Quebec to cut Catholic and Protestant religious instruction in public schools
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- The Quebec government has announced that it intends to cut Catholic and Protestant religious instruction from public schools and to implement a new program on ethics and religious culture by 2008. Minister of Education Jean-Marc Fournier presented a bill in the provincial legislature yesterday proposing the change, despite the fact that more than 60,000 citizens had signed a petition in favor of maintaining religious instruction in the schools. The petition was presented to the province’s Liberal government March 24.

The Minister of Education said the new program would better respond to “the current social challenges and the needs of Quebec youth today.”

“In a pluralist society like ours, it is important that schools actively contribute to the acquisition, by youth, of the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will serve them personally and socially the rest of their lives,” Fournier said in his press release.

Fournier said the move was “largely supported by a majority of Quebecers.” But a February poll by Leger Marketing indicated that 56 percent of Quebecers favored confessional instruction in public schools; 40 percent were opposed.

The new program, Fournier said, would allow place “for reflection on values and laws, and it would recognize religious heritage as an important part of our culture.”

In order to allow enough time to create and implement the new program, the ministers said the provincial government would renew the notwithstanding clause. This would allow the status quo—which offers parents and students a choice between Catholic and Protestant religious instruction, or moral instruction—to continue for the next three years.

Fournier also announced that certain groups would be invited to present their opinion before a parliamentary committee in the coming weeks.

The provincial Liberal government intends to pass the bill before summer recess at the end of June.

Quebecers have enjoyed Catholic and Protestant religious education for more than 150 years. It was a right that was guaranteed in Canada’s founding document—the British North America Act of 1867.

In 1997, the Quebec government sought an amendment to the Constitution, requesting to opt out of this legal assurance. Catholic and Protestant parents fought against the move.

But the Supreme Court of Canada eventually ruled in favor of the Quebec government. Since then, the Quebec government has been slowly phasing out religious instruction through a series of successive laws, despite repeated promises to Catholic and Protestant parents that religious instruction would be maintained.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

Related News:


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Cardinal Luis Tagle to Pope Francis
Cardinal Luis Tagle to Pope Francis
Pope Francis in the Philippines: Manila Welcomes the Pope
Pope Francis in Sri Lanka: Highlights
Pope Francis in Sri Lanka: Interview with Cardinal Ranjith
Pope Francis in SriLanka: Inter-religious Faith Meeting
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day

Liturgical Calendar

January 26, 2015

Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mk 3:22-30


Daily Readings

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »


Homily of the Day

Mk 3:22-30