|My Original letter:29/04/12
Dear Rev Dr Mangan,I have a few simple questions for you regarding things that must have caught your attention at some point in recent weeks.
Simple Yes or No answers will be fine, as I appreciate that you are a busy man, but I would welcome more detailed responses if you can spare the time.
Many thanks in anticipation of your response,
I have received a response from the Headteacher – Rev Dr Mangan.
It has a confidentiality clause on it that makes me hesitate about copying it in full, but you should know it was written after Dr Mangan consulted with Chair of Governors, Fr W Isaac.
It is short and to the point. It does not remotely address any of the seven questions I put to him, but simply states that the treatment of the issue of marriage that has taken place within the school has been fully in keeping with the teachings of the Catholic Church and with which he feels they have a moral and legal duty to promulgate.
My response to this was:
Dear Dr Mangan
My sincere apologies – your original email was caught by my junk filter and I failed to spot it.Thank you for your response. You have chosen not to answer any of my questions. That is your prerogative.
As for your moral and legal duties, the former is a little rich from a representative of the Catholic Church and the latter may well be examined by the legal system quite soon.
Thank you for the invitation to meet with you and the Chair of Governors. I will give this careful consideration and get back to you.
Rev Dr Mangan and Fr Isaac either do not know the answers to my questions or have chosen not to answer them. Either way, I am sure I am not alone at finding this highly unsatisafactory at best – and worrying and disgraceful at worst.
I would urge all that share a genuine concern for moral and legal duties, to pursue this matter directly with Messrs Mangan and Isaac and their elected representatives.