Obama sparks Catholic ire with claim: Parochial schools are ‘divisive’

President Obama suggested to a Northern Ireland crowd that gathered for the Group of Eight summit that parochial education leads to a divided community, irking some in the Catholic Church.

“If towns remain divided – if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden – that too encourages division and discourages cooperation,” he said, the Scottish Catholic Observer reported.

About 2,000 were in attendance – many of whom were Catholic – and heard the remarks, The Blaze reported.