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Education Philosophy & Social Aspects

Catholic Education in the Wake of Vatican II

edited by Rosa Bruno-Jofré & Jon Igelmo Zaldivar

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2017
Philosophy & Social Aspects, General, Religion, Politics & State
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The Second Vatican Council (Vatican II), called by Pope John XXIII in 1959, produced sixteen documents that outlined the Church’s attempts to meet increasing calls for modernization in the wake of  social and cultural changes that were taking place in the twentieth century.


Catholic Education in the Wake of Vatican II is the first work dedicated to the effects of the Second Vatican Council on catholic education in various national and cultural contexts. These original pieces, grounded in archival research, explore the social, political, and economic repercussions of Catholic educational changes in Canada, Europe, and South America. The volume provides insightful analysis of many issues including the tensions between Catholicism and Indigenous education in Canada, the secularization of curriculum in the Catholic classroom, Church-State relations and more. The contributors reveal the tensions between doctrinal faith and socio-economic structures of privilege found within the Church and introduces the reader to complex political interactions within the Church itself in the midst of a rapid era of secularization.

About the authors

Rosa Bruno-Jofré is a professor in the Faculty of Education at Queen's University. James Scott Johnston is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at Queen's University. Gonzalo Jover is a professor in the Department of Educational Theory and H

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Jon Igelmo Zaldívar is a Juan de la Cierva post-doctoral research fellow in the Faculty of Psychology and Education at the University of Deusto, Spain.

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  • Winner, George Edward Clerk Award

Editorial Reviews

"There are two or three very good chapters on Catholic schools in Spain and France detailing and providing us with valuable historical expositions. The book also addresses some key issues challenging Catholic education and provides some interesting insights."

The Catholic Historical Review vol. 104 no. 2, Spring 2018

"The chapters of Catholic Education in the Wake of Vatican II are well researched, well written, and have the capacity to significantly augment one’s understanding of the permanent and dramatic change that took place in Catholic education in the twentieth century."

<em>Historical Studies</em>

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