We often get stories about Catholic schools and how they have
deviated from the faith in what I call Catholic
Identity Theft. So it is not
often you see a story with a headline "College
too Catholic." In fact this is the first one I have ever seen.
STUDENTS at Bexley’s first sixth form college are in revolt because
they claim their Roman Catholic college is too Catholic.
Nearly a third of the students at St Luke’s College, Chislehurst
Road, Sidcup, have protested to headteacher Maria Williams, likening practices
at the college
to "fanatical religious cults".
The 16 to 18-year-olds claim they are forced to attend "evangelical talks" expressing
puritanical views on subjects such as chastity and homosexuality.
They say they were made to walk around the school field carrying
a statue of the Virgin Mary singing hymns and have been hauled into the principal’s
office for holding hands off college premises and told they were a "disgrace".
I can’t believe I enrolled at a Catholic school and then actually
had to be involved in a procession. Unbelievably they even try to preach the
Gospel to us and the truths of the Catholic faith. I mean a Catholic schools
being Catholic is not what we signed up for. Why can’t our school be like so
many other Catholic schools, I mean it’s not fair!
Another student said: "Although we accepted by going to
a Catholic college we would be signing up to the Catholic ethos, we had no
idea we were also joining an institution which embraced many values present
within many fanatical religous cults.
One of their complaints is about a mandatory talk given at the
school by Barbara McGuigan. She is the host of EWTN’s Open Line on Tuesdays
and founder of Voice of Virtue International. I listen to her shows and she
is wonderfully pro-life, a good speaker, and able to talk on the issue with
clarity and charity. I guess these truths were just too much for some students.