John Fisher School (JFS), Purley, Is Anti-Catholic – The Archbishop MUST End Catholic Status NOW!editor
From the Daily Express…
TEACHERS have “overwhelmingly” voted to go on strike after a gay author was banned from visiting pupils at a Catholic school.
National Education Union (NEU) activists said the banning of acclaimed children’s author Simon James Green from John Fisher School, in Croydon, south London, was “absolutely disgraceful”. They have now “overwhelmingly” voted to strike action against “a discriminatory working environment” after the Archdiocese of Southwark cancelled a talk by Mr Green, whose books feature gay characters. Source
That, right there, is a downright lie. The books do a heck of a lot more than “feature gay characters.” Click here for a taste of Green’s pornographic writings for kids, but be warned: “pornographic” is no exaggeration.
To check out the original reporting of this scandal here, at Catholic Truth, visit this page.
The Archbishop really has no option now, but to remove this school’s Catholic status, as set out by Pope John Paul II in Veritatis Splendor (Splendour of Truth) his letter to the bishops of the world, where he writes:
“We have the duty, as Bishops, to be vigilant that the word of God is faithfully taught. My Brothers in the Episcopate, it is part of our pastoral ministry to see to it that this moral teaching is faithfully handed down and to have recourse to appropriate measures to ensure that the faithful are guarded from every doctrine and theory contrary to it. In carrying out this task we are all assisted by theologians; even so, theological opinions constitute neither the rule nor the norm of our teaching. Its authority is derived, by the assistance of the Holy Spirit and in communion cum Petro et sub Petro, from our fidelity to the Catholic faith which comes from the Apostles. As Bishops, we have the grave obligation to be personally vigilant that the “sound doctrine” (1 Tim 1:10) of faith and morals is taught in our Dioceses.
A particular responsibility is incumbent upon Bishops with regard to Catholic institutions. Whether these are agencies for the pastoral care of the family or for social work, or institutions dedicated to teaching or health care, Bishops can canonically erect and recognize these structures and delegate certain responsibilities to them. Nevertheless, Bishops are never relieved of their own personal obligations. It falls to them, in communion with the Holy See, both to grant the title “Catholic” to Church-related schools, universities, health-care facilities and counselling services, and, in cases of a serious failure to live up to that title, to take it away.” (#116) [Emphasis added]
One of our English lay readers, however, doesn’t think this will happen: The school should have the name Catholic removed, but I can tell you, the Southwark Archdiocese won’t do that. They won’t stand up for the truth, they’ll just cower to the demands of the dissident masses. Catholic Truth priest sources say differently, confident that the archbishop will continue to hold firm. We repeat, however, that the best way for the archbishop to rid himself of this troublesome school is to remove its “Catholic” status. Leave it to sink or swim. My money is on “sink”. And fast.
Pray for the archbishop then, that – to quote Pope Benedict XVI (on his election to the papal office) – he may not flee for fear of the wolves, but stand up to the bullies who are attacking the Catholic Faith, and morals, through the smokescreen of this children’s author. In the words of the great Catholic educator saint, Don [John] Bosco, “Remember that knowledge without morals is the soul’s ruination.”
Southwark Archdiocese has a long history of covering up, or openly supporting dissident / LGBT events, and either giving lame reasons or no reasons at all for doing so. One example: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/anti-catholic-gay-lobby-group-met-at-uk-catholic-college-with-support-of-ar/ The reason I have little or no confidence is that I used to work with an organisation which dealt with such problems, and I remember quite a few incidents since the 1990’s. I am inclined to think that the Catholic Truth priest(s) – or their source(s) – are being over-optimistic. I remain unconvinced about Abp Wilson’s apparent determination, but time will tell. I’m sure, at the least, some compromise with the dissenters will be made. Probably on the quiet, to save face. And I do have a horse in this race. My godson and his sibling are in Catholic schools in that diocese, and live quite near to John Fisher school. There is a danger they will end up there, being taught by teachers who would rather strike because the diocese has so far refused to allow Catholic premises to promote blasphemy and what the Catechism refers to as “acts of grave depravity” that are “intrinsically disordered.” I have apprised the parents of my godson about this situation, and when they saw the excerpt from the book in question on this blog, they were shocked to the core. They will be even more shocked to learn that the teachers are coming out in strike in support of this author. If the Archdiocese capitulates, I will strongly advise the parents to send their children elsewhere.
