Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Australian State "Ethics" Classes Run in Opposition to Catholic Catechesis

Over 35,000 Catholics throughout NSW have signed a petition which states their support for the work of cathechists.

The petition is the latest feature of the campaign by the local Catholic Church against the State government’s suggestion that ethics class in public schools will be run in competition with traditional scriptural classes.

The Church is concerned that if the two classes are ran in competition with another, then Catholic students who chose to attend scripture would miss out on attending the ethics classes.

Jude Hennessy, the director of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine for the Wollongong diocese and co-ordinator of the campaign said: ”It is not fair they should miss this opportunity. Nor is it fair their parents should be caught in a dilemma about whether to send them to formation in their faith tradition or to choose ethics…. If ethics classes are regarded as a valuable addition, they [should] be run at a time other than during SRE time.”

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