England: Vatican II and Catholic Education

Stuart-Buttle, Ros (2016) England: Vatican II and Catholic Education. In: Vatican II and New Thinking about Catholic Education. Routledge, pp. 82-95. ISBN 9781472488633

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Abstract

This chapter takes up two key theological themes that emerged from the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) and considers their continuing significance in relation to the contemporary situation shaping Catholic education, with particular reference to schools in England. Much has been written about the nature and purpose of Catholic schooling and concerns over future vision and viability invite attention alongside questions about how to maintain religious identity and mission. At a time of ongoing change in government and educational policy and a socio-cultural context where the Christian gospel and the distinctive purpose and values of Catholic education are threatened, new thinking about Catholic education remains a priority. In drawing upon two themes from the Council - the re-animation of Christian thinking to the modern world and the recognition of the lay People of God in their active and responsible role in the mission of the Church - the chapter reflects the spirit of the Council and the realisation that education is needed not just to renew the Church but to be its effective presence in the world. In particular, theological formation for lay professionals is highlighted as a pressing need if schools are to continue in their Catholic role, ethos and mission.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Theology, Philosophy and Religion
Depositing User: Ros Stuart-Buttle
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2017 12:18
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2017 12:18
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1933

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