Global Perspectives on Catholic Religious Education in Schools

  • Michael T. Buchanan
  • Adrian-Mario Gellel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Adrian-Mario Gellel, Michael T. Buchanan
    Pages 1-4
  3. Theoretical Foundations

  4. Issues Emerging from the Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-89
    2. Sérgio Rogério Azevedo Junqueira
      Pages 281-291
    3. Rodrigo Fuentealba Jara, Patricia Imbarack Dagach
      Pages 293-305

About this book


This book covers theoretical aspects of Catholic Religious Education in schools and examines them from multiple theoretical and contextual perspectives. It captures the contemporary academic and educational developments in the field of Religious Education while discussing in detail the challenges that Religious Educators face in different European, Asian, African, Australian, American and Latin American countries. The edited collection investigates how to pass on a Catholic heritage as a “living tradition” in diversely populated schools and communities. In this way it explores and asserts the proper identity of Catholic Religious Education in dialogue with Catechetics and with the wider discipline of Religious Education.

As the different articles of this publication demonstrate - through a series of interesting and critical points of view - Catholic Religious Education is confronted with many challenges from the risk of marginalization to the confusion produced by a religious indifferentism leading to a strictly comparative or neutral method in the study of religions. It is essential to take into account in our research perspectives that Catholic Religious Education is not only a subject but also a mission in the light of the diakonia of truth in the midst of humanity.

H.E. Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, Prefect, Congregation for Catholic Education, Holy See, Vatican City

Religious education teachers cannot by themselves overcome the ills of society, but religious education...can help to create better citizens of the world as some authors argue throughout this collection. could not ask more from such timely and provocative collection. It is a gift to the profession and to Catholic Religious Education.

Prof. Gloria Durka, Fordham University, New York, NY, USA


Catholic identity Catholic religious education Christian religous education curricular and didactical organization diversity and religious education religion in schools religious education religious education curriculum religious education teacher professionalism teaching religious education

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael T. Buchanan
    • 1
  • Adrian-Mario Gellel
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Education and ArtsAustralian Catholic UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of Education/Faculty of TheologyUniversity of MaltaMsidaMalta

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