Catholic truth in England and Wales took a hit today with the release of a new document calling on Catholic schools to set aside multi-faith prayer rooms to accommodate Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh students, according to guidance.
A document issued by the Catholic Education Service said facilities for other faiths should be made available in all primary and secondary schools if possible.
Catholic schools in England and Wales should also consider adapting toilet facilities to accommodate ritual cleansing, the document said.
The guidance also said “respectful understanding” should be shown to pupils of other faiths who are withdrawn from or remain silent during Christian worship.
The advice – issued on behalf of the Catholic bishops of England and Wales – comes in response to new rules forcing all state schools to promote “community cohesion”.
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