Queer Thriving in Catholic Education: Going Beyond the Pastoral Paradigm for LGBTQ+ Inclusion

Sean Whittle (Editor), SEAN HENRY (Editor)

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This book provides readers with the opportunity to go beyond anecdote and supposition in order to get a fuller grasp of research around Catholic education and LGBTQ+ matters. This is an edited collection of chapters which explores LGBTQ+ matters in relation to Catholic education. Although the field of Catholic Education Studies has grown exponentially over the past two decades, little if any attention has been published specifically about the place of LGBTQ+ students (and teachers) in the context of Catholic education. This edited book presents the various strands of research about Catholic education and LGBTQ+ inclusion. More specifically, this edited book of chapters addresses a number of broader themes including:

• Is it possible for Catholic education to sit in harmony with the concerns of LGBTQ+ inclusive education?

• What does it mean to 'queer' education at all? How does this sit in relation to Catholic perspectives on the purpose of Catholic education?

• When it comes to LGBTQ+ issues in relation to Catholic education, what is the research agenda?

• How might Catholic schools move beyond a 'pastoral accommodation' approach to LGBTQ+ students?

• What does the evidence from research in Catholic schools indicate? Are they places of inclusion, hospitality, and welcome for LGBTQ+ young people?
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages150
ISBN (Electronic)9789819703227
ISBN (Print)9819703220
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 29 Jan 2024


  • Catholicism
  • General Education
  • Inclusion


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