The Spanish Episcopal Conference (CEE) has transferred to the Minister of Education, Isabel Celáa, a “proposal for the novel integration of the religion class and its mirror in civic values”, as announced last week by the bishop and secretary general of the CEE, Luis Argüello. The medium Alfa y Omega announced this Thursday that the Spanish prelates have proposed to the Government to integrate contents of their subject into a common subject of values where they can be explained from different perspectives, including the Catholic one.
Choosing is not always easy. In many cases, such as that of María Tovar and her children Mario (eight years old) and Jara (six years old), the possibility of attending an alternative class to religion is nil. The school where they are enrolled, in Cáceres, automatically offers the subject of religion. If the parents do not want to, they have to expressly request it. “In the end the children feel pressure. On the one hand all his classmates go to reli and, on the other, they get bored when they are put in the library to read a book. They feel alone and apart ”, says the mother.
A problem that Paco Delgado, president of Secular Europe, calls illegal. “There is jurisprudence that states that it is the parents who have to ask the center for the subject of religion and not the other way around. And that no school address is entitled to deliver a sheet at the beginning of the course for the tutors to decide if they want that subject. If these types of issues were carried out properly, religious enrollments would drop 30% in Spain, ”says Delgado.
67% of believers are not practicing
In Spain, 29% of the population considers themselves non-believers (atheists, indifferent and agnostic). Religious belief, as the report shows, is also a matter of age. More than half of young people between 18 and 24 years of age affirm that they do not believe in anything (52.2%), a trail that 48% of people between 25 and 34 follow, while only a minority of the population over 65 (10%) consider themselves non-believers.
The study also emphasizes the proportion of believers who do not practice it: two out of three people who profess a faith do not attend the rites, do not pray or are dissident of some doctrine of their religion or of the ecclesiastical hierarchy that the directs. Circumstance that is also reflected in liturgical celebrations as common as marriage. In 28 years, for example, church weddings have gone from representing 79.4% of the total to 21.1%. Another data to take into account are children born out of wedlock, which in 1990 accounted for 9.6% of cases and in 2018 they exceeded 47%. Figures that suggest that the famous phrase “every time a Spaniard is born, a Catholic is born” is being diluted by leaps and bounds.