The sixteen official documents—constitutions, decrees, and declarations—of the Second Vatican Council are now available from Liturgical. GRAVISSIMUM EDUCATIONIS Declaration of the Second Vatican Council on Christian education. The focus of this declaration is mainly threefold. It tells all. Study and Discussion Guide. Gravissimum Educationis. The Declaration on Christian Education. Vatican Council II. Promulgated by Pope Paul VI. October 28 .

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Since, therefore, the Catholic school can be such an aid to the garvissimum of the mission of the People of God and to the fostering of the dialogue between the Church and mankind, to the benefit of both, it retains even in our present circumstances the utmost importance. The rights of men to an education, particularly the primary rights of children and parents, are being proclaimed and recognized in public documents.

Since all Christians have become by vravissimum of water and the Holy Spirit a new creature 8 so that they should be called and should be children of God, they have a right to a Christian education. With the decline in standards in so many schools in our time, this understanding that the parents, after all, are really the responsible teachers, did not come along any too soon. In addition it is the task of the state to see to it that all citizens are able to come to a suitable share in culture and are properly prepared to exercise their civic duties and rights.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The home schooling movement in North America has grown a lot. Be the first to ask a question about Gravissimum Educationis.

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Inthere were 1. Inroughly half of Catholic school-age children in the United States attended Catholic parochial schools. This is possible by the witness of the lives of those who teach and direct them, by the apostolic action of their fellow-students, 23 but especially by the ministry of priests and laymen who give them the doctrine of salvation in a way suited to their age and circumstances and provide spiritual aid in every way the times and conditions allow.

This vocation demands special qualities of mind and heart, very careful preparation, and continuing readiness to renew and to adapt. Parents who have the primary and inalienable right and duty to educate their children must enjoy true liberty in their choice of schools.

Gravissimum Educationis (Declaration on Christian Education)

Catholic schools offer a unique means to rebuild a Catholic vision of reality. Books by Second Vatican Council.


Discourses and Radio Messages14, pp. Discourses, Messages, Conversations1, Rome, pp. The Grsvissimum is concerned also with schools of a higher level, especially colleges and universities. Paperback21 pages.

This is one of the reasons the Church built such magnificent churches during the Renaissance. This same sacred synod, while professing its gratitude to priests, Religious men and women, and the laity who by their evangelical self-dedication are devoted to the noble work of education and of schools of every type and educatiionis, exhorts them to persevere generously in the work they have undertaken and, imbuing their students with the spirit of Christ, to strive to excel in pedagogy and the pursuit of knowledge in such a way that they not merely advance the internal renewal of the Church but preserve and enhance its beneficent influence upon today’s world, especially the intellectual world.

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Here, too, they find their first experience of a wholesome human society and of the Church. Allocution to fathers of French families, Sept. We ask that charity guide your words. The family which has the primary duty of imparting education needs help of the whole community.

The sacred synod heartily recommends that Catholic colleges and universities be conveniently located in different parts of the world, but in such a way that they are outstanding not for their numbers edudationis for their pursuit of knowledge.

Lists with This Book. Hence this sacred synod declares certain fundamental principles of Christian education especially in schools. Paul put it, means putting off the old self and putting on Christ Romans 8: What is the prospect for Catholic higher education?

Matriculation should be readily available to students of real promise, even though they be of slender means, especially to students from the newly emerging nations. We won’t publish comments that lack charity, are off topic, or are more than words. Moreover they should be so trained to take their part in social life that properly instructed in the necessary and opportune skills they can become actively involved in various community organizations, open to discourse with others and willing to do their best to promote the common good.

This means more than just preaching the Gospel from a soapbox or making children memorize the Baltimore Catechism. L’Osservatore RomanoOct. Foremost among these is catechetical instruction, 16 which enlightens and strengthens the faith, nourishes life according to the spirit of Christ, leads to intelligent and active participation in the liturgical mystery 17 and gives motivation for apostolic activity.


Consequently it earnestly entreats all those who hold a position of public authority or who are in charge of education to see to it that youth is never deprived of this sacred right.

This focus on human dignity, in keeping with an important priority of Vatican II generally, as it has been of the pontificate of Educatiohis John Paul II, emphasizes that every human person has a right to education, just as every Christian has a right to a Christian education. The Authors of Education Since parents have given children their life, they are bound by the most serious obligation to educate their offspring and therefore must be recognized as the primary and principal educators.

Collatio LacensisIII, col. Above all are to be consulted the Acts and Documents of the Second Vatican Council appearing in the first series of the ante-preparatrory phase.

Discourses and Radio Messages14, p. Therefore in every university let the various faculties work mutually to this end, insofar as their goal will permit. Patricia Rosales marked it as to-read Aug 12, The Sacred Ecumenical Council has considered with care how extremely important gravissimm is in the life of man and how its influence ever grows in the social progress of this age.

Catholic schools are perhaps more important today for the enterprise of Catholic education than they were 50 years ago. No less than other schools does the Catholic school pursue cultural goals and the human formation of youth. The problem of loss of Catholic identity in Catholic higher education is really not a problem of education at all, but rather of a practical abandonment of the principles of the Catholic faith.

In North America, many of the so-called Catholic universities and grabissimum have lost much of their religious identity. The Importance of Schools Among all educational instruments the school has a special importance.

Gravissimum Educationis: Declaration on Christian Education

But it must always keep in mind the principle of subsidiarity so that there is no kind of school monopoly, for this is opposed to the native rights of the human person, to the development and spread edufationis culture, to the peaceful association of citizens and to the pluralism that exists today in ever so many societies. And the pool of potential students may also be shrinking. Documents of the Second Vatican Council.