· The Archbishop of Dublin on Catholic school's contribution in Ireland ·
An education model which may continue to be respected but also able to offer better standards. This was at the heart of the wish expressed by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, Vice-President of the Bishops' Conference, for Catholic Schools Week, which concluded in Ireland on 3 February. In his homily in the Church of Our Lady’s Nativity in Leixlip, the Prelate underlined the necessity to assure support for religious organizations from the authorities, adding that the Irish system, religious in its institution, is “a valid pillar of our future educational system”. In fact in Ireland schools, especially primary ones, are in large part run by religious communities and orders.
Archbishop Martin explained in his homily that the Catholic educational system “must adapt to the changing society but never abdicate its specific role. Denominational education is a valid pillar of our future educational system. Government has a responsibility to foster the desire of parents who wish for denominational education but all those associated with denominational education must also ensure that the education offered in our Catholic schools is of the highest level”.
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