CRUCIFIX AT SCHOOL: PIZZABALLA (CUSTODIAN OF HOLY LAND), "A BEWILDERING RULING"

"Bewildering". The Custodian of the Holy Land, father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, disagrees on the ruling with which yesterday the European Court for Human Rights defined the presence of a Crucifix in a classroom as a "violation of the parents’ right to raise their children according to their own beliefs". "Our schools in the Holy Land – he states to SIR – are mixed schools, attended by Christian and Muslim students, Muslim students often being the majority; in the classrooms, we have the crucifix, and there are no problems at all. Different religious identities are respected, and their symbols are not considered to be a threat". "This ruling – the priest adds – shows that the Court intended to deprive Italy of its history, its tradition and its identity. Any reference to laicism is, I think, just an excuse".” ” ” ” ” “

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