A new plan in the works for Catholic schools in Ireland could have students studying other religions in addition to Catholicism, according to an article by Independent.ie.
The new religious education program for students in Catholic primary schools, which is reportedly being created under the auspices of the Irish bishops, will devote some classroom time varying by grade level to the study of other faiths. The Independent reports:
The amount of time devoted to other religions will vary depending on the age of the children, with two weeks per year set aside for fifth and sixth class pupils.
… While the new curriculum is intended to open pupils' minds to other faiths, the submission makes clear that there will be no dilution in the Catholic ethos of these schools.
Among its objectives is the need "to prepare young children for living in contact with other Christians and people of other religions, affirming their Catholic identity, while respecting the faiths of others".
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