In the context of today’s multi-cultural and multi-faith society the Church is mindful of the need to develop in young people a deep respect for people of faith and a recognition of the religious freedom of all. While respecting all pupils’ opinions and faith backgrounds, teachers in Catholic schools will propose Roman Catholic beliefs and values as objectively true and relevant.
other Christian denominations
It is important to ensure that Catholic children should be helped to live harmoniously with others of different denominations. Moreover, it is recognised that acquiring knowledge and understanding of other Christian denominations will be of benefit to them in understanding their own faith. Pupils will, therefore, be encouraged to learn ‘about’ and to learn ‘from’ other Christian denominations.
other world religions
When teaching about other world religions, teachers can make clear that the teachings, values and practices of the Catholic Church are both an answer to, and a transcendence of, humanity’s deepest needs and hopes. Such an approach will conform to the dual fidelity to God and to the person, and treats other world religions with due respect and understanding.
other stances for living which may be independent of religious belief
By drawing upon the general experiences of students, some consideration will be given to the non-religious symbols, rituals, important texts and beliefs that feature in society. However, systematic study of stances which may be independent of religious belief will not form part of the content of programmes of Religious Education in Catholic schools.