Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Catholic Bishop Accused of Religious "Fundamentalism" for Ordering a Crucifix in Every Classroom

Is this a sign of things to come for faithful Catholics?
A Roman Catholic bishop will be forced to explain himself to MPs today over fears that he is imposing religious "fundamentalism" on children.

Patrick O'Donoghue, the Bishop of Lancaster, will be questioned over his ban on what he calls "values-free" sex education in Catholic schools in his diocese and his order to put up crucifixes in every classroom.


Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
British Parliament Summons "Doctrinaire" Catholic Bishops

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At 3/12/2008 8:44 AM, Blogger Tito said...

Your link to the article directs us to different section of the paper.

At 3/12/2008 8:57 AM, Blogger Christine the Soccer Mom said...

I think part of the problem is that in the UK, the government pays for parochial schools as well as secular ones. Many people have commented that vouchers that are used at Catholic schools can bring about the same sorts of things in the US. One MP says that maybe the government shouldn't be giving money to the Catholic schools is this is what they are going to do. Conversely, one might argue that perhaps the Catholic schools oughtn't accept government money if this is what they are going to do.

At 3/12/2008 9:01 AM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

I've fixed the link. Thanks.

At 3/12/2008 9:03 AM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...


I've pointed out the connection between what's going on in the UK and the possibility of this happening with vouchers here in the States on several occasions.

It's the primary reason that I am not keen on vouchers, and prefer tax credits for private education instead.

At 3/12/2008 10:19 AM, Blogger Walter said...

Thanks for bringing light to this Jay.
I used this as an example in a post I wrote yesterday on the growing threats of anti-catholicsm and anti-christien in the west today.

Its a sign that Christendom (what's left of it) is not only under attack from Jihadists but also secular fundamentalists here at home.

You can read my solution here:

A Rosary For Christendom

At 3/12/2008 4:42 PM, Blogger Fidei Defensor said...

Couldn't a system be worked out whereas a private school getting voucher money would be contingent on a school staying true to some sort of memorandium of agreement which articulutates the values for which it exists? This would have the double advantage for Catholic schools of being protected from gov't intervention like we see in the UK but also would require the schools to stay very Catholic, thus for example. If a "Catholic" school were handing out contraception to the students on Friday, they would be violating their own charter and risking voucher money.


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