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The Church has always recognised that young children are capable of wrong-doing and allows the Sacrament of Confession from the age of seven (PA)

Refusing to acknowledge or punish a child’s bad behaviour is not ‘positive’ parenting

Michael Gove: 'Catholic schools must be allowed sufficient autonomy to integrate the Catholic faith into every aspect of school life' (Photo: PA)

Education Secretary says academy status offers Catholic schools the chance to ‘extend hard-won freedoms’

Eighty-four Catholic schools have expressed an interest in becoming academies this September