.- The archbishop of Toledo and vice president of the Bishopsâ Conference of Spain, Cardinal Antonio Canizares, said this week the class Education for Citizenship is a âclear government projectâ in line with âa secular view of the life in which religious are relegated exclusively to the private sphere.â
The cardinal made his comments during a seminar on the controversial class organized by the University of St. Paul and the Garcia Morente Foundation.
Education for Citizenship, which Spainâs new education law mandates be taught in all schools, âis more than a class,â the cardinal said. It is completely at odds with âthe rights parents have to determine what kind of moral and religious formation they want for their children.â Education for Citizenship, he said, is a âclear government projectâ in line with âa secular view of the life in which religious are relegated exclusively to the private sphere,â when in reality, âreligious instruction should be fundamental in personal formation.â
âThe teaching of religion is not a privilege that the State grants, but rather [the State] fulfills its dutyâ by facilitating its availability. He said the government course should be adapted to âthe religions convictions of parentsâ who, in his opinion âare not being given consideration.â
Cardinal Canizares said the course âdenies the existence of universal principlesâ and teaches that what is important is âwhat I decide, and what I make up.â Therefore it is in essence founded upon a nihilist view of the world, with no regard for universal moral principles. It portrays those who believe in such principles as naÃ¯ve, he added. âPluralism for all is accepted except for those who believe they know the truth,â the cardinal stated. He warned that the course represents the imposition on society of âinsidious anti-clericalism, a cultural project that seeks a change of mentality.â
In conclusion he warned that to teach the course in its current form is to âcollaborate with evil.â