Both my sons attend Catholic schools. They love it and are taught in a loving, family atmosphere.
Religious knowledge is only a small part of their lessons.
The discipline and moral standards are far better in these schools. To talk about closing them down is ridiculous.
If you must have all children attending the same schools, why not make them all Catholic schools?
Nina Boyle, Auchterarder.
SECTARIANISM existed in Scotland long before Catholic schools.
As someone who had a Catholic education I can assure Lord MacKay bigotry and sectarianism were not part of the curriculum.
Mrs J Greenhorn, Cambuslang.
I HAVE taught in Catholic and non-denominational schools. My experience suggests they do not foster bigotry.
In all the Catholic schools where I have taught the main aim of religious education is to encourage children to live as Christians.
This means exhorting them to love their neighbour, who may be Jewish, Orange, Muslim, Presbyterian or atheist.
Can anyone seriously suggest there is something wrong with putting across a message of love?
William Pickett, Bonhill.
WHATEVER happened to freedom and parental choice? Is the Catholic community in Scotland to become victims of the tyranny of the majority?
If there is a problem of social cohesion because of Catholic schools, why is there no similar problem in England where Catholic schools are widespread?
Catholic schools already have many non-Catholic pupils attending.
Walter Valentine (no address supplied).
AS A Protestant married to a Catholic, I think it is important religion is taught in schools.
It is a way of instilling moral and ethical principles at an early age.
James Simpson, Lochgilphead.
IF MORE theology and philosophy from all major religions was taught in schools, it would hopefully help some hate-fuelled youngsters understand the stupidity of their actions.
If Lord …