Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Bishop Patrick in Parliament

Tomorrow Bishop Patrick will appear before a House of Commons Select Committee, which is gathering evidence on faith schools. The Bishop was called to give evidence following the recent publication of his document, 'Fit for Mission? Schools', which has been highly acclaimed in the Church. Recently Cardinal Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (a post held until 2005 by a certain Cardinal Ratzinger) wrote a letter commending the document. Secularist MPs have expressed some concerns about aspects of the text, so tomorrow the Bishop gets his chance to defend himself. The future of faith schools is up for debate - a lot is at stake.