A huge scandal was caused in a Southwark parish some years ago. A priest identifying as homosexual was eventually jailed for watching child pornography https://www.mylondon.news/news/west-london-news/former-catholic-priest-who-used-14834280 but before that, he was spared jail when he was caught the first time while still at the parish. A press report said that the court was told “(Fr) Higgins had spent many years dedicated to his role as a parish priest and his homosexuality had created a dilemma for him, given the views of the church, and the gay websites “provided an output for the stress”. https://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/10631603.former-richmond-priest-spared-jail-over-indecent-images/ What an irony that JFS wants to invite another person who identifies as ‘homosexual’ into their school.
Thank you for your thoughtful and informative comment. I’ll be sending the link to this thread to the archdiocesan office, so let’s hope and pray that your comment, among others, helps the archbishop to remain strongly resolved to seeing off the enemies of Christ and His Church who are working to destroy the Faith in his archdiocese – for that is what these striking teachers are, without doubt: enemies.
That Fr Edmund Higgins should have been jailed, IMHO. This nonsense about not doing anyone any harm just shows how little he understands the way sin affects the person. He may have thought he was not doing anyone any harm but his outlook on sin and morals was obviously skewed and he should never have been ordained in the first place. That’s obvious.
I suspect you’re right about the archbishop of Southwark coming to some sort of compromise with the gay lobby pushing for the author to have access to Catholic schools and children’s souls. I sincerely hope not, but, like you, I’m not confident, especially after reading that Pope Francis has given the go-ahead for a shocking homoerotic event in St Peter’s tomorrow. Who could believe any pope would do that. It’s scandalous, so yes, I think you’re right about Southwark.
He has been jailed now in 2018 I think it was. The first time he got caught in 2013, in the parish, I think he received a suspended sentence. It’s in the newspaper links.
ED none of us are perfect but we Know Right from Wrong and one also need not be Religious to know that Homosexuality is Diabolical in all it’s forms. We know although it’s never said now that Practicing Homosexuals Lives are cut short by Sodomy and also The Lesbian Lifestyle ,no matter How many Expensive in fact very Expensive Drugs wee Nic Especially makes available to them. AIDS has not gone away. Also as regards these useless Teachers it certainly doesn’t surprise me for as soon as it’s School Holiday time their out Disrupting people who have actual real jobs.
Also these Homosexual Pushing so called Catholic Teachers should be sacked as they have surely broken the Moral Teaching in their Employment Contract. Either way though this School is certainly not Catholic .
Although again though they’ll probably quote The Godfather.
I think the calibre of the archbishop will be seen in whether he takes away the name “Catholic” from the JFS. That’s about all he can do, really, to make it very clear that it is not acceptable for teachers to go on strike because they don’t “agree” with Catholic teaching on such an important moral issue. The school is not Catholic – that has to be made public by the archbishop, otherwise he looks weak, that he is willing to accept the unacceptable, i.e. that God’s law does not need to be enforced in a Catholic school, which makes a joke out of the whole idea of Catholic education.
Students have the last 3 weeks severely disrupted and exams are coming in the next weeks. They are a fraud, no vocation.
I’m afraid I am of the considered opinion that this strike is simply one more way of avoiding teaching – members of very profession are now programmed to do as little work as possible, as a result of the Covid debacle where people were paid to stay at home and get paid to do nothing.
