Oct 19 2009
The VATICAN has surprisingly welcomed a proposal to teach Islam in Italian schools.
Catholic Church slams Italy’s bid to teach Islam.
ROME: The head of the Italian Catholic Church in an interview Sunday criticised a government proposal to offer courses on Islam in schools as a way of steering young Muslims away from fundamentalist teachings.
“The head of the Italian Catholic Church in an interview Sunday criticized a government proposal to offer courses on Islam in schools as a way of steering young Muslims away from “fundamentalist teachings.”
“The hour of Catholic religion (teaching) is justified by the fact that it forms part of our history and our culture,” Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco told Corriere della Serra newspaper.
“Knowledge of Catholic religious facts is indispensable to the understanding of our culture. It does not seem to me that the planned hour of religion (to teach Islam) corresponds to that reasonable and recognized motivation.” DAWN
No to teaching of Islam in schools’, says Italy interior minister.
Italy’s interior minister Roberto Maroni from the anti-immigrant Northern League party said he would not back a proposal to teach Islam in Italian schools to improve integration. “The Northern League is absolutely against the proposal of an hour of Islamic religion in Italian schools,” Maroni told the commericial TV programme Mattino 5. The proposal was put forward by the deputy minister of economic development Adolfo Urso.
“While the hour of Catholic religion represents an entity, the Church, which has a hierarchy and contains clear, well defined values that can be conveyed, Islam on the other hand is a completely different case,” Maroni said.
The head of the CEI, Mons. Angelo Bagnasco quickly rejected the idea of an ‘Islam hour’ in schools. ADNKRONOS