Bonus Pastor Catholic College
Kent BR1 5PZ
12th December 2011
Dear Head Teacher,
The materials shown at Bonus Pastor School are utterly shocking and even more shocking is the response of the Church authorities to these issues. The films that have been shown there are wrong, pornographic, show attempted suicide, deliberate killing, religious abuse and are deeply corrupting. Our Holy Mother the Church is duty bound to protect children from abuse and her very own definition of abuse includes "non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of, sexual images , watching sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, or grooming a child in preparation for abuse (including via the internet)." (http://www.csasprocedures.uk.net/chapters/p_definitions.html). And yet the response of the school is to vilify and exclude the parent who has bravely asked the school to change what it does. He was first bushed off by the school. Then when he asked the governors of the School (some of whom are appointed by the diocese) to sort it out he found that they choose to defend the school. He also finds that that the diocese has not acted. And for all that, he has been excluded from his own sons prize giving.
We too have fought these battles. We protested at primary school children being shown video footage of male and female pelvises and being asked to label the anatomy. We were told that the use of these images were approved by Archbishop Nicholls (that is in fact true) and also told that, while we might withdraw our children from the classes, the school could not stop other children knowing that they had been withdrawn and that the school would therefore be unable to protect our children from any bullying that occurred as a result of our attempts to protect them.
In our secondary school we protested to the previous Archbishop of Southwark asked to fill in about questionnaire that repeatedly asked children age 12 to think whether or not they may be homosexual and he then told us that he had left us to sort it out. We pointed out that the questionnaire was being used in other schools and he did nothing as far as we know.
Child abuse is a serious matter. Post Nolan we know this. So what do we see. Children, in Bonus Pastor School class were shown video footage that is clearly deserving of at least an 18 classification. They were criticised if they tried to leave. Their parents are ignored if they protest. And not only does the Church do nothing, but in the mould of the greatest scandal in her recent history, she seeks to protect and justify the abusers and vilify those who , so heroically, bring that abuse to light.
Drs A and J Treloar