Posted: Dec 10, 2014 11:38 am
by I'm With Stupid
Animavore wrote:
I'm With Stupid wrote:
Animavore wrote:The Church have almost no relevance to today's society. They are dying out and their role is mostly ceremonial now. When the abortion referendum came out in the 90s the 'No' vote just barely won. The next time, and there are calls for another referendum, they won't win.

Yeah, but surely the fact that you haven't been given a referendum and politicians don't feel that they can just go ahead and do it is testament to the power the church still holds in Irish politics? I wouldn't even say the Catholic church has no relevance in UK politics, never mind Irish. The Catholic church still runs 90% of your primary schools ffs, and a good number of the rest are protestant. It's obviously getting better, but there's a long way to go.

I'm not sure why politicians won't go ahead and do it. And the Catholic church running our schools doesn't mean anything much. They still have to go by the governement standards for education. They can't teach that homosexuality is wrong, or that sex outside of marriage or contraception is wrong, and have to give equal time to all religions. They're Catholic schools in name only.

I got my statistics from this website, where it quotes one man claiming that religion frequently invades other subjects, to even if you opt out of religious bullshit for your children, you still have it frequently popping up in other classes. Obviously it would vary from school to school. I also went to a Catholic school where it really was a professionally run outfit that didn't ram religion down your throat. But it wouldn't surprise me if all Catholic schools aren't equal.