THE ROMAN CATHOLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM IS RIFE WITH NEPOTISM AND FAVOURITISM !
When I was a curate in Kilkeel in County Down I was on the school board of governors and the secretary of FIVE primary schools.
When I became secretary my parish priest - Canon Walter Larkin RIP told me that there was a "black list" of teachers that were NOT to be given appointments.
Eventually we were looking for a principal of one of our best primary schools.
The vice principal - a friend of Canon Larkin's - a member of a family that given lots of money to the parish - was one of the candidates.
She was the Canon's favourite candidate. He was the chairman of the board of governors. He had in fact "promised" her the job.
We interviewed a number of candidates and had an expert from a teacher training college advise us during the interviews.
A clear BEST CANDIDATE emerged for the job. And it was not the vice principal.
The Canon did his best to give the VP the job but three governor members and I insisted that the best candidate be given the job - and he was.
The Canon left the meeting and went straight to the VP's house to apologise.
The VP later sued the governors but we were able to establish that she had lied about her age on the application form and she lost her case.
For a while she tried to make the life of the new principal very difficult - until one day I went out to the school and had it out with her.
This was one person experience I had of nepotism and favouritism in the Catholic school system
Very often the best candidate does not get the job.
The job will often go to a lesser candidate because he/she is a relative of a bishop or priest or because he/she has some influence somewhere within the church.
This situation is ABSOLUTELY UNJUST.
I can understand the Church wanting a say in the school ethos. I can understand the Church wanting a say in the appointment of a person who teaches religion.
But I cannot understand the Church getting away with nepotism and favouritism.
The laws on discrimination should apply as much to the Church as it applies to any employer.
If churches want to discriminate against people then their schools, like in the USA SHOULD NOT BE STATE FUNDED!
Over the years many people have been discriminated against by the Catholic Church and the State has allowed them to get away with it. I am thinking of:
People who didn't regularly attend Mass.
There is no place for such discrimination in a MODERN EUROPEAN DEMOCRACY and in the 21 ST CENTURY.
THE INJUSTICES PERPETUATED BY THE CATHOLIC HIERARCHY AND CLERGY IS
TURNING IRELAND INTO AN ANTI CATHOLIC AND ANTI CLERICAL SOCIETY
THEY ONLY HAVE THEMSELVES TO BLAME"