Governing Catholic religious education in Italian state schools: Between the revision of the Concordat and social movements, 1974-1984

Guillaume Silhol
2017 Studia z Prawa Wyznaniowego  
This article focuses on the redefinition of Catholic religious education in Italian state schools, from compulsory religious instruction into a non-compulsory discipline of "religious culture", by analyzing how the issue is framed and negotiated by political, religious and educational actors between 1974 and 1984. The negotiations between governmental and Church representatives in the revision of the Concordat led to attempts at a compromise on religious education, its regime and its guarantees
more » ... and its guarantees for students' choices. However, social movements and school reforms forced various actors and institutions to reframe it in non-confessional, pedagogical and professional terms in public arenas. "Religious culture", as a category promoted by teachers and intellectuals, became both a social problem and the main justification for the ownership of the Catholic Church over the problem.
doi:10.31743/spw.263 fatcat:yp7ztp6ljbgjlkhbp6bmy3q4jy