On October 28, 1965, the Pope and the Bishops of the Church, in solemn session, promulgated the Vatican II Declaration on Christian Education. Under consideration for several years, and having passed through various stages of voting, refined each time in the process, the Declaration represents the Council's attempt to synthesize the teaching of the Church and its practical application in all parts of the world. Because of the tremendous differences involved in Christian educational efforts in various parts of the world, the Declaration could not be specific, could not go into details, and could not provide a blueprint for all to follow. What it is then is a short statement, expressing basic truths and beliefs that should govern effort in Christian education. It is also an exhortation to implement these truths wherever and whenever possible.