Gravissimum Educationis (Declaration on Christian Education) is a declaration released during the Second Vatican Council in that primarily addresses. Study and Discussion Guide. Gravissimum Educationis. The Declaration on Christian Education. Vatican Council II. Promulgated by Pope Paul VI. October 28 . 14 Jul The Second Vatican Council’s ninth document was the Declaration on Christian Education (Gravissimum Educationis), issued on October

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Therefore ecclesiastical faculties should reappraise their own laws so that they can better promote the sacred sciences and those linked with them and, by employing up-to-date methods and aids, lead their students to more penetrating inquiry. 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.

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.

Collatio LacensisIII, col. Let them do all they can to stimulate their students to act for themselves and even after graduation to continue to assist them with advice, friendship and by establishing special associations imbued with the true spirit of the Church. Therefore this sacred synod exhorts the faithful to assist to their utmost in finding suitable methods of education and programs of study and in forming teachers who can give youth a true education.

Discourses and Radio Messages14, p. Therefore the Church esteems highly those civil authorities and societies which, bearing in mind the pluralism of contemporary society and respecting religious grwvissimum, assist families so that the education of their educationia can be imparted in all schools according to the individual moral and religious principles of the families.

Gravissimum Educationis (Declaration on Christian Education)

In Catholic universities where there is no faculty of sacred theology there should be established an institute or chair of sacred theology in which there should be lectures suited to lay students. 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.

The work before you, with the support you give to innovative educational projects, must respect three essential criteria in order to be effective:. 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. Likewise it is the role of these very faculties to make more penetrating inquiry into the various aspects of the sacred sciences so that an ever deepening understanding of sacred Revelation is obtained, the legacy of Christian wisdom handed down by our forefathers is more fully developed, the dialogue with our separated brethren and with non-Christians is fostered, and answers are given to questions arising from the development of doctrine.


Certainly, there is no shortage of work for academics and educationi engaged with the Gravissimum Educationis Foundation! The Sacred Ecumenical Council has considered with care how extremely gravssimum education is in the life of man and how its influence ever grows in the social progress of this age. Since it is altogether necessary in scholastic matters, every means should be employed to foster suitable cooperation between Catholic schools, and between these and other schools that collaboration should be developed which the good of all mankind requires.

Zane hopes this adage holds true for philosophy as well, for Zane will happily settle being a lousy writer and a poor philosopher until the day he dies.

Catholic Colleges and Universities The Church is concerned also with schools of a higher level, especially eucationis and universities.

Orbem CatholicumJune 29 Though his thoughts are generally unimpressive, he still seeks to write and understand truth.

Pius XI’s motu proprio. We must broaden the horizons of the common good, educating everyone to understand that we belong to one human family. Only by changing education can we change the world. The response is to be sought in developing and researching an integral ecology. I thank Cardinal Versaldi for his words of introduction and I am grateful to each of you for bringing the richness of your experiences in various sectors related to your personal and professional activities.

Its function is to promote the education of youth in many ways, namely: These are important goals that can be attained by the growth of scientific research carried out by universities and present, too, in the mission of the Gravissimum Educationis Foundation Quality research, which looks to a horizon rich in challenges. Networking also means uniting the various branches of knowledge, the sciences and fields of study, in order to face complex challenges with an inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary approach, as recommended by Veritatis Gaudium cf.

Among many documents illustrating the importance of education confer above all apostolic letter of Benedict XV, Communes LitterasApril 10, Catholic education is not limited to forming minds to a broader outlook, capable of embracing distant realities. Discourses and Radio Messagesvol. Whitehead, a former U. Thomas Aquinas, 31 there may be a deeper realization of the harmony of faith and science.

With this appeal, I meant to edycationis the men and women of our time to face social change optimistically, so that they can immerse themselves in realty with the light that radiates from the promise of Christian salvation.


The Meaning of the Universal Right to an Education All men of every race, condition and age, since they enjoy the dignity of a human being, have an inalienable right gravisssimum an education 5 that is in keeping with their ultimate goal, 6 their ability, their sex, and the culture and tradition of their country, and also in harmony with their fraternal association with other peoples in the fostering of true unity and peace on earth.

Summary of Gravissimum Educationis

Another challenge facing education today is one that I pointed out in my Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium: Summary Education is extremely important in the life of man and therefore it should be fostered by the Church. 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.

Finally, it is through the family that they are gradually led to a companionship with their fellowmen and with the people of God. 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 is the sure beacon that must shed light on every enterprise of study, research and 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 gravissomum and principal educators. Education is extremely important in the life of man and therefore it should be fostered by the Church.

Therefore children and young people must be helped, with the aid of the latest advances in psychology and the arts and science of teaching, to develop harmoniously their physical, moral and intellectual endowments so that they may gradually acquire a mature sense of responsibility in striving endlessly to form their own lives properly and in pursuing true freedom as they surmount the vicissitudes of life with courage and constancy.

Another important focus of the document is its emphasis on parents as the principal and primary educators of their own children. Networking means creating spaces for encounter and dialogue within educational institutions, and encouraging gtavissimum spaces outside our institutions, with people of other cultures, other traditions and different religions, so that a Christian humanism can consider the overall reality of humanity today.