Bishop: ‘Some schools Catholic in name only’

The Bishop of Lancaster Michael Campbell
The Bishop of Lancaster Michael Campbell

THE Catholic church should consider ending its ties with schools that are now “Catholic in name only”, the Bishop of Lancaster has said.

The Rt Rev Michael Campbell asked if it was right for parishioners to continue paying for the upkeep of schools where the majority of pupils and teachers belong to other faiths or none.

In his New Year’s pastoral letter to parishes, Bishop Michael said faith schools are meant to help the church in its mission of evangelisation.

“The hierarchies of both the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England have been accused of trying to make their schools more secular by relaxing admissions rules for the less devout,” he said.

See the Lancaster Guardian (12-01-12) for full story.