Catholic Church must reassess its approach
Published 28/11/2016 | 02:30
The Paris and Brussels bombings are still fresh in our memories. They showed up many of the weaknesses in European societies - ghettoisation of ethnic minorities, growing Islamophobia, the radicalisation of small numbers of young people, the emergence of religious fundamentalism, and the rise of anti-Semitism.
Ireland, which absorbed higher percentages of emigrants quicker than many other EU countries, has largely avoided these problems so far. Children of immigrants are made welcome in our mainly denominational primary schools and allowed, even encouraged, to practise their faith.
But there is a need for a more structured arrangement to teach all children about different religions. This would help avoid a sense of alienation and of not belonging to an increasingly diverse society.