The Catholic Church has defended faith-based education after a blistering attack from First Minister Peter Robinson.
On Friday the DUP leader described the current system, where Catholics and Protestants are educated separately, as a “benign form of apartheid” and said it must change.
He added that he did not object to church schools, but had a major problem with the state paying for them.
“It may take ten years or longer to address this problem, which dates back many decades, but the real crime would be to accept the status quo for the sake of a quiet life,” said the First Minister.
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