Fr Ray Blake objects to this petition - he says we ought to give the bishops the benefit of the doubt, perhaps they are working behind the scenes. I am quite sure they are, in fact - and their work will be much strengthened if the Government sees the Catholic faithful united in horror at what is being proposed.
So I have signed this petition, and I urge everyone to do the same.
To: Bishops of England and Wales
We, the undersigned, call upon the Bishops of England and Wales and the Catholic Education Service to fulfil their duty as guardians of our Catholic Faith and unequivocally reject recent Government measures forcing Catholic schools to teach what is explicitly condemned by the Church, viz: presenting active homosexuality as an acceptable alternative lifestyle, and providing information on the nature - and provision - of contraception and abortion services. Compliance on the part of the Bishops and the CES in such measures would effectively render our schools no longer Catholic in any meaningful sense, and would place the faith and moral life of our children in jeopardy. As Catholic parents, teachers and pastors, we earnestly beg of you, our Shepherds in Christ, that you do not allow this to happen.