Congregation for Catholic Education - for Seminaries and Educational Institutions (CEC)

Congrégation pour l'éducation catholique
Congregación para la Educación Católica
Kongregation für das Katholische Bildungswesen
Congregazione per l'Educazione Cattolica
Congregatio de Institutione Catholica - de Seminariis atque Studiorum Institutis

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Founded by Pope Sixtus V, as Congregatio pro Universitate Studii Romani. Title changed to Congregatio Studiorum in 1824, when competence extended by Pope Leo XII to cover all educational institutions of the Pontifical State. Restructured in 1915 by Pope Benedict XV, as Sacra Congregatio de Seminariis et Studiorum Universitatibus, within the framework of F-XF8042 - Administrative Hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church, joining the Congregatio Studiorum, created 1824, and having authority over all Catholic universities, with the Office of Seminaries within the Sacred Consistorial Congregation. In Aug 1967, under the title Sacra Congregatio pro Institutione Catholica, adopted a new constitution which extended authority to cover primary and secondary schools responsible to the Ecclesiastical Authorities. Present name adopted, 1988, by Apostolic Constitution 'Pastor Bonus' of Pope John-Paul II. Since the Congregation is a department of the Pope's Roman Curia for the government of the Universal Church, it is similar to a state's Department for Education and/or Culture and as such may be considered a governmental institution of the Holy See.


Provide care and give directives and norms to diocesan seminaries through which individual bishops provide for training the clergy of their dioceses; develop and assist Catholic universities, faculties, institutes and colleges of higher education; promote worldwide the presence of Catholic schools for elementary and secondary education.


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Governed by a body of 31 Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops represented by the Prefect, Secretary and Under-Secretary. Offices (3) each with a Head of Office: Office for Seminaries; Office for Universities; Office for Catholic Schools.


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