One of London's leading Catholic schools, The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, appears to have lost a battle to retain control of its own Governing Body.
The School has been in a long running High Court battle with Westminster Diocese over the control issue and, in September,it secured an injunction effectively barring the way for the Church to appoint School Governors of its choice.
In an extract from a report in The Daily Telegraph, Sir Adrian stated that the Cardinal Vaughan School is no longer allowed to favour:
“families who go to Mass every Sunday, parents who have their children baptised within a year of birth, children who have made their first confession and first Holy Communion, families who are actively involved in their parishes or the wider life of the Church, and parents who have shown their commitment to a Catholic education for their children.”
Despite repeated meetings with Diocesan Education Director, Paul Barber and Bishop George Stack and all the legal wranglings it appears as if might is right and the Diocese can claim victory.
The views and opinions of the Headteacher, Governing Body, West Middlesex parish priests, parents and pupils count for nothing; from now on the School will have to admit all and sundry and the whole Catholic ethos of the School stands to be lost in a swamp of political correctness.
Back in January 2009, Damian Thompson quoted an anonymous priest as saying:
“I have never come across such a spineless, lily-livered bunch as our bishops – they just don’t want to stand up for anything that might cause offence. I think Cormac wants to leave the diocese the same way he arrived: covered in confusion and embarrassment"
What sort of organisation takes one of its own to court seeking to impose a Stalin like control over a high quality, sound, Catholic School? - Westminster Diocese!
Parents at the School are now considering an appeal but desperately need support. Email Archbishop Vincent Nichols at:- firstname.lastname@example.org to voice your disapproval and copy in Anna Arco email@example.com at The Catholic Herald (I hope she will not mind but it does help give the press a handle on how much opposition there is out there).