The historical and contemporary debate about the relation of Catholic schools in Scotland and the social problem of sectarianism

Stephen McKinney


There have been claims that contemporary Catholic schools in Scotland are related to sectarianism by the Church of Scotland, academics, the secular lobby, the press and media and public figures, at various points in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. These individuals and groups have all highlighted the anomaly of state funded educational institutions being allegedly related to a serious social problem - sectarianism. This article presents a close examination of these claims and argues that there is very little empirical evidence to substantiate the alleged relation between contemporary Catholic schools and sectarianism.


faith schools; Catholic schools; Scotland; sectarianism; social problems

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DOI: 10.6092/issn.1970-2221/4680

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