British Parliament Summons "Doctrinaire" Catholic Bishops
(Hat tip: Dave Hartline at Catholic Report)
From The Guardian (UK):
Roman Catholic bishops are to appear in front of a powerful committee of MPs amid fears that they are pushing a fundamentalist brand of their religion in schools. Bishops have called on parents, teachers and priests to strengthen the role of religion in education. In one case the Bishop of Lancaster, Patrick O'Donoghue, instructed Catholic schools across much of north-west England to stop 'safe-sex' education and place crucifixes in all classrooms.(emphasis added)
Barry Sheerman, chairman of the parliamentary cross-party committee on children, schools and families, said he had heard of other cases and felt that behind the scenes there was 'intense turmoil' about the future of Catholic education. '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,' he said. '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.'
A case in point as to why I oppose vouchers for private education here in the U.S. When government money gets involved in Catholic education, the education stops being Catholic. And to the extent said education remains Catholic, "doctrinaire" bishops, priests, and educators will be called on the carpet by the government.
Rather than vouchers, parents should receive a tax credit for the cost of private or parochial education.