There has been a broad welcome to suggested changes to Ireland’s Catholic school patronage though one group said some proposals would “seriously undermine the identity of denominational schools”.
The report of the Advisory Group of the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism, which has been written to give guidance on how best to transfer Catholic schools to other patrons, is published today.
In its first phase it identifies 43 towns and four Dublin areas where there is likely to be a significant demand for educational diversity.
Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn, has predicted about 50 per cent of primary schools – about 1,500 in all – will eventually be transferred out of Roman Catholic patronage.
The Council for Education of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference welcomed the report’s publication, and said it would study the report and “reflect on its various recommendations”.
“The report clearly affirms the importance of denominational schools and the continuance of faith formation, including sacramental preparation, in Catholic schools,” notes the Council. Read more
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