Following on from previous posts about the denied enrolment of the young child in Broken Hill, it would appear that only now – thanks to the intervention of the Administrator of the Diocese, Bishop Kevin Manning – that we have the whole story.
It would appear – now that we have the whole story – that there may have been some inappropriate comments made when the principal was communicating the news to the parents of the child. The exact nature of those comments may never be known, and any speculation about their exact content remains speculation. The outcome of the whole affair – which is to be welcomed above all things – is that another child will have the benefit of an education in a Catholic school, an education which will flow over into their community involvement and back into their family life.
There is nothing in my past comments that changes simply on the basis of the actions of the good Bishop Kevin. My great complaint – in fact my only complaint – was that people were want to rush to judgement without knowing the whole story, i.e. both sides of the issue, before doing so.
As for my comments about The Greens and their ‘outrage’ – they remain true even now, and would have remained true even if Bishop Kevin hadn’t intervened to enrol the child. I have very little time for most of the policies promoted by that particular political party – and I long for return of the Australian Democrats as the ‘third force’ of Australian politics.