Yesterday, I thought, I better have a look at the report of The Forum on Patronage and Pluralism
in the Primary Sector. On Tuesday, I had read headlines like "Bishops welcome report" etc, I even heard Fr Michael Drumm on a radio news program "welcoming" the report. I naively thought, well it can't be too bad, (silly old me!).
So yesterday afternoon, I began reading through the 174 page report, and I still have not recovered. This report is the most anti-catholic report that I could ever have imagined. It seems that the powers to be want to divest school (no problem there), but it seems that the Catholic schools that will be left will not even be allowed to be Catholic. I have included some paragraphs from the report below. Read and weep. It seems that we Catholics, who make up 84% of the population, will not be allowed to say Catholic prayers, have Catholic celebrations, celebrate Christmas, have a nativity play, have a carol service, celebrate Easter in our Catholic schools, etc, if there is even one non Catholic child present. This suggestion is an outrage and a disgrace. 84% of the Catholic population will have to pretend not to be Catholic while in their Catholic school!
It seems that this entire process is driven by the needs of the minority, and while trying to cater for them, people have decided that the needs of the 84% Catholic majority do not matter. Apparently we have no rights.
Here are three paragraphs from the report, followed by my comments in red.
Catholic schools will not be allowed to celebrate Catholic, christian or any religious event if even one non Catholic child is present.
Catholic schools will not be allowed to display a crucifix, a cross or a religious statue unless we display every other religious symbol imaginable.