The head teacher of a Roman Catholic school has told how she was forced to contact police over her decision to teach some pupils about contraception.
Diana Vernon, of Woldingham School, in Surrey, was sent hostile letters and e-mails by anti-abortionists attacking the move to teach girls aged 14 and 15.
Anti-abortion group UK LifeLeague said the school did not have to teach it.
But Miss Vernon said pupils were given a "clear sense" of Catholic Church requirements, as well as other options.
She said the independent girls school also followed Department for Education and Skills requirements.
"We make sure that the girls are aware of the options and then can leave here and make an informed moral choice for themselves," she said.
Not surprising that yet another Catholic school teacher view contraception as a requirement instead of a gravely sinful act. They must think they stay up nights late at the Vatican coming up with annoying requirements. "Hey here is one that will really stick in peoples’ craw." This I guess is the America Magazine approach to teaching. Here is what the Church teaches and here are some other options. Contraception is gravely disordered and here are some ways to go about it. Typical moral malpractice where someone’s eternal soul is jeopardized by someone who more than likely doesn’t agree with Church teaching.
And then there is the over reaction by calling the police because people who are actually pro-life wrote some letters in disagreement. Now probably some of those letters were not written very charitably, but I don’t think there are gangs of pro-life thugs waiting outside the school waiting to beat up teachers who are teaching grave error.
In another school though they do the right thing.
BUFFALO, N.Y. A Buffalo student who is openly lesbian says her Catholic high school won’t let her bring her girlfriend to the prom.
Church officials at the all-girl Villa Maria Academy say they have to stand by their principles.
And as you would expect though a good chunk of the school body in this Catholic school thinks this is wrongful discrimination.
She says she is being discriminated against, and she’s collected petition signatures from about a third of the school’s 130 students in support.
This audio interview with Laura Murphy is the typical I didn’t want to cause a commotion but I had to be true to myself. She even complained that if they had just said yes from the beginning that this wouldn’t have escalated.