Academic journal article Catholic Education

Editors' Comments

Academic journal article Catholic Education

Editors' Comments

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Peace and justice have a solid foundation in Scripture. Prophets of the Old Testament have testified to their importance, as has Jesus. For instance, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Mt. 5:9).

We are indebted to Gerald Cattaro of Fordham University who assembled the focus section of this issue, which features peace and justice education for Catholic schools. The four articles of the series feature three individuals who stand out in the annals of American Catholicism: first, a widely recognized leader in the field of peace and justice education, John Elias, is known for his work enabling students to identify and understand the causes of injustice. Educating for peace and justice can be accomplished through existing subjects or by a broadly based interdisciplinary approach.

Bishop John Lancaster Spalding of Peoria (IL) ministered at the time of rampant growth in industrialism at the turn of the 20th century and sought personal development and social transformation during a period when Catholics were entering the mainstream of American life. He endeavored to combat the evils of industrialism, thereby advancing justice in society by the transformation of individual character and behavior through religious values. …

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