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Report Jewish High Schools in Argentina Will Have to Provide Catholic Religious Instruction

A World Jewish Congress bulletin issued in Geneva reported that Jewish high schools in Argentina will have to give compulsory classes in Catholic religious instruction. The bulletin said students attending the first two high school grades between the ages of 12-14, will have to attend these religious classes.

Jewish schools in Argentina used to hold special classes in civics during the time allotted for religious instruction but an Argentinian Ministry of Education order dated Feb. I, 1979, will force them. as of next year, to replace these optional studies with religious teachings. The Minister of Education, Juan Raphael Amadeo, stressed of the time the decree was issued that it would apply to all high schools, public as well as privately owned.

Argentina’s Cardinal Paul Primatesta explained that all students in “a Catholic country like Argentina should have some knowledge about the religion of their fellow Argentinians, “Many non-Jews attend Jewish high schools which have an excellent reputation.