Dundee, Scotland, May 29, 2019 / 10:40 am America/Denver (CNA).
The Bishop of Dunkeld has met with local government officials to discuss the council area's decision to strip voting rights from religious representatives on education committees.
“The outcome of the meeting was both cordial and fruitful,” Bishop Stephen Robson said May 28, according to The Courier, a Dundee daily. “Both parties are moving forwards to engage in a meaningful collaboration, working to strengthen our mutual partnership in support of Catholic education.”
Earlier this month, Perth and Kinross Council became Scotland's first council area to withdraw religious representatives' voting rights on education committees. The Scottish government had decided that while religious representatives must be appointed to council areas' education committees, they do not have to be afforded voting rights on those committees.
The Humanist Society Scotland has urged that the rest of Scotland's 32 council areas also deny religious representatives a vote on education committees.
Perth and Kinross has four Catholic schools, and the Scottish Catholic Education Service “said the Church now has a diminished say” on their future, The Courier reported.