No matter if some staff feel they have a genuine grievance over the book signing cancellation, this is not “a hill to die on”, as the ungrammatical saying goes. It’s an excuse to put off returning to normal teaching, marking, preparing for exams (the boring stuff) for as long as possible.
That’s all disappointing. I was under the impression that this archbishop was made of steel and would not buckle to the LGBTQ bunch. Time will tell, but it sticks in my throat that those teachers are collecting pay for working against the Church and her teaching. How dare they.
When I worked for the DWP if we went on strike we lost a day’s pay for each day’s strike, and also the employer’s pension contributions for that day, so it can’t be illegal to do that. If the teachers go on strike, they should not be paid as it is classed as unauthorised leave.
I thought the law required a ballot of all members to see if they could legally strike. It is shocking if they got the required numbers, because that would prove, once and for all, that this is no Catholic school and the teachers must be replaced, or the bishop remove the status of Catholic school. It has to be one or the other, it can’t go on as it has been, pretending to be a Catholic school, IMHO.
Yes, I seem to recall having ballots before a strike took place at the DWP, although I’m unclear if it’s a legal requirement. But the fact that the majority of teachers have opted to come out shows that they are Catholic in name only. ALSO – VERY IMPORTANTLY – don’t forget the disgraceful dissident parents of children at this school – some who came on this blog – who supported this author and his blasphemy. If a strike takes place and their work patterns / child care are disrupted, they might not be so keen on the idea. Not because they want to defend the Faith, but because it might upset their precious little routines.
As has been noted
“They won’t stand up for the truth, they’ll just cower to the demands of the dissident masses.”
On Friday as we heard the Passion read, Jesus told us
” I came into the world to bear witness to the Truth ; and all who are on the side of Truth listen to my voice.”
Truth, what is that? said Pilate.
Very sadly, and of great concern, is the fact that our world today does not want the Truth; it wishes to follow its own ends which so often are of satan, and those pushing these ends are are working for satan. They are against the will of God, the Truth, even those who claim to be Catholic.
I praise Archbishop Wilson for standing for the Truth until now, by making this stand against sodomy being given to children in one of his Catholic schools. Pray that he may continue to listen to Christ’s voice and stand with the Truth.
Truth regarding this matter is:
God is reviled by sodomy as clearly seen in Genesis 18 – 19. Angered by it, He destroyed those participating in it.
And as we religious say for Prayer during the day:
“Lord God and maker of all things, creation is upheld by you.
While all must change and know decay, You are unchanging, always new.”
GOD NEVER CHANGES.
And those trying to change the teaching of the Church, which those striking teachers are doing, are doing the work of satan! Let there be NO DOUBT!
They are trying to force the knowledge of a practice of the flesh which reviles God and which God destroyed those practicing, clearly seen in Genesis, upon children. Christ said, “Anyone who would do any harm to the least of these little ones, would be better cast into the sea with a great millstone round his neck” – TRUTH, Christ’s words. Harming the children is what those teachers are doing wanting sodomy thrust upon their children.
God Bless Archbishop Wilson for his stand untill now and pray that he continues to stand steadfast with the Truth, and is not overcome by the forces of the world and the flesh, the force of satan.
To you teachers striking, I say: you are doing the work of satan!
I agree with everything you say. Those teachers are definitely doing the work of Satan. That’s a fact, and I hope the archbishop takes his courage in both hands and keeps the line on this terrible abuse of Catholic education. If kids – especially boys! – are not safe from LGBTQA+ influences in a Catholic school, of all places, where will they be safe from it? The bishop has to stay strong.
You’ve summed it up perfectly when you quote Christ saying this: “” I came into the world to bear witness to the Truth ; and all who are on the side of Truth listen to my voice.”
The archbishop has to listen to that voice of Truth. He just has to, or he will face a severe judgment when he meets his maker.
