullness of life that God wills for each of us.
As works of the apostolate, all Catholic schools are subject to the jurisdiction of the diocesan bishop, even those that are not in diocesan trusteeship. Canon 806§1 states that the diocesan bishop has the right of supervision, visitation and inspection of Catholic schools in his diocese, even those established or directed by members of religious orders. He also has the right to issue directives concerning the general regulation of Catholic schools.
Diocesan canonical inspections enable the Church to assess systematically the work of Catholic schools. They also provide an opportunity to support, challenge, evaluate and promote this vital work in the mission of the Church.