TOULON, France – The French law meant to banish Muslim headscarves from state
schools is finding unexpected targets in southern France, where some principals
have begun turning away Roman Catholic chaplains.
Five priests have been barred from state schools in the Var region despite
the fact that French law has long allowed them entry to meet Catholic pupils
there, according to the local diocesan spokesman Father Charles Mallard.
One school in this Mediterranean port city barred a priest
this week because he was wearing a cassock, the traditional black robe he wore
last year without
problem before the new law barring conspicuous religious symbols came into
I suggest a trade. France sends us cassock wearing priests and
we send them people like Fr. McBrien and Joan Chittister. They will never again
have to worry about priests wearing cassocks or religious habit wearing nuns