Neither statutory rules nor our document "Christ at the Centre" suggest, as Professor John Howson alleges, that Catholic school governing bodies appoint the "best Catholic" in preference to the "best person" ("Give jobs to believers, Catholic chief says", TES, November 11).
Applicants for teaching posts should be selected on the basis of the job description and person specification. Therefore, preference for a practising Catholic should only be given where a choice has to be made between two or more applicants of equal merit.
Fr Marcus Stock
Director of schools Archdiocese of Birmingham, Diocesan Schools Commission 61 Coventry Road, Coleshill Birmingham