The last issue of the Torquay Times contained a letter from the Rev. Myles MacSweeney replying to a protest which had been made locally against the provision of a school for senior Catholic children.
With its generous headings this letter took up 32 column inches of space in the newspaper, and enabled Fr. MacSweeney to make a detailed and impressive reply.
In the course of this reply, Fr. MacSweeney sets out the Catholic belief that " the sacred rights and liberties of parents are invaded by any kind of compulsory State Education, which separates religion from education, or which dictates what shall be the amount and kind of religious instruction which children shall receive. We hold that the temporal and eternal interests of Christian youth demand above all things that mind, heart and character shall he trained and educated in Christian truth and principles by a definite system of religious teaching."
He also points out that every effort had been made to co-operate with the local authority and, a showing that provisions for Catholic schools are not enjoyed solely by Catholics, mentions that in ten years two hundred and fifty non-Catholic children had passed through the present Catholic achooL