Archbishop Leonard of Belgium
Belgium's Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard has sparked fresh controversy after recommending divorcees not be allowed to teach at Catholic schools, said a SAPA-AFP report on iol news.
Never one to mince words, Leonard stated in the October issue of church magazine Pastoralia that divorcees did not have a place in Catholic schools.
"For those who remarry after a divorce, it is preferable not to be a religious teacher or the head of a school," he said.
"It's outrageous," said the head of the Catholic headmaster and headmistresses board, Jean-Pierre Merveille.
"Legislation guarantees a clear distinction between private and public life," he told the national Belga news agency.
An official at the Catholic education secretariat (Segec), Conrad Van de Werve, said the recommendation would be tantamount to discrimination.
'Divorcees don't have a place in Catholic schools' (iol news/SAPA/AFP)
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