There will be another candlelit vigil outside the Vaughan School at 89 Addison Road, London W14 8BZ on 6th April at 6.15pm. Please support in person if you are able or support with prayers if not.
Bishop Stack sent me another lengthy letter last week (again signed by technology rather than his Lordship). It contained all the normal generalisations regarding Catholic education (normally churned out by the CES). The last paragraph ended with "I hope you will be able to support the Diocese in protecting the Catholic character of all our schools"
"Sorry my Lord? are you telling me that Catholic schools have a good Catholic character? You need to go to Specsavers"
Many Catholic schools in England and Wales do not have what I would describe as a 'Catholic character'. They are full of politically correct teachers who are much in the mould of the 'Weaving the Web' type of religious teaching.
The standards of religious knowledge shown by pupils is abysmal. Ask an eleven year old to list the Sacraments or to define grace.
I am well aware that there are many good Catholic teachers (and bloggers) but we are in the realm of generalisation here and the bad outweighs the good as far as I am concerned. For the Bishop to infer otherwise shows what strange standards Eccleston Square must abide by.
The Cardinal Vaughan Parents would also like us to question the Board of Governors...formulate your own questions or forward the questions below to the Clerk of the Governors at email@example.com but before Wednesday please!
Here they are:-
1 Paragraph 48 of the adjudicator’s report reports that the diocese objected to the 10% selection of musically gifted boys on the basis that this would be detrimental to other schools . It is alarming that the diocese should prioritise the needs of a school before the needs of pupils.