(Brussels) Laizisismus al la Belge . Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard of Brussels-Mechelen has been conducting pastoral visits since the beginning in many deaneries and parishes in Walloon Brabant. In Baisy-Thy parents on behalf of state neutrality obligation refused him to visit the Catholic religious instruction at the school. The pastoral visits are an occasion, in addition to the Holy Mass, are meetings in the parish church with the priests of the place, the Catholic organizations and groups, and the faithful. The Archbishop also visits the Catholic schools and kindergartens, but also the Catholic religious instruction taking place in public schools.
It was not possible to visit at the School of Baisy-Thy, the visit to religious instruction planned for the past 22 October at the state school. Some parents protested against this. The visit of a representative of religion in a public school violates the principle of neutrality of the state, they argued.
Finally, the Archbishop decided not to go to the school, which program is unproblematic in other places. To avoid further controversy and because the mayor, Gérard Couronné, feared riots of some parents, the mayor himself agreed with the Archbishop, to waive the intended visit to the grade school the 5th and 6th Classes. "We go everywhere where we are welcome", said Archbishop Leonard through his spokesman to the press.
The incident shows how the alleged "tolerance" of laicism [secularism] is intolerant. In Belgium, a radical fight by the enemies of the Catholic Church is in progress, with radical attempts to marginalize the Church from public life. Against this background, it is has also been seen that Archbishop Leonard has twice this year already been paid visits by the activists of FEMEN (see separate report on the first attack and the second attack ). Why always against the Primate of Belgium? The FEMEN activism works on demand. You can order it in some ways ( see separate report on FEMEN forthcoming). Who pays, decides. In Belgium there are obviously forces which are willing to pay for public aggression against the Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: L'Obersevatoire de la Christianophobia
Trans: Tancred firstname.lastname@example.org
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It's his diocese, he should be able to visit the parish no questions asked!
Belgian Public Schools have Catholic religious instruction, and this was a case of the parents at a Belgian Public school not wanting him to visit the Catholic religious instruction taking place there.
It sounds all around crazy. Why do they have religious instruction in public school? In Belgium? It all sounds backwards. If parents are opposed to the Archbishop coming why were they first not opposed to Catholic religious instruction. Is the instruction anti Catholic? I always feel unhappy that they do these things to him.
Because Belgium used to be a Catholic Country, and the official religion was Catholicism, that's why they have religious instruction in public schools.
Tancred, thank you and I do know that but I'd have thought they'd have already done away with that as other European countries have. They are in the EU. And if parents were opposed to the Arbp.'s attendance they must be against religious instruction in the school or they are just against the Arbp. Leonard. Maybe he is too" conservative" for them.
Absurd. Who is a more apt "visitor" for a Catholic instruction class than the local bishop?
Nope, there are still some countries that have this vestige of Christendom.
Hmm. that's interesting and I'm glad to know it. The way they carry on, in Greater Europe that is, I am somewhat surprised I guess.
Dreadful. If there are Catholics in the school receiving Catholic instruction, the Archbishop should be able to visit Catholic children there.
The laborers are few;
If it was in Rome, would you want Francis visiting?
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