But Peter Lavery, North Lanarkshire, insisted: "The Church has a safeguard not a veto."
Tom Donnelly, a self-confessed "cultural Catholic" who works in a non-denominational Glasgow secondary, hit back: "Safeguard from whom? Is the Catholic faith so fragile and unsure of itself that it cannot allow me to teach in a denominational school? It is an absolute disgrace that I can teach Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Jews but not Catholics."
Tom Murphy, Glasgow, said: " Catholic schools are different and there is no point in disguising it. The EIS is big enough to house all opinions and beliefs."
Delegates passed the motion by a large majority.