Friday, May 07, 2004

Not saintly enough

I know there is stiff competition to get into church schools - chiefly because they have discipline, uniforms, high academic standards and all the things the left spent decades campaigning against, but this is ridiculous.

"A five-year-old boy has been barred from his local Roman Catholic school for being baptised "late" - despite being a descendant of a martyred saint.

Alexander Payne can boast an impeccable Catholic ancestry stretching back almost 1,000 years - his family tree includes Saint John Almond, who was hung, drawn and quartered in 1612 at the hands of Protestant persecutors.

His parents, Chris and Judith Payne, said St Bernadette's RC primary school in Brighton, six doors from their home, had refused him a place because he was baptised after the age of two."

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