Education, confessional conflict, and the Catholic mission in Scotland, c. 1660-1707

Karie Schultz*

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In 1653, the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith created a secular mission for Scotland that initially struggled with finances and provision. Its Prefects argued that the Jesuits exacerbated these problems by failing to prepare students at the Scots College Rome intellectually for the mission. This article examines the resulting campaign for curricular reform that Scottish secular priests waged, one intended to improve missionaries’ pastoral skills and undermine the college's Jesuit administration. It ultimately demonstrates the significance of education to wider conflicts between Propaganda Fide and the Society of Jesus regarding missions and resources in the seventeenth century.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Ecclesiastical History
VolumeFirst View
Early online date31 Oct 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 Oct 2023


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