The Teaching Secretariats of the Archdiocese of Valencia and the Bishoprics of Orihuela-Alicante and Segorbe-Castellón denounce that “one cannot speak of ‘educational quality’ or ‘comprehensive education of the person’ without adequate recognition and, therefore, also hourly presence, of the subject of Catholic Religion and Moral”.
This is what they affirm together with other Catholic-based educational institutions with which they form the Board of the Board of Education in Freedom, a social movement in opposition to the eighth reform of the educational law in Spain in forty years.
Through a public statement, it is claimed that the subject of Catholic Religion and Morals “contributes to developing autonomy and a critical spirit from the Christian perspective and that makes explicit the transcendent dimension of every human being.”
Thus, they consider that this educational subject “enriches the knowledge of our roots”, “answers the deepest questions of the person” and “potentiates all that is good and noble in the heart of man” for the benefit of the common good.
These claims come at the time that the political authorities, who have the duty to order all academic activity, are hindering the development of this matter.
In this sense, they denounce that since the approval of the Organic Law for the Improvement of the Organic Law of Education (LOMLOE) in December 2020, the regional secretary of Education and Vocational Training has refused to meet and dialogue with the bishoprics and the Table of Education in Freedom.
“Like everything that refers to this eighth educational reform in democracy, we consider that the process has not been adequate. At this point in the calendar, the organization of the next school year is being improvised on the basis of drafts”, they underline.
On the other hand, since the decrees for the configuration of the subjects were not approved, the centers have worked on the basis of “draft decrees” provided by the educational authorities.
In this regard, they point out that “the drafts show a total lack of sensitivity towards the work of the teachers of this subject, who have seen the workload of the subject reduced to a minimum.
This “so limited” schedule prevents, in his opinion, “an adequate development of this or any other subject.”
Status inferior to church-state agreements
Education in Freedom also denounces that in the Baccalaureate, the drafts of the educational decrees “leave Catholic Religion and Morals in a status of inferiority that has nothing to do with it being a subject comparable to a “fundamental subject”, as stated in the agreements between the Church and the Spanish State.
Thus, the student who chooses it will have one more teaching hour than the rest of his classmates and, probably, it will be at the first or last hour of the school day, as has happened on previous occasions, which is “a reason for discrimination” since these Students must go to schools before or leave after their classmates.
The bishoprics and the rest of the organizations for educational freedom emphasize that the “personal or governing ideological budgets cannot be above the right of parents to the comprehensive education of their children”.