SPAIN BANS CRUCIFIXES IN THE CLASSROOM
From Euronews: The Macias Picavea state school in Valladolid must now remove the religious symbols from classrooms and public spaces. The case was sparked by a 2005 complaint from a parent and a local secular association.
The judgement is said to be the first of its kind in the country’s history.
Despite the provisions of the 1978 constitution, ensuring the separation of Church and state, Catholic symbols are prominent in many of Spain’s schools and colleges. The Vatican is equally unhappy with the judgement. An article in its semi-official newspaper, “L’Osservatore Romano”, said the move was motivated by “anti-religious hatred”.
And here is the Cardinal's reaction from CNA: Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, the Archbishop of Toledo...called it a doomed, “Christophobic” attempt to “impose a new culture” which forgets and denies both God and man.
Cardinal Cañizares responded to the decision, saying “it is an attempt to impose a new culture, a project of humanity that implies an anthropological and radical vision which changes the vision that constitutes our identity,” an identity Spaniards have received “from our predecessors.”
“Forgetting God is like forgetting and denying man himself, even if we hardly admit it,” the cardinal said, according to SIR. This leads to a “pathological situation” which permits abortion, euthanasia, experimentation on embryos and their exploitation for economic purposes.
He said such phenomena and the decision are not “isolated episodes” but reveal “a Christophobia which is nothing else but hatred for oneself.”
“We are suffering from a real pathology caused by the weakening, or even the destruction, of family which, along with the Church, is seen as an obstacle to be removed in order to impose the new project of man and society which has no future because, at the end, it is a project that destroys him,” Cardinal Cañizares remarked.