"...At a time when as Catholics we particularly need to pull together, the undermining of Mr Pope saddens me."
What saddens me is that she appears to have no concept of the damage caused by the appointment of Greg Pope as Deputy Director of the CES.
Mr. Pope is not being undermined.
The ones who have been undermined are the parents who are attempting to explain to their children why the Church's teaching is beautiful and true, in the teeth of tremendous opposition from those who, because they choose to ignore that teaching, seek to ridicule it.
The ones who are undermined are the Catholic teachers and school governors who want to present the Church's teaching, but are told that it is unrealistic.
The ones who are undermined are those who go and stand outside abortion clinics, in all kinds of weather, quietly praying the rosary in the hope that maybe one life will be spared.
The ones who are undermined are the ordinary Catholics who try to follow Church teaching in their everyday lives.
The ones who are really undermined are the children who, because the CES has caved in to the government agenda, will never be taught the truth, and will be encouraged to surrender to the spirit of the age... and then, when the inevitable happens, these children will be told to "solve" their problems by killing other human beings, something which will scar them for life.
Yes, Catholics should pull together. But they should pull together in order to defend Catholic teaching in its entirety.
The CES has failed to do that - it is the Catholic Education Service which is doing the undermining.