The bishops believe that the Ministry of Education has not wanted to “find a positive and acceptable solution” for the future of the Religion class, which at LOMLOE will see its teaching load reduced, it will not be computable nor will it have a similar alternative. “There is a risk of discrimination” for those who choose the subject, says in a note the Episcopal Commission for Education and Culture, after knowing the Decrees of Minimum Teaching presented today to the Autonomous Communities. The Spanish Church, however, trusts that the autonomous communities revert “what is established by the Ministry in the scope of its competences” and endow the Religion with “a reasonable extension of the hours of the area”.
“The current Education Law was not born out of an educational pact and its urgent processing – in times of a pandemic and in a state of alarm – prevented an adequate participation of the entire religious community”, assure the bishops, who regret “that the spiritual dimension and religious of the people and the towns is not sufficiently included in the law “. However, the note admits the “positive contributions” of the curriculum, such as the recognition of the responsibility of families, or the reference to the international framework and the key competences of the EU.
“The text finally approved maintains an already known situation, which is not entirely satisfactory for us,” admits the Episcopal Conference, which recognizes that the LOMLOE “has maintained the mandatory offer of Catholic Religion at all stages” and that “it has been regulated its evaluation in the same terms and with the same effects as the other areas / subjects ”.
“The opportunity to maintain at least the minimum LOE schedule has been lost, a law to which the LOMLOE gives continuity. It is surprising that in a commitment to a competence model the teaching load is limited to the minimum possible in an area so decisive for the education of the person as is that of religion, “says the Episcopal Commission, which claims educational care for those who do not choose Religion with the argument that” it can facilitate school organization. ” In this sense, the bishops describe as “serious responsibility of the educational authorities, and the right of the students” that “the school work thus regulated is programmed and carried out, essential to avoid any discrimination.”
No to “Non-denominational religious culture”
Finally, the Church shows its surprise at the fact that the Ministry does not make any reference to the proposal for ‘Non-denominational religious culture’ put forward by the spokesperson Luis Argüello at the beginning of the negotiations, and vindicates its dialogue role, now and for the future.
“The Episcopal Commission for Education and Culture has tried to find a positive and acceptable solution for all parties to the situation of School Religious Education, also offering concrete proposals. In this time that opens after the regulation of Minimum Teaching, we reiterate the will to dialogue with the educational administrations in the field of their competences “. “We do not lose hope of reaching agreements and pacts in education that are inclusive and have all of them,” the letter concludes.
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