From Gravissimum Educationis (1965) to the Catholic school (1977). The late flowering of aggiornamento in Catholic education thinking

Gerald Grace

The Second Vatican Council?s document on education Gravissimum Educationis did not have the same impact which a later one, The Catholic School, had. This article looks at the later document, which brought up to date the authentic principles of Catholic education. Gerald Grace is director for the Centre for Research and Development in Catholic Education at the University of London.

It seems likely that in the various celebrations, seminars and conferences which mark the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, Catholic education will not have a central role. The reason for this is apparent from any close reading of the documents issued by the Council between 1962 and 1965. Whereas documents such as Sacrosanctum Concilium (1963), Lumen Gentium (1964), Gaudium et Spes (1965) and Nostra Aetate (1965) generated much interest and discussion, the document, Gravissimum Educationis (1965), (Declaration on Christian Education) did not have a similar impact.1

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