ERIC Number: ED269851
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Mar-31
Reference Count: 0
Religion, Politics and Catholic Schools.
Pollard, John E.
Political and social issues have moral dimensions that make them proper subjects for consideration from a religious perspective. The separation of church and state is not intended to prevent religions, religious leaders, or religious beliefs from playing a role in the development of public policy, but instead to prevent favoritism or discrimination among religions on the part of the state. Relating religion and politics productively depends on several factors: religious institutions must recognize their unique missions as moral authorities; governments must accept the democratic and pluralistic basis of their authority, including the religious element; and society in general must understand that public policy does involve moral issues that must be addressed. Considering their privileged tax status, churches must be prudent in their political involvement, focusing on issues and transcendent values rather than on the merits of specific parties, candidates, or measures. Court decisions interpreting the separation of church and state in cases involving parochial schools or religious education have sometimes recognized that public support for private education can enhance the public's free exercise of religion, but other recent decisions have effectively impaired religious freedom in an overemphasized effort to avoid possible government entanglement in religion. (PGD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Catholic Educational Association (Anaheim, CA, March 31-April 3, 1986).