The Catholic Education Commission (CEC) has warmly welcomed a recent Scottish Parliament motion which praises the contribution made by Catholic schools to Scottish society. The motion (S1M-3883) proposed by Labour MSP Brian Fitzpatrick, welcomes; "the important past, present and future contributions of Catholic schools to the better education and national life of Scotland". It goes on to, "affirm and support the right of all parents to choose Catholic schools for their children".

Speaking after a recent meeting of the CEC, National Field Officer John Oates, commented; "Having recently celebrated Catholic Education Week (16 - 23 February) it is very heartening to see such high profile recognition being given to the contribution made by Catholic schools to the national life of Scotland." Mr Oates added; "I will be contacting my own MSP and urged them to add their name to the list of those who have already supported this endorsement of Catholic Education."

Supporters of Mr Fitzpatrick's motion include, Labour MSP's Michael McMahon, Kenneth MacIntosh and Angus MacKay, SNP MSP's, Michael Matheson, Gil Paterson and Adam Ingram and Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser.


The motion can be viewed, together with the list of MSP's who have signed it at:

the full text is shown below:

Peter Kearney
Catholic Media Office
0141 221 1168


Brian Fitzpatrick: Catholic Education Week - 16 to 23 February 2003-That the Parliament acknowledges family life as an important initiation into living in society; further acknowledges that parents are the principal and first educators of their children; recognises the key role of all educators in giving our young people instruction and formation that is respectful of shared truths, the qualities of the heart and the moral and spiritual dignity of humankind; welcomes the important past, present and future contributions of Catholic schools to the better education and national life of Scotland; notes the success of many denominational schools in fostering school ethos and, in particular, in improving the academic achievements of disadvantaged youngsters; affirms and supports the right of all parents to choose Catholic schools for their children, and extends its best wishes to all involved in preparations for events taking place for Catholic Education Sunday and Week from 16 to 23 February 2003 and the establishment of the new Catholic Education Service. Supported by: Paul Martin, Cathie Craigie, Angus MacKay, Mr Michael McMahon, Karen Whitefield, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Kate Maclean, Pauline McNeill, Cathy Peattie*

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