The Roman Catholic Church said today it would continue to teach black and "Colored" children at its schools despite government threats to close down schools that do so.
The Anglican church, meanwhile, gave notice that it plans to follow the Catholic example and open its now-segregated schools to all races.
Anglican Archbishop Bill Burnett of Cape Town said he will meet with the government's provincial administrator Monday to open Anglican schools in the Cape Province to all races. The Anglicans, the second-largest white church in South Africa after the Dutch Reformed, took a decision in principle last November at a synod to desegregate the schools.
A spokesman for a Catholic school in Port Elizabeth, 697 miles south of Johannesburg, said his school "will continue as normal." When it opened earlier this week, it admitted 32 black and mulatto pupils.
Sybrand van Niekerk, administrator of the Transvaal Province, and Lapa Munnik, administrator of the Cape Province, have both warned the Catholic church schools they would be shut down if they admitted nonwhite students in defiance of the government's segregation laws.
Sister Freehan, principal of the St. Catherine's Convent here, said she was aware of the government's education policy, but the convent was "following the teachings of Christ, to whom the color of childrens' skins means nothing."