Saturday 22 July 2017

John Walshe: Church's influence on schools is far greater than on health

The Church’s role in Irish hospitals is significant but pales in comparison with its influence in primary and second-level schools. (Stock image)
The Church’s role in Irish hospitals is significant but pales in comparison with its influence in primary and second-level schools. (Stock image)

John Walshe

If a religious congregation can opt out of a new maternity hospital so readily, will the Catholic Church do the same in education?

That's the question being asked after the Sisters of Charity announced that it is ending involvement in the St Vincent's Healthcare Group.

The Church's role in Irish hospitals is significant but pales in comparison with its influence in primary and second-level schools.

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