Now I order you to retain this creed for your nourishment throughout life and never to accept any alternative, not even if I myself were to change and say something contrary to what I am now teaching, not even if some angel of contradiction, changed into an angel of light, tried to lead you astray. For even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which you have now received, let him be accursed in your sight. – St Cyril of Jerusalem
Catholic Education is Indispensable in Transforming the Culture
Ireland’s De La Salle College, Waterford, in 1902
In increasingly secular Ireland, some non-Catholic parents are complaining that they can’t find any non-Catholic schools in which to enroll their children. Indeed, the Catholic Church in Ireland still owns and operates over 90% of the schools. One mom, who is an atheist, fretted that if she sends her daughter to the local school she might be “indoctrinated” into the Catholic faith.
Having just returned from Ireland, however, it seems that this mom’s fears are misplaced. Many Irish Catholic parents told me they are concerned about precisely the opposite problem: that by sending their children to Catholic schools they risk having their children indoctrinated out of the faith. Whether in Southern or Northern Ireland, the comments I heard from parents…