Province right to con­tinue fund­ing non-catholic stu­dents at Catholic schools

The Southwest Booster - - FRONT PAGE - LET­TER TO THE EDITOR


Re­gard­ing the let­ter to the editor

Ben Le­wans - Shau­navon in the May 4 South­west


I won’t ar­gue the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of non-catholics at­tend­ing Catholic schools at pub­lic ex­pense, but I think there are a few points that should be clar­i­fied.

First of all, the main pur­pose of Catholic schools (at least over the past 50 years) is not to teach the Catholic faith or doc­trine, but to cre­ate a Chris­tian at­mos­phere in the school set­ting.

For in­stance, the school day starts off with prayer, and, through­out the day teach­ers can be com­fort­able men­tion­ing God and Chris­tian moral teach­ing.

Also, re­gard­ing re­li­gious neu­tral­ity in pub­lic schools, most Chris­tians know there is no such thing as be­ing neutral. Je­sus him­self said … “ei­ther you are for me or against me.”

These are the main rea­sons for non-catholic Chris­tians send­ing their chil­dren to Catholic schools. Par­ents at Theodore have ex­tra in­cen­tives with the pub­lic school clos­ing and their chil­dren faced with an hour or more on the bus twice a day.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to our Saskatchewan politi­cians who say they will in­voke the “not with­stand­ing” clause to con­tinue fund­ing non-catholic stu­dents at Catholic schools.

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