The fight against the Church has just taken a new turn in Spain, with the lower house of Parliament voting on a law reforming the education system that is supported by the government of union of the left and the extreme left, chaired by Pedro Sanchez.
Called the “Celaa law” - because it is championed by the Minister of Education, Isabel Celaa - the law voted on November 19, 2020 by the Congress of Deputies or lower house of the Spanish Parliament, had been promised from the creation of the heterogeneous coalition in power today.
Hearing the language put forward by the Minister of Education, the reform would consist in setting up an education system which would “abandon elitism in favor of equality.”
In fact, it is neither more nor less than a race to the bottom: the eventual disappearance of public subsidies to private schools - mostly Catholic -, the programmed disappearance of religious education offered in public schools, by virtue of the concordat still in force between the Holy See and Spain.
Now we see how these fiercely anti-Catholic politicians ignore the past as much as the law.
The right-wing parties attached to the unity of Spain are not happy with the Celaa law either, since it plans to eliminate the primacy of the Spanish language in primary and secondary education: a way to divide the country a little more, and to give voice to the independence parties, historically opposed to the right-leaning Popular Party. Needless to say, the project also gives pride of place to all ideologies related to gender non-discrimination.
An alliance of groups opposed to the government project was born: MásPlurales, on November 22, 2020, organized demonstrations in about twenty cities of the country.
For its part, the Spanish episcopate reacted softly, “deeply (regretting) all the obstacles and constraints that they want to impose on the actions of the Catholic institutions under contract,” and accusing the socialists of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) and the extreme left Unidas Podemos in power “of opposing educational entities and institutions.”
Isabel Celaa brushed aside these criticisms in El Pais, retorting firmly: “It is impossible to get along with those who are concerned only with their own well-being.”