BY JOHN DONNELLY, Director of Children's Ministries, Dioces of Maitland-Newcastle
There has been much written in the last few years about the place of religion in schools, and no doubt debates over Special Religion Education (SRE) vs. Ethics Classes and the funding of religious schools will continue.
Meanwhile, thousands of families continue to send their children to Catholic schools and hundreds of thousands of children attend weekly SRE classes in government schools.
One wonders if our society is as secular as some would have us believe. Why are families choosing religion for their children?
Our pluralist society demands that modern citizens accept and are tolerant of one another. Knowledge and understanding of religions hep our children to appreciate the differences among people and learn to accommodate them.
Why teach religion in schools? (Aurora)