Three cheers, hear, hear. I am with you all the way. If Archbishop Wilson gives in now, he’ll suffer eternally in the next life. I don’t know whether that will be in Hell or in Purgatory until the end of time, whatever, but this is big, this whole JFS scandal is very big. He has to stick to his guns and take what’s coming from the LGBTQ+ bullies in this life or risk the worst in the next life. I know what I think would be his best bet.
Many thanks for your incisive comment. Let’s pray that Archbishop Wilson does not follow in the footsteps of Pontius Pilate, querying the definition of Truth, and washing his hands of the very serious attack on the souls of the young boys in his spiritual care at the JFS.
I remain hopeful that he will not bend to the LGBT+ lobby.
It’s great to see a priest speaking up for Truth, it gives us laity heart to keep using our voices to fight the evil which is around us and mounting with every passing day.
I sincerely hope the Archbishop of Southwark is surrounded by sound advisers who are supporting him throughout this trial, for that is what it is, a trial of faith. I don’t think he will back down, even in the name of compromise, as that would make him look very weak. Praying for him.
I think ALL Catholic schools which are Catholic in name only should have the name Catholic withdrawn. They are falsely advertising and it is wrong to mislead parents and pupils that they are in a Catholic school when they’re really not, they’re in a school calling itself Catholic with maybe a few crucifixes on classroom walls. That’s not enough to be a Catholic school, and there is open dissent, especially in sexual matters, all over the place, so they do need to be exposed as Catholic in name only.
As you say, the John Fisher School striking teachers are doing the work of Satan. So are all Catholic teachers in supposed Catholic schools who are unaccepting of the teaching of the Church.
My only reservation is that when the crisis in the Church is over, hopefully soon (when the Consecration of Russia is properly done and the Third Secret revealed) then we would not have those schools to build on. It’s a tricky dilemma but my overall feeling is that these dissenting schools should not be masquerading at Catholic when they are anti-Catholic, as per the headline on this blog. They really are.
Lifesitenews has reported this teachers’ strike and mentions Catholic Truth Scotland. Caroline Farrow (who speaks up about trans issues – I’ve seen her on TV) puts an “important update/correction” on Twitter, which is given in the article where she says the PARENTS were behind the diocese’s decision to pull the author/book signing, not the blog article. I’m not on Twitter or I would point out that it was (as far as I know) the blog article which alerted the parents! LOL!
I could be misinterpreting her, but it seems she wants to play down the part CTS played in having the book signing stopped. I don’t like that.
Caroline Farrow is a very nice person, courageously speaking out on the LGBTQ+ dominance for a number of years now, latterly the “trans” issue, as you note. I doubt if she was “getting at” our CTS blog, just putting the record straight, to give the parents who complained to the archdiocese, their rightful place in this saga. Whether those parents were alerted by our report or not, I don’t know, but the main thing is they did complain to the archbishop. That’s all that matters really, and they are to be warmly congratulated for doing so.
ED just to Butt in and try and get your complete attention. If you had to name the worst Evil in The World today would it be Homosexuality.
The main reason I say this is it is this Filth that is not only tearing Western Society apart but it is most certainly Tearing Our Catholic Church apart. And we know at the moment who is winning it is The Rampant Sodomites especially with the Lesbians close behind who seem to be calling the Shots in Government and in Our Catholic Church.
I think it’s fair to say that T.C. probably wrote by the Horrible Arthur Roche but given it’s Blessing by Bergoglio was the work of Homosexuality at the very top in Our Catholic Church not their Catholic Church.
God Bless. J.D.
PS . I know you were a Good Teacher.
Also Laura, Caroline Farrow may have been told that by the diocese, because the bishops always like to play down the undeniable influence of blogs like CT, and divert attention from them, and the evils they are exposing.
I do wonder if those teachers who are threatening to strike have actually read the book in question. It is vile and totally unsuitable for young boys. Maybe they think that the author was excluded simply because he is homosexual? In which case their position is more understandable I suppose. But if they have read the book? Then they shouldn’t merely strike, they should resign because teachers who accept such dreadful literature should be nowhere near a Catholic school. Please God the Archbishop holds firm.
