Head ‘too religious’ to run a Catholic college
The head of a Roman Catholic college has quit after complaints from pupils that she was too religious.
Seventeen pupils at the sixth form college were suspended for a day for missing Mass, while others were forced to take part in a procession around the playing field carrying religious icons.
Some said they were made to listen to a lecture by US evangelist Barbara McGuigan, who claimed homosexuality was a disorder and if pupils had an abortion they would go to hell.
Now Maria Williams, principal of St Luke’s Catholic Sixth Form College in Sidcup, has resigned after a vote of no confidence by staff.
Michael Aldis, 18, one of the pupils excluded for skipping Mass, said: "We felt we should be allowed to make up our own minds whether to go. We had just a week before A-levels and wanted to spend the time revising. They used to herd us into Mass and then post teachers at the doors to stop us leaving.
"We were suspended for one day and then summoned to what the principal called a re-entry interview and allowed back."
Fr. Finnigan who is quoted in this article comments on it at his fine blog The Hermeneutic of Continuity (I feel smarter just reading blogs with titles like that.)