Catholic Education in the Wake of Vatican II

Catholic Education in the Wake of Vatican II

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Edited by Rosa Bruno-Jofré and Jon Igelmo Zaldívar
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2017
World Rights
360 Pages
ISBN 9781487502065
Published Sep 2017
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 $75.00    $56.25

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.

Rosa Bruno-Jofré is a professor and former dean of the Faculty of Education and cross appointed to the Department of History at Queen’s University.

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.


Rosa Bruno-Jofré and Jon Igelmo Zaldívar

Emerging Issues and Approaches in the Analysis of Catholicism and Education: Fifty Years after Vatican II

PART I. The Theological Framework: From Objectivity to Subjectivity and the Varied Strands

Chapter 1

Michael Attridge

From Objectivity to Subjectivity: Changes in the 19th and 20th Centuries and Their Impact on Post-Vatican II Theological Education

PART II. The Relationship between Church and State

Chapter 2

Bernard Hugonnier and Gemma Serrano

Going to the Past: A Longue Durée Analysis of Catholic Education and the State in France

Chapter 3

Carlos Martínez Valle

Active Methods and Social Secularization in School Catechesis during the Franco Dictatorship (1939-1975): A Transfer in a Cultural System in Change

Chapter 4

Paulí Dávila and Luis M. Naya Garmendia

Turning Need into a Virtue: The Adjustment to the Educational Demands of the Religious Congregations: The Case of De La Salle in the Basque Country, Spain

Chapter 5

Rosa Bruno-Jofré

The Sisters of the Infant Jesus in Bembibre, León, Spain, during the Second Stage of Francoism (1957-1975): The School with No Doors

PART III. The Processes of Re-signification of Missions

Chapter 6

Rosa Bruno-Jofré and Jon Igelmo Zaldívar

Ivan Illich, the Critique of the Church as It: From a Vision of the Missioner to a Critique of Schooling

Chapter 7

Elizabeth Smyth

From Serving in the Missions at Home to Serving in Latin America: The Post-Vatican II Experience of Canadian Women Religious

Chapter 8

Heidi MacDonald  

Women Religious, Vatican II, Education, and the State in Atlantic Canada

Chapter 9

Rosa Bruno-Jofré

The Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions (RNDM) in Canada, the Long 1960s, and Vatican II: From Carving Spaces in the Educational State to Living the Radicality of the Gospel

PART IV. Changes in Curriculum and the Catholic Classroom after Vatican II

Chapter 10

Joe Stafford

The Conditions of Reception for the Declaration on Christian Education: Secularization and the Educational State of Ontario

Chapter 11

Cristián Cox and Patricia Imbarack

Catholic Elite Education in Chile: Worlds Apart

PART V: Catholicism and Aboriginal Education in Canada

Chapter 12

Lindsay Morcom

Balancing the Spirit in Aboriginal Catholic Education in Ontario

Chapter 13

Chris Beeman

Indigenous Education as Failed Ontological Reconfiguration

PART VI: Religious Renewal and Public Pedagogy

Chapter 14

William Pinar

“The Scandalous Revolutionary Force of the Past”: On Pasolini’s The Gospel According to Saint Matthew


Carlos Martínez Valle and Gemma Serrano

Conclusion – Catholicism and Education: Points of Intersection, Opposition, and Configuration


"Catholic Education in the Wake of Vatican II opens up new areas of debate and will be of great relevance to the growing field of study that focuses on the contribution of the religious orders and congregations to education."

Stephen McKinney, School of Education, University of Glasgow

"This volume is an important contribution to the emerging scholarship on Vatican II and its impact on Catholicism from a transnational perspective."

Margaret McGuinness, Department of Religion, LaSalle University