Catholic Schools – U. S. and Saskatchewan
June 4, 2011 § Leave a comment
As Catholic Schools Close, the Need Only Grows — On Religion – NYTimes.com. On this issue, I may be in apostasy (check out that word origin!) with liberal values. The creation of the three prairie provinces included publicly funded “separate schools” based on religion. Those which were vaguely Protestant became, over the years, the secular “Public” system. So, in the Prairie west Catholic schools, as long as they could maintain their enrollment, receive tax funding. It also should be noted that there is no direct connection between local Roman Catholic diocese and the Catholic School Board. So, Orthodox children and their parents are a regular part of many Separate School boards. This structure, for the most part, has help ensure a moderate pluralism in the tradition of mushy Canadian gradualism. That’s a good thing.