.- The Archbishop of Toledo, Cardinal Antonio CaÃ±izares, warned this week the government sponsored educational course âEducation for Citizenshipâ âis leading us to totalitarianismâ and is âincompatible with the identity of Catholic schools.â
âThe course Education for Citizenship is incompatible with the identity of Catholic schools. A Catholic school would cease to be such if it offered this course,â in the same way that if a public school, if it did the same, âwould lose its obligatory ideological neutrality,â the Cardinal said.
He stressed that the purpose of the course material âis not that we be good, but that we behave well,â since âwhen there is no freedom of conscience, freedom of education, we head towards totalitarianism. Education for Citizenship is leading us to totalitarianism.â
Regarding religious freedom, Cardinal CaÃ±izares said this right has been âtruly been curtailed,â as âat best faith is tolerated only in the private sphere,â and he underscored that Spain is following the same path as the eastern European countries during the era of the Berlin Wall.
In a reference to Spanish President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapateroâs initiative called âThe Alliance of Civilizations,â which calls for the West to negotiate a truce with Islamic terrorists, Cardinal CaÃ±izares said it was easier to establish âa relationship between Christianity and Islam.â
Both religions, he explained, âacknowledge God as their starting point, while in the Alliance of Civilizations there is complete distrust for religion and God is seen as a source of division and confrontation.â âThe best response to the Alliance of Civilizations is the path laid out by Benedict XVI at Regensburg: the affirmation of the unity between faith and reason.â