Pope backs a 'decisive response'
"Just two weeks ago, the Pope said to me and other bishops of Scotland: 'I am aware that you have vigorously reaffirmed the Church's right to establish, conduct and govern schools freely and in accordance with the right of Catholic parents to have a means of ensuring their children's education in the faith.
"'Whenever these rights are threatened, a decisive response is called for.' "Choice in itself is a good thing, and the Church upholds the parent's right to choose - the choice of a Catholic school is after all an example of a parent using his or her right to choose.
"However, I would be concerned that the right could be exercised in such a fashion that popular Catholic schools received so many placing requests from non-Catholics that Catholic pupils could not get into Catholic schools in their area because there were too many placing requests from others.
"So I would welcome a change in the workings of the system which would formally give priority to Catholic children when it comes to placing requests for a Catholic school."