There has been something which has been bugging me for the past few weeks that I need to get off my chest. Because I’ve been so busy with ‘Fastian’ of late, I haven’t found the time to give this blog the attention it deserves. Well, this morning, all other things get pushed to the side for I need to vent.
This morning, as well as a number of other mornings, I have picked up a newspaper to see the Catholic Church coming out and speaking out against the new legislation in Ireland regarding abortion. For those not up on the story, the Irish government is currently working on legislation to allow abortion ONLY where there is a real and significant risk to the life of the mother either physically or if they are suicidal. This has been voted on by the Irish people in TWO separate referendum in the past 20 years.
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The report two days ago on the Magdelene Laundries, is just another insight into the shameful history of our ‘great’ country over the past seventy years or so. Details of how ten thousand women were institutionalised under state run programs, namely the Laundries, and used as slave labour.
A big debate going on today in the Irish media and social media, is the role of religion and the church in schools, and whether schools here in Ireland should be non-denominational.
Before I give my two cents, here’s a quick rundown of the situation. 96% of all primary schools are run by the Catholic Church. And 90% of ALL schools, are under the remit of the Catholic Church. What does this mean exactly? Basically it means that although the state supplies the teachers (for the most part) and the syllabus, the property, the land, the schools, belongs to the Church. (There may be some variants in this) And one of the main staples of the Primary School diet, is the teachers being responsible for a ‘Catholic Education’.
For those of you reading this who did not have the pleasure of attending an Irish primary school, Continue reading