Government to investigate PinkNews exposé that Catholic schools promote anti-gay petition to pupils
The Welsh Government is to begin an official investigation after PinkNews.co.uk exposed that the Catholic Education Service has asked more than 300 English and Welsh schools to promote the Coalition for Marriage’s anti-gay petition, that asks the British Government not to go ahead with prime minister David Cameron’s pledge to introduce marriage equality in England and Wales. Experts anticipate that an investigation will also be announced by the English Department for Education.
Yesterday PinkNews.co.uk reported that in London school, St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls in Carshalton, students as young as 11 were “encouraged” to sign the anti-equality pledge by the school’s headmistress. The Catholic Education Service, which is responsible for hundreds of state funded Catholic schools confirmed to PinkNews.co.uk that it had written to at least 359 Catholic state secondary schools in England and Wales asking them to draw attention to a letter by senior archbishops which told Catholics of their “duty” to do “all we can to ensure that the true meaning of marriage is not lost for future generations”.
April 27, 2012