I’d bet you they have either read the book, or know of its contents, such as the blasphemous mockery of the Lord’s Prayer, and simply see nothing wrong with it. We have lost a few generations to the Faith now, and many so-called Catholics support what the Church has always, and continues to teach as immoral – activities like LGBTQ+++ etc, masturbation, contraception, divorce, adultery (unless they are the victim!). A large proportion of them no longer believe in the Real Presence and other key Catholic doctrines. In their eyes, anyone who holds to the Faith in its entirety is a bigoted fanatical lunatic. That’s the reality of the issue. Look at some of the comments on the http://www.change.org petition asking for the governors of JFS to be reinstated. Unbelievable. They clearly take their moral cue from the politically correct zeitgeist and not from the perennial teachings of the Church. You can see the devil disguising himself as an angel of light, as they try to take the moral high ground, by preaching ‘inclusivity’ and ‘being supportive to everyone’ etc. I seem to remember Our Lord saying ‘woe to those who call good evil, and evil good’.
I sincerely hope you are wrong about that. I’ve only read the scene which is published on this blog on another thread and it left me with crawling skin. Surely nobody could read that filth and think it’s acceptable for young boys (or girls) in any school to read, let alone a Catholic school?
If the archbishop reaches any compromise about this matter, then the title “Catholic” needs to be removed from him, as well.
This archbishop simply must end this school’s right to call itself “Catholic” – it is anything but Catholic, it’s the opposite. If the archbishop does cave in to the LGBTQ+ pressure over this, then he should prepare to cave in to their next demand, and the next, and the next, because they are insatiable. They always want more. Remember when they just wanted to be decriminalised, they were not saying their life choice was equal to heterosexual life, what happened to that? They’ve gone from demanding the right to sodomy to taking away the rights of anyone who dares to say there’s anything wrong with sodomy to the rights of anyone who disagrees with them about anything. And before I’m accused of being a bigot, I have a close relative who is gay, with a live-in partner.
Yet again, I have to say I am so glad that I decided to home-school my children. I had a good career, with promotion prospects so it was a tough decision at the time, but I thank God I made the right choice every time I read about schools like this. They seem to be all pretend Catholic schools and I agree with everyone who said that the archbishop should deprive them of the title Catholic, definitely. As parents, we will have to answer for the choices we make in life and if we don’t put the souls of our children first, we will have a very hard time explaining what was so important that we were willing to risk the eternal salvation of our children when we meet God at our judgement. Handing them over to teachers who have anti-Catholic beliefs and morals, is extremely dangerous. I urge every parent reading this blog to do your utmost to home-school even if it means sacrificing material benefits. Jesus teaches us that it is no good to us at all if we “gain the whole world” but in the doing, lose our souls – and the souls of our children. We should pray for Archbishop Wilson that he has the grace and courage to stand up to the gay cabal in that school.
The real purpose and goal of one of the pillars (??) of Vatican II comes clearly into view with such situations as this. It was not to “open the windows” and “update” the Church – it was to destroy the Catholic identity of the faithful by making their thought and behavior synonymous with profane thought and behavior.
Obviously, that destruction has been a complete success among the faculty of this school…and among many of the parents.
Sidebar question: how many of this faculty are actually Catholic (whether CINO or otherwise)?
Good question – I’ll see if my sources down there in deepest England can find out…
It is a good question RCA Victor. I’m finding more and more that mainstream ‘Catholic’ apostolates and organisations, as well as places of education, are almost entirely staffed by non-Catholics and CINO’s.
That’s right and I’m hoping these Catholic organisations, including the schools, will go the same way as the so-called Catholic newspapers – into extinction!
Hear, hear! I couldn’t agree more.
