BY Ian Dunn | September 15 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS     print icon print

17-ROSEANNA-CUNNINGHAM

Protection for Catholic schools in independent Scotland

SNP Minister Roseanna Cunningham’s pledge welcomed by Catholic spokesmen but questions remain on its implementation.

Scotland’s state-run Catholic schools would be given constitutional protection in the event of independence, an SNP Government minister has suggested.

Roseanna Cunningham (above), minister for legal affairs and community safety, made the announcement in a recent statement.

“A yes vote means that Scotland will have a written constitution and that means everyone can be assured that the constitution in place on Independence Day will uphold the rights and liberties of all, including freedom of religion and the protection of Catholic education,” Ms Cunningham said.

Peter Kearney, director of the Scottish Catholic Media Office, said the proposed protections for Catholic schools were ‘a welcome reassurance from Scottish Government together with comments suggesting protection religious freedom in its widest sense.’

Michael McGrath, the director of the Scottish Catholic Educating Service, said, while he agrees that Catholic education should be protected, there had been no discussion of how that would be done.

“One issue is that there would be so many pressures on a Scottish constitution,” he said. “For example the secularists would want it it religion free. However it would be appropriate for the freedom to choose denomination education to not only continue but [to be] protected. Exactly how that would be done is just one of the details that’s still unclear prior to the referendum.”

 

—ian@sconews.co.uk

 

 

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