We need real dialogue on the future of our schools
Today marks the start of Catholic Schools Week, an opportunity to reflect on the position of faith schools within our education system. It seems a good time for the education minister to launch a discussion on school patronage.
The big changes in Irish society in relation to religious practice, and the fall in the numbers of priests and the religious, have given a sharper focus to this tricky issue.
We need continued respectful dialogue in the matter, but we must also note that progress on change has been painfully slow.