MPs to grill 'doctrinaire' bishops
According to The Observer, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales and in particular, His Lordship the Bishop of Lancaster, are to face a tribunal of latter-day Cromwells to answer charges that Catholic education is, well, a bit too Catholic. Hurrah!
Damian Thompson rightly praised Bishop O'Donoghue for his clarity in insisting on a properly Catholic ethos for Catholic schools.We can see where the MPs are coming from. This from Barry Sheerman MP:
'It seems to me that faith education works all right as long as people are not that serious about their faith.'
Hmmmmmmmmm. You don't really get this faith, thing, do you, Barry?
Apparently, according The Observer things like promoting the Church's teaching on marriage, family and sex, not having anti-catholic polemics in the school library and not endorsing organisations which are anti-life (eg Amnesty)constitutes 'fundamentalism'. Guess that makes me a 'fundamentalist'. hey ho.
Catholic Bishops insist on a Catholic education. Who would have thought it? I wonder what else this committee of parliamentarian boobies will find out? That forestry land sometimes doubles up as lavatorial facilities for the ursine population? Perhaps their Lordships could inform the committee that the Bishop of Rome is a Catholic, too.
I hope the bishops, while maintaining the good manners of Catholic gentlemen will have the same attitude to these buffoons that St John Ogilvie had towards his tormentors:
"Your threats cheer me; I mind them no more than the cackling of geese."