My source south of the border replies to your question about the number of Catholics on the staff at JFS, as follows:
“I am not sure. I don’t think many even claim to be Catholic. The head does though, he is the ultimate CINO.”*
*Catholic in name only
This article spells out how a Catholic school should operate, what makes a Catholic school Catholic – and the teachers are key. According to this, JFS is far from being a Catholic school, as we already know, anyway.
I don’t understand why it is not a requirement for those who are involved in Catholic schools, either as parents, teachers or governors, to make a sworn oath and sign a contract to promote and uphold all the teachings of the Church at all times.
Without that, how are anti-Christian, anti-Catholic activists prevented from entering and undermining the school’s sacred mission?
At one time it was, indeed, a requirement for non-Catholics to sign a declaration that they would not do anything to undermine the ethos in Catholic schools. But when you have Catholics (albeit in name only), Heads and staff, undermining the ethos in Catholic schools it’s not so easy to demand higher standards from those officially Protestant, agnostics and atheists. Be fair.
This has come to me today – support from the Socialist Appeal who wish to use the JFS to stoke typical Communist class warfare. They turn the situation on its head, claiming to be the oppressed, whereas, in fact, it’s those seeking their right to uphold Catholic teaching, who are being oppressed. It’s that diabolical disorientation again.
However, there are also letters published in The Tablet, one from a woman arguing that Catholic schools are not homophobic, [because] we have gay teachers and visitors, blah blah. Which means, Mrs (oops Dr) Wummin that they’re NOT Catholic. Also a priest, Fr Bob Eccles, Cambridge, who describes Noah Cant’ Even as “of course, a highly moral book”. He summaries the filth quoted elsewhere on this blog, taken directly from that “highly moral book”, saying “Noah and his companions make out…”
God help us all. Apostate priests and weak bishops coupled with clueless laity – quo vadis?
Below, an extract from a very kind and encouraging message which I received today…
(Note: NEU = National Education Union):
Yesterday during the NEU event at The John Fisher School, Catholic Truth was named in different moments as an ally of our Archbishop. Thank you…
The NEU event was attended by teachers and parents, so clearly, there are some teachers and parents who are right-thinking about this book-signing scandal, recognising it as such. Keep praying for the JFS.
This debate continues apace – a reader has just sent me this statement from the archdiocese, Education Commission, coinciding with an email from the BBC asking if I would be willing to be interviewed via Zoom as they are covering this strike…
Statement re. The John Fisher School, Purley
As with all Catholic schools, The John Fisher School is a welcoming and inclusive place for all pupils, and we were extremely pleased that this was recognised by Ofsted. The Archdiocese of Southwark was concerned however, that there were inaccuracies in the report surrounding the cancelled visit of Mr Green, with evidence appearing to be drawn solely from media reports. The Diocesan Education Commission has today written to Ofsted asking them to review the report again.
Respect for the God-given dignity of each human life sits at the heart of Catholic education and respect is a two-way street. Literature that insults the faith, which in the case of Mr Green’s book was a highly sexualised re-writing of the Lord’s Prayer, understandably causes offence to many Christians, and as such has no place in a Catholic school.
It is important that the school can now move on from this, and the Diocesan Education Commission will continue to work with the Local Authority, Governing Body, unions, and senior leaders at The John Fisher, in the best interest of parents, pupils and all members of staff. Ends.
I’ve asked for details from the BBC regarding timing of the interview and whether it would be live or pre-recorded. Having already been mis-represented by a former Channel 4 (later BBC) journalist, Sarah Smith when I agree to a pre-recorded interview some years ago (again on the subject of Catholic schools), I’m not keen to risk that again.
Some time later…
BBC London reported on the teachers’ strike at the JFS today; they led with it on their lunchtime news, and again at 6.30pm. I was invited to contribute to the 6.30pm broadcast, and so…
After agreeing to be interviewed by Zoom, understanding that it would be very short – the BBC woman said the whole package was just 3 minutes, so each contributor would be limited to around 30 (ridiculous) seconds – I tuned in online just now and my piece was not included.
