Catholic Schools Too Catholic For Some

by Mike on January 1, 2008

in Religion,UK Politics

UK MP Barry Sheerman apparently isn’t very fond of Roman Catholic Bishops who seek to teach Roman Catholic doctrine in Roman Catholic schools. Reacting to Lancaster Bishop Patrick O’Donoghue’s call for abstinence education and crucifixes in Catholic school classrooms, Sheerman has requested that the Bishop appear before his Parliamentary committee because according to the MP:

A group of bishops appear to be taking a much firmer line and I think it would be useful to call representatives of the Catholic church in front of the committee to find out what is going on . . . It seems to me that faith education works all right as long as people are not that serious about their faith. But as soon as there is a more doctrinaire attitude questions have to be asked. It does become worrying when you get a new push from more fundamentalist bishops. This is taxpayers’ money after all.

I realize that the Roman Catholic Church can now boast larger attendance than the state-established alternative, but demanding Parliamentary hearings regarding how Catholic schools are run, whether they receive tax dollars or not, is a little over the top. Needless to say, stories like this should make American Christians grateful for the First Amendment which protects our God-given religious liberty.

Our British Catholic friends will be fine though. This Bishop O’Donoghue doesn’t seem likely to roll over. If St. Thomas More could resist Henry VIII’s demands, then Bishop O’Donoghue should have no problem handling this Sheerman fellow.

Hat tip: Creative Minority Report

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