Tuesday, April 03, 2007

'Homophobic bullying': a stick to beat Catholic schools

Briefing: you have been warned! Any school that presents or even refers to normal family life as if it were, well, normal, will be marked down as guilty of 'homophobic bullying' by Ofsted. Ofsted reports have proved to be an excellent form of 'soft coercion' on schools: their guidelines don't have the force of law, but they can make a school's life very difficult all the same. An example of 'homophobic bullying' helpfully provided by the regulatory body is 'assuming that a child's mother's partner is male.'

Hat-tip to Hermeneutic of Continuity; further details and discussion there.

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen