UK – Jewish-Catholic School to Open in Scotland Considered First of Its Kind

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THE ALGEMEINER – A new school campus opening in western Scotland that will unite Jewish and Catholic students is deemed the first of its kind in the world, the UK’s Premier reported on Wednesday.

The $20.9 million development, in Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire, will replace the suburb’s current Jewish school, Calderwood Lodge, and will serve as an additional primary school for the Catholic community. East Renfrewshire Council leaders said the new facility will reflect aspects of both faiths and include a shared space at the center of the building where Jewish and Catholic students can interact.

Jewish and Catholic leaders on Tuesday blessed the grounds where the joint faith school will be built and laid ceremonial stones at the site. The ceremony was attended by East Renfrewshire Council members, the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council and students from both the Calderwood Lodge and St. Cadoc’s Primary School.

A picture posted on Twitter by the East Renfrewshire Council shows Rabbi Rubin from Giffnock Synagogue and Monsignor Monaghan from St Cadoc’s parish at the construction site.

“After nearly two years of planning and discussion between the authority and the two communities, it’s wonderful to see Rabbi Rubin and Monsignor Monaghan pray for God’s blessing as the construction begins,” said Father Thomas Boyle, the Catholic Education representative for East Renfrewshire Council. “May their blessings continue to be on both schools for the future.

Paul Morron from the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council called the uniting of Jewish and Catholic primary schools on one campus a “momentous initiative.” He added, “It delivers a powerful message to the wider community that two different faiths can work in close cooperation.”

Mhairi Shaw, director of Education at East Renfrewshire Council, said: “The joint faith campus is an excellent example of our creative and sector-leading approach to providing high quality education services and facilities shaped by the views of our residents and community partners.”

It is unknown when the new school will open.

  1. #1 by Dante Ardenz on 05/08/2016 - 9:34

    Disgusting …Jews are the Old Covenant ,Roman Catholics the New.
    Jews are exclusive ,the West inclusive faith.

    Jews are Yahweh .Catholics are Christ .

    More abomination on the road to one world religions which worships Yahweh /Jews .

  2. #2 by Richard Edmondson on 05/08/2016 - 9:34

    So what are they going to teach these Catholic kids about who killed Christ? Like all examples of “interfaith dialogue” this will end up being a one-way street, with the Jews making all the demands and the Christians making all the concessions.

  3. #3 by nooralhaqiqa on 05/08/2016 - 9:34

    The Pope must be ecstatic….

  4. #4 by rehmat1 on 05/08/2016 - 9:34

    I bet Pope Francis must be very excited. He told his sheep that every good Christian carries a ‘Jewish soul’.

  5. #5 by Omar Mohammed on 05/09/2016 - 9:34

    Have these Catholics read the Christian bible?

  6. #6 by Tapp on 05/12/2016 - 9:34

    The Catholics are a lost group today… It was planned that way. You know who.

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