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PETITION. British Columbia. Legislative Assembly 1881

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 44 Vto. Petttton ot Roman Catholic Btphops. 51T
PETITION.
To the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia.
Tho humble petition of the Catholic Bishops of British Columbia, in tho name of
the Faithful under their spiritual jurisdiction,
Showeth:
First.—That tho Catholic population paying taxes for public school purposes do
not receive any benefit therefrom, as they are in conscience compelled to keep up their
own schools in order to procure to their offspring such education as their Church
requires.
Second—That the School Law, as at present framed, is partizan, favouring only
tho sect of it-religionists, and in abolishing religious instruction in order to suit those
who do not want it. Such law oppresses those who do want religious instruction for
their children.
Third.—That the absence of religious instruction in school does generally bring
forth immoral youths, and consequently is a source of evil. This is a fact acknowledged
by Catholics and by non-Catholics.
Fourth.—That tho present system of public schools requires poor people to pay for
the schooling of the rich man's children; whereas, the rich should pay for the instruction
of their own children, and the State should assist in educating the children of the poor.
Fitth —1'hat education is a duty belonging to i.ho parents of tho children, not to tho
State.
Sixth.—That we beg of j-our honourable bodj' to grant to the Catholic minoi'ity in
this Province the same educational advantages which the Protestant minority enjoys in
tho Province of Quebec.
Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that your Honourable House will favourably receive our request.
And your petitioners will ever pray.
John B. Brondel, Bishop of Vancouver Island.
\i. J. D'heubomez, Vicar Apostolic of British Columbia.
P. Paul Durien, Aux. Bisnop.

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