Catholic Education - What Now?

  • October 19, 2007

Editor's note: After a bruising provincial election campaign that revealed deep dislike among Ontario voters for any form of government-funded religious schools, Catholic education supporters have a right to be nervous. Their own system came under attack and will now be under an unfriendly microscope. In these stories, we explore some of the issues and possible solutions.


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Survival of Catholic education faces new challenge

Written by Michael Swan, The Catholic Register
On Oct. 10, Ontario brought a bruising provincial election campaign to a close. On Oct. 11, Ontario Catholics faced the beginning of what could be an even more wounding battle over the very existence of their publicly funded schools. ... Full Story

Catholics need to step up for education rights

Written by Michael Swan, The Catholic Register
The Ontario election is over, but not the hard feelings and not the debate. ...Full Story

Catholic schools’ future may rest in private schools

Written by Sara Loftson, The Catholic Register
In a province where the government offers full funding for Catholic schools, there still exists a niche for self-funded private Catholic education, say supporters of independent schools. ...Full Story

How the provinces stack up

Written by Catholic Register Staff
Public funding for Catholic schools varies from province to province. ...Full Story

Could Catholics run Jewish schools?

Written by Michael Swan, The Catholic Register
The future of Catholic education in Ontario may be bound up with the Khalsa Community School for Sikh children in Malton, or Bialik Hebrew Day School in Toronto. ...Full Story

Education debate feared, welcomed

Written by Michael W. Higgins
And so the Ontario election is over. The Grits are returned with a majority. The Tories are licking their wounds. The NDP and Green Party observe largely from the margins. And, of course, the issue of faith-based schools — John Tory’s killer decision — remains for another day of reckoning. ...Full Story

Whose children are they?

Written by Fr. Fernando Mignone, Catholic Register Special
Ontario’s hot-button issue of faith-based schools is not solely one of public vs. private education, or of religious rights vs. the secularity of the state, but rather of the right of parents to educate their own children. ...Full Story

Faith and education can mix

Written by Lee Giles, the Red Deer Advocate
If someone asked you to name the Canadian province most likely to embrace religious diversity, you just might choose Ontario. After all, is there anywhere in the country where you could find a greater number of faiths represented than in Toronto? Not likely. ...Full Story

Faith-based schools debate? Stork dancing

Written by Peter Lauwers, Catholic Register Special
The debate about the public funding of faith-based schools in the Ontario election campaign could be described as “stork dancing.” There was no engagement and no contact. ...Full Story

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