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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The landscape of Catholic education and of religion in general has changed dramatically in the 50 years since the promulgation of G ravissimum Educationis Declaration on Christian Education. With the decline in standards in so many schools in our time, this understanding that the parents, after all, grwvissimum really the responsible teachers, did not come along any too soon. Kevin added it Jun 07, Deborah Mike marked it as to-read Feb 27, Coordination to be Fostered in Scholastic Matters Cooperation is the order of the day.

Encyclicals and Discourses of Paul VIvol. Discourses, Messages and Conversations1, Rome,pp. At a time when by pretty general agreement many schools have become so bad, the home schooling movement has arisen out of the concerns of knowledgeable and responsible parents, who rightly wish more for their children educatuonis many schools today are providing. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

A Christian worldview is no longer the consensus that informs our culture. For a true education aims at the formation of the human person in the pursuit of his ultimate end and of the good of the societies of which, as man, he is a member, and in whose obligations, as an adult, he will share. 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.

It increases more and more to supply the demand on a diocesan, national and international level. Therefore, though primary and secondary schools, gravissumum foundation of education, must still be fostered, great importance is to be attached to those which are required in a particular way by contemporary conditions, such as: This Sacred Council of the Church earnestly entreats pastors and all gravkssimum faithful to spare no sacrifice in helping Catholic schools fulfill their function in a continually more perfect way, and especially in caring for the needs of those who are poor in the goods of this world or who are deprived of the assistance and affection of a family or who are strangers to the gift of Faith.

Becoming graviissimum Christian, as St. Documents of the Second Vatican Council.

A Christian education does not merely strive for the maturing of a human person as just now described, but has as its principal purpose this goal: Here, too, they find their first experience of a wholesome human society and of the Church. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The rights of men to an education, particularly the primary rights of children and parents, are being proclaimed and recognized in public documents.


But let teachers recognize that the Catholic school depends upon them almost entirely for the accomplishment of its goals and programs. 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, of course, is not possible in America today, where Catholic parents must pay separately for Catholic schools for their children even while they continue to support the public schools with their taxes. 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 level, 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.

To fulfill the mandate she has received from her divine founder of proclaiming the mystery of salvation to all men and of restoring all things in Christ, Holy Mother the Church must be concerned with the whole of man’s life, even the secular part of it insofar as it has a bearing on his heavenly calling. Discourses and Radio Message s, vol.

The home schooling movement in North America has grown a lot. It is particularly in the Christian family, enriched by the grace and office of the sacrament of matrimony, that children should be taught from their early years to have a knowledge of God according to the faith received in Baptism, to worship Him, and to love their neighbor.

Thus there is accomplished a public, enduring and pervasive influence of the Christian mind in the furtherance of culture and the students of these institutions are molded into men truly outstanding in their training, ready to undertake weighty responsibilities in society and witness to the faith in the world.

We ask that charity guide your words. The family which has the primary duty of imparting education needs help of the whole community. And the council calls to mind that the exercise of a right of this kind contributes in the highest degree to the protection of freedom of conscience, the rights of parents, as well as to the betterment of culture itself.


This means more than just preaching the Gospel from a soapbox or making children memorize the Baltimore Catechism. Only after establishing this primary responsibility of the parents in education does the document go on to speak of the responsibilities of the school, society, the state and even the Church for education. Steve Sherman rated it it was amazing Dec 19, Abbie rated it it was amazing Jul 15, The sacred synod earnestly entreats young people themselves to become aware of the importance of the work of education and to prepare themselves to take it up, especially where because of a shortage of teachers the education of youth is in jeopardy.

The Council also reminds Catholic parents of the duty of entrusting their children to Catholic schools wherever and whenever it is possible and of supporting these schools to the best of their ability and of cooperating with them for the education of their children. Pius XI’s motu proprio. Provincial Council of Westminster I, a.

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Gravissimum Educationis: Declaration on Christian Education

The Church expects much from the zealous endeavors of the faculties of the sacred sciences. Through the associations of parents in particular they should further with their assistance all the work of the school but especially the moral education it must impart. The influence of the Church in the field of education is shown in a special manner by the Catholic school. In those schools dependent on her she intends that by their very constitution individual subjects be pursued according to their own principles, method, and liberty of scientific inquiry, in such a way that an ever deeper understanding in these fields may be obtained and that, as questions that are new and current are raised and investigations carefully made according to the example of the doctors of the Church and especially of St.