The response I received to a message of support for the stand taken by Mr. Matyjaszek against the new policy being imposed on our schools:
We have a Parliamentary Briefing with our Jewish and other
Ash Wednesday to brief MPs on the catastrophe this new policy is – please pray
for us. If you can ask the children who may come to Ash Wednesday Mass that
day to pray for us too, as people who want to make the education system work
fully and properly for all the children in the land as MPs will be thinking
about it from 5.30pm-6.30pm, that would be greatly appreciated. …
The figure by the way for the fall out from Birmingham is
over 1000 children are being home-educated. I was with Muslims on Saturday at a
conference. One weapon parents have is boycott. We are listing all Stonewall
Champion schools so parents can choose. England is Our Lady’s Dowry. In the end
she will triumph and protect her children. Of that we are sure. Thank you so much for writing. The
support is invaluable.
Priory School of Our Lady of
Isle of Wight PO32 6LP
Read Mr. Matyjaszek’s article on the subject by visiting ParentPower RSE – So It Begins
“The Church is intransigent on principle because she believes, but is tolerant in practice because she loves. The enemies of the Church, on the other hand, are tolerant on principle, because they don’t believe, but intolerant in practice because they do not love”. (My poor translation)
The statement concentrates on the key issues – not parties or manifestos – offering a series of points that can be put to candidates prior to voting.
The Bishops highlight the duty of all citizens – not just Catholics – to help shape politics that are “rooted in the service of human rights and peace”.
The innate human dignity of all – particularly the vulnerable and those on the margins – lies at the heart of the statement as the Bishops encourage everyone to “engage with the election and vote.”
In making judgments about how to vote, the Bishops ask that the following are carefully considered and, indeed candidates can be asked how they will uphold:
The innate dignity of every human being; defending both the child in the womb, the good of the mother and an understanding of the immeasurable good of a child not yet born?
The dignified care for those who are terminally ill and dying while resisting the false compassion of assisted suicide or euthanasia?
The needs of those who are frequently neglected or discarded by society such as people with disabilities, Travellers, older people, those who are homeless, those in prison and those trapped in modern slavery?
The process of integration of migrants and refugees who have made their homes here, challenging the global rise of xenophobia and racism that is so radically incompatible with our faith?
The rights of those in our own communities and overseas who “can see no end to the tunnel of extreme poverty,” providing them with assistance and confronting the structural injustices that compound their suffering?
Care for our common home and tackle the climate emergency which threatens the future of our entire human family and is already having a profound impact upon the world’s poorest people?
Freedom of religion and belief, ensuring that everyone has the right to exercise their conscience and practise their creed freely without fear?
The cherishing of marriage, recognising the essential place of the family in the service of life and of society?
The right of parents to educate their children in accordance with their faith and support the work of Catholic schools in their contribution to society and their promotion of the common good?
 Pope Francis: Message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees (14/1/18)
 World Council of Churches and Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development: Message from the conference on Xenophobia, Racism and Populist Nationalism in the Context of Global Migration (20/9/18)
 Pope Francis: Message for the 3rd World Day of the Poor (17/11/19)
 Pope Francis: Address to meeting on the energy transition and care of our common home (14/6/19)