Obama offends Catholics in the UK, says religious schools are divisive

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 at 8:10 am

The Catholic media is up in arms over comments President Obama made during a speech while in Northern Ireland for the G8 summit. Obama made what is described as “an alarming call for an end to Catholic education,” in spite of the fact that it is considered “a critical component of the Church.”

In front of an audience of about 2,000 young people, including many Catholics, Obama claimed that Catholic education divides people and blocks peace, according to the Scottish Catholic Observer.

“If towns remain divided—if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden—that too encourages division and discourages cooperation,” Obama said.

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2 Responses to “Obama offends Catholics in the UK, says religious schools are divisive”

  1. Blue Hen on 20/20/13 at 11:13 am

    So…..Obama is against black colleges then? Or Quaker schools? Which his daughters attend? What a hypocritical piece of garbage.

  2. MT Geoff on 24/24/13 at 12:10 pm

    I saw a bit of this in the news. With all my distaste for Obama, this one needs a little consideration.
    Obama was speaking in Northern Ireland. Although “The Troubles” have more-or-less ended, Northern Ireland remains a house divided against itself along Protestant and Roman Catholic lines. The English fostered this split for about a hundred and fifty years, then they were surprised when it became near-civil-war.
    The “Catholic” and “Protestant” schools could refer more to the neighborhoods being voluntarily segregated (used to be by law) than to actual parochial schooling. With the children of Northern Ireland growing up in isolated schools and neighborhoods, the prospects of a peaceful and mutually respectful society are more difficult.
    Obama is a jerk and he may have phrased his concern badly. I would not close religious schools. But I think that wasn’t really his intend; instead, his concern was more likely the “echo chambers” of Protestant and Catholic neighborhoods, including their schools.