Catholic principal says The Church can’t be trusted to run schools.

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Catholic principal says The Church can’t be trusted to run schools.

A Catholic principal has blasted the Catholic Church, saying school leaders are being pressured into “inappropriate” situations and silenced.

Paul Tobias, the outspoken principal of St Joseph’s College Geelong, has called for an urgent review of the governance of Catholic primary and secondary schools.

“The Catholic Church persists with antiquated governance models which are no longer appropriate, rather than distribute power appropriately,” he said.

In a strongly worded submission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Mr Tobias said people who expressed different views to the church could “expect to be penalised, isolated or have their careers impacted”.

Cardinal George Pell.
Cardinal George Pell. 

Catholic bishops could also compromise the pastoral care of students, he said.

Mr Tobias, who is the only mainstream Catholic principal signed up to the Safe Schools Coalition, has been…

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