Of course, all I said was that it was not true to say that the author was “cancelled” because he was gay, nor is it true to say that his book only featured a gay character, that is simply not true, there were graphic sexual descriptions, entirely unsuitable for pupils in Years 8 and 9. (I knew the interviewer, Guy something, didn’t like that, he kept rephrasing his question to get me to drop those points, but I kept repeating them). I said that Catholic schools cannot permit the promotion of sexual activity of any kind outside of marriage, including cohabitation – only marriage between one man and one woman for life, is permitted.
Clearly, it didn’t chime with the usual BBC agenda. Anyway, I’ve lodged a complaint with the BBC, and hope others, bloggers and readers, will do likewise… They excused the short space of time allotted to me by saying they had to provide “balance” in their report, implying that all sides of the situation would be represented. False. Here’s what happened.
1) Usual biased introduction of Catholic school versus poor LGBTQ+ The JFS summarised to make Church look bad.
2) Interview with Education Union man.
3) Interview with parent of boy at the school, she being in a same-sex relationship (can’t remember if they said “marriage” but, whatever, there is at least one pupil at the JFS with two mothers!)
4) Graphics: lobbying group at school gates flying rainbow flag and posters.
5) Statement from the archdiocese posted on the screen at one point
6) Author quoted and pictured
Oh, yes, very balanced. Very, very, VERY balanced. Not!
Report on Catholic School on BBC London
I was asked to be interviewed by Zoom this afternoon, to explain why I supported (and indeed called for) the cancellation of a book-signing by a gay author at The John Fisher School in Purley. I took cognisance of the fact that time was short and I stuck to a very short comment, as requested. I was told this was to ensure “balance” in the broadcast going out at 18.30 this evening. Yet, there was nobody interviewed who supported the archdiocese – my piece was not included. I had broken my resolve never to agree to any interview with the BBC again (they’ve done this before) so I will not break it again. I do not want EVER to be contacted by the Biased Broadcasting Corporation again. I have absolutely no respect for this organisation, at all. Ends.
Everybody sign, please! Join this petition! The Right Reverend Marcus Stock – Chairman – the Catholic Education Service: Ban books promoting the LGBTQ agenda in Catholic schools: https://citizengo.org/en/node/207544?utm_source=em&utm_medium=e-mail&utm_campaign=&utm_content=typage
Many thanks for this – which went into moderation for some unfathomable reason. I’ve now signed and will also post the link on the new top thread.
An update on the JFS scandal.
I’ve seen some coverage in the media (including a good commentary on GB News) but this one from the Catholic Herald, while it has its good points, is also disappointing.
I’ve been an admirer of Laura Perrins, having read some of her stuff at The Conservative Woman, and seen her interviewed on GB News a few times. Therefore, it was a bit disappointing to read the above article about the John Fisher School scandal, where she falls short of explaining that the Church prohibits ALL sexual activity outside of a marriage between man and woman.
There is also a reluctance to speak or write about the importance of purity, the virtue which enables us to live a chaste life, whether single, married, ordained or living in religious vows. The content of reading material in Catholic schools, therefore, must be conformed to that standard. To be fair, Laura Perrins does refer to virtue, as follows:
Let’s be clear: Catholic schools have a duty to imbue their students with a love for the truth, beauty and for God. This author does not do this therefore he has no reason to be at that school. Catholics schools should be cultivating Christian virtues in their students – those virtues being chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness and humility. There is nothing kind about exposing children to sexually explicit material, and parents and educators should be diligent in guarding the innocence of their charges.
However, there is no emphasis on the central teaching about sex – i.e. that it is prohibited outside of marriage. Even the best of the commentators feels to need to show “tolerance” etc towards those engaged in what the Church prohibits, Laura Perrins (disappointingly) included.
Why is that?
Vanessa Feltz interviews a parent from the school who is part of a parents’ strike against the teachers’ strike! https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0c1bbvl
The parent is terrific.