Catholics try new tack in ethics row
This article was published in The Sydney Morning Herald 8 June 2010
The Catholic Church has joined the chorus of religious voices opposing the trial of ethics classes in schools.
It has organised a petition arguing that the classes should not be held ''in competition'' with scripture because it means religious children miss out on ethics.
This latest protest, which the Baptist and Uniting churches have also joined, takes a different tack to previous objections.
Whereas the Anglican church has argued children absorb ethics through the school curriculum and do not need the subject to be taught separately, the Catholics say their children should be able to take ethics classes too.