BISHOP DWYER of Leeds came out in full support of the retention of the Catholic school system last Saturday when opening a new Catholic secondary near Leeds. "I am quite sure we are right to keep it," he said.
"It is one of the glories of this country that we are sufficiently understanding of one another's differences and idiosyncrasies that we can have a plural society, and that within the great society of the nation there is a place for minor societies and 'lesser grouping.
"I suppose there are few countries in the world where there is such a wide tolerance. This seems not to hurt the general unity of the community, but on the contrary to encourage it," The Bishop, who was opening the £180,000 St. Mary's school at Menston, said that the Catholic schools system raised the question, which was worthy of serious consideration, whether it was a good thing that there should be separate communities, or simply one cornmunity of the nation. It also raised the question whether there should be separate schools.
The new school had been built with the help of a grant from the Ministry of Education, and has 150 pupils at present. This number will reach about 200 in September before growing to the full capacity of 350.
The school's opening has also meant a reorganisation of Catholic schools in the locality, as they now become primary schools, and it will serve the parishes of Otley, Yeadon, Ilkley, Horslorth, Burleyin-Wharfedale and Addingham.
Canon E. Malone of Ilkley, chairman of the school managers, presided at the opening, and Col. Sir Malcolm Stoddard-Scott, M.P. for Ripon, was among the guests. The first headmaster is Mr. J. Dalton.
On the same day as the opening of St. Mary's, Bishop Dwyer also opened the SS. Peter and Paul primary school at Airehorough, near Yeadon, Yorkshire. In the chair at the opening ceremony was Fr. Charles Murray, parish priest of the Yeadon parish,