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Banner of Mary tours schools

Pupils at St Ambrose College have prayed to a specially commissioned image of the Virgin Mary on a tour of churches and schools across the Shrewsbury diocese

By on Thursday, 19 May 2011

Matthew O’Neill with altar servers at St Vincent’s parish, Shrewsbury

Matthew O’Neill with altar servers at St Vincent’s parish, Shrewsbury

Pupils at St Ambrose College, Altrincham, have prayed to a specially commissioned image of the Virgin Mary on a tour of churches and schools across the Shrewsbury diocese.

In accordance with the wishes of Pope John Paul II, Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has asked the faithful of his diocese to keep a Marian Year.

The two-metre high banner is therefore touring churches and Catholic schools across the county for children and parishioners to pray in front of it.

Matthew O’Neill, the college’s new head of religious education and theology, has returned to Catholic education after spending a decade helping children with dyslexia for Staffordshire support services.

Mr O’Neill said: “It is a privilege to once again be working in mainstream Catholic education and to be part of the team evangelising the eight essentials of Christian Brothers education and be spreading the joy of the message of Christ.”

  • Anonymous

    In what way does this charade constitute education?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ken-Purdie/1162381995 Ken Purdie

    Education encompasses all of the human being. That includes the spiritual. So thats how it constitutes education.  

  • Anonymous

    On that basis, ANY experience constitutes education. We have to be selective here and consider the overall benefits (to the child, and to society in general – not to one particular religious organisation). To teach a child that praying is worthwhile is the opposite of beneficial – it is instilling irrationality. This is detrimental to the pupil and to those for whom the pupil might later pray instead of doing something useful.

    Furthermore, I am fairly confident that in schools that allow the practice described, the truth about the efficacy of prayer will be withheld. This is denying the child education in contravention of Article 2 of Protocol 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

    ‘Spiritual development’ is a euphemism for religious indoctrination.