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Catholics, Anglicans oppose Hong Kong education bill

Anglican and Catholic Church leaders in Hong Kong have vowed to oppose a government move that would compromise their schools. - Zenit

Zenit news agency, quoting AsiaNews, reports, "Catholic Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun opposes the legislation which, invoking the principle of the 'democratization', deprives those in charge of schools of the right to decide on what is taught. Together with the Anglicans, Bishop Zen launched a campaign in some Hong Kong newspapers to oppose the bill."

The agency said, "Bishop Zen contended that the legislation violates the Basic Law, a sort of Constitution of Hong Kong, ratified by Beijing, in force since the end of British rule. The Basic Law states that the social structures of the territory cannot be modified for 50 years."

Zenit concludes its report saying, "The Hong Kong Diocese's 300 schools, institutes and colleges are known for their high quality."

Zenit - Catholics, Anglicans United Against Hong Kong Bill

17 Jun 2004