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ERIC Number: EJ1006504
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1097-9638
The Ideal of a Catholic Education in a Secularized Society
Cuypers, Stefaan E.
Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, v7 n4 p426-445 Jun 2004
This paper argues that the progressive, revisionist reaction within Catholic education and schooling, as well as within Catholicism at large, to the challenge of modernity is a mistake. In view of modernity's malaises, it advocates instead the affirmation or reaffirmation of the ideal of traditional Catholicism as the only authentic response for Catholics to modern progress. In order to justify the distinctiveness of a traditional Catholic identity and educational project, the paper offers an outline of a distinctively Thomistic educational philosophy. Its defense of the (re)affirmation of the ideal of traditional Catholic education and schooling in secularized society is neither ultra-conservative nor romantic.
Boston College. Roche Center for Catholic Education, 25 Lawrence Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. Tel: 617-552-0701; Fax: 617-552-0579; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; Europe