Page 9, 2nd February 1940

2nd February 1940
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Page 9, 2nd February 1940 — PRIESTS' PROTEST REJECTED

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Blackburn School to have no ".Religious Instruction"

Prom a Special Correspondent LAST WEEK THE BLACKBURN El )13 CA T ION COMM I TT EE at a lively meeting considered and in refusal to allow religions instruction at the Blackburn Open-Air Special School.

As reported in last week's CATHOLIC HERALD, the seven parish priests of the town, on behalf of their 20,000 parishioners, made strong represents tiaras to the Education Committee against such proposals.

They said " We consider such an attempt would be an outrage on Christian feeling in the town-more especially at a time when Christian wives and mothers are sendieg out their husbands and sons by the hundred to uphold Chreitian principles and Christian institutions in a world attacked by anti-Christian forces."

A petition from the slxly parents of the Catholic children attending the sebool was also presented to the Committee.

Despite some trenchant criticism of the illogical position of the Committee and a prolonged discussion the defeat of the recommendation was not secured Alderman Critchiey said religious instruction was given in the fighting forces, prisons, asylums and publie Institutions, and there was no reason why it should not be given in open-air schools.

" We are fast coining to the positions when we shall be Prussian. ising and Germaneeing the chikeren of the town." he eatd.

ASK BOARD OF EDUCATION The Committee carried Dean Moylan's notice of motion that the views of the Board of Education be sought as to: Whether, before giving effect to any decision that might exclude religious Instruction from the Blackamoor School. the local Education Authority should ascertain the wishes of the parents of the children at the school; And whether a decision which might debar delicate children from attending the school would contravene the require; rnents of the Education Act of 1921.

It Is not likely that the Catholics of Blackburn will allow a matter involving such a principle to rest where the Education Committee have left it.

effect approved their sub-committee's

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