During a speech yesterday in Belfast, President Barack Obama suggested that Catholic education is harmful to national unity, according to the Scottish Catholic Observer.
“If towns remain divided—if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden—that too encourages division and discourages cooperation,” the President reportedly said during his Northern Ireland Visit for the G8 summit.
Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, had just recently praised Catholic education before a Scottish audience, according to the Observer:
[Archbishop Muller] told an audience in Scotland that Catholic education provided a rare place where “intellectual training, moral discipline and religious commitment would come together” while giving the prestigious Cardinal Winning Lecture on Saturday to officially launch the St. Andrews Foundation for Catholic teacher education at Glasgow University. During Mass at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow, on Friday night he said that “the Catholic school is vitally important… a critical component of the Church,” adding that Catholic education provides young people with a wonderful opportunity to “grow up with Jesus.”
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