Why wait?

27th April 2001 at 01:00
Your heroic-sounding headline "EIS ready to take on Catholic staff veto" (TESS, April 13) rings somewhat more hollowly when the text following indicates the possibility that the institute will wait for a specific case to be raised by a member, and then give backing.

Is this the best that the institute can do in the increasingly mystifying area of the powers of the Roman Catholic Church in our state system? A cohort of questions are long overdue being raised but to centre on the current trouble spot - the admission of non-Catholics to a deominational school - why in a national set-up are there differing criteria in different councils?

This instance ought to be for the EIS and other responsible organisations an opportunity thoroughly to examine the validity in these days of an imperium in imperio, and especially to discover how and where the powers of the Roman Catholic Church over education have increased over the years since, justly at the beginning, public funds were made available to their then struggling schools?

John Taylor Woodlands Grove, Kilmarnock

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