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Bishops' concerns on school reforms

CATHOLIC bishops have insisted that any change to the ethos of schools in the country must not undermine children's faith.

Bishop Brendan Kelly of Achonry and Bishop Christopher Jones of Elphin raised concerns about the changes at the launch of the Catholic Schools Week yesterday.

Speaking during the Mass, Bishop Kelly praised the easy faith among young people and the importance of encouraging it in schools.

"It will be a terrible travesty for them if a natural part of who they are is not acknowledged and nurtured in schools.

"What good is a school if it's not an extension of what is best and what a child needs in their home?" he said.

His concerns were echoed by Bishop Jones of Elphin who told the young congregation: "It is because of you that we are all concerned about Catholic education in our schools."

The remarks follows the release of a new survey asking parents about school patronage.