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Vatican rep. compares U.S. to repressive Communist governments.

The United States' refusal to offer subsidies to private religious education puts the country in the same league with repressive Communist nations, a Vatican official said recently.

Archbishop J. Michael Miller This article is about the Canadian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. For the microbiologist, see J. Michael Miller (microbiologist).
John Michael Miller, CSB (born July 9, 1946) is a Canadian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church.
, secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education The Congregation for Catholic Education (in Seminaries and Institutes of Study) [Congregationis de Institutione Catholica quo ordo studiorum in Facultatibus Iuris Canonici innovatur , blasted U.S. education policy during a speech at Catholic University of America Catholic University of America, at Washington, D.C.; the national university of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States; coeducational; founded 1887 and opened 1889.  in Washington. Miller said Europeans are "absolutely amazed" by the lack of private school funding in America and said that policy puts the country "in the company of Mexico, North Korea, China and Cuba."

Miller, a native of Canada, said Catholic schools make "enormous contributions to society" and called government funding of them "so fundamental to the life of the church that this struggle cannot be given up," reported Catholic News Service and the far-right Catholic paper The Wanderer.

Miller followed his demand for public funding Public funding is money given from tax revenue or other governmental sources to an individual, organization, or entity. See also
  • Public funding of sports venues
  • Research funding
  • Funding body
 with remarks highlighting the sectarian nature of Catholic education. He said Catholic schools should be marked by "a profound Christian anthropology This article is about Christian anthropology. For other uses, see Anthropology (disambiguation).
In the context of Christian theology, theological anthropology refers to the study of the human ("anthropology") as it relates to God.
" and asserted that in a Catholic school the church's theology should be "what anchors the system."

Added Miller, "Catholicism should permeate permeate /per·me·ate/ (-at?)
1. to penetrate or pass through, as through a filter.

2. the constituents of a solution or suspension that pass through a filter.

 not just the class period of catechism or religious education, or the school's pastoral activities, but the entire curriculum."

Miller went on to discuss the situation in Ontario, where he was raised. Ironically, he noted that Catholic schools there were gradually pressured by government officials to stop imposing religious qualifications on teachers after they started receiving state aid.

"The result was disastrous," Miller said. "With the influx of non-Catholic teachers, many schools ended up by seriously compromising their Catholic identity."

Critics say Miller apparently does not understand that the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  declines to fund religious schools out of concern for church-state separation, not out of hostility to religion, as is the case in the North Korea, Cuba and China.
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Title Annotation:Archbishop J. Michael Miller blasted education policy
Publication:Church & State
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2005
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