From THE LOCAL (Germany):

A 17-year-old girl has been expelled from her Catholic high school in the Bavarian town of Illertissen because she chose to leave the Church. Secession violates school rules, headmaster Manfred Schöpplein said late on Thursday, explaining that this led him to present the case to the Augsburg diocese – which runs the only university-track school in the area. It also happens to be embroiled in the huge child abuse scandal hitting the Catholic Church in Germany in recent months. The diocese authorities decided that the 10th grade girl would be forbidden to attend school in the next school year, throwing town authorities into an intense debate.

City council member and Catholic Edeltraud Baur said she found the sanction intolerant and a violation of the right to choose one’s religion. Meanwhile head of the parents' association Birgit Maile said she understood the expulsion, explaining that parents sign a contract with a religious school that specifies children could be kicked out if they leave the Church.

The high school receives funding from the Bavarian Ministry of Education each year, but the ministry refused to comment on the case.



  1. My parents sacrificed greatly to send all 5 of their children (My Borg designation is “4 of 5”.) to a Christian school, and given that sacrifice, I attempt to not resent my time there. Thankfully, I have friends that I have known from childhood that “transitioned” into my new world after my coming out, and they are pure gold.

    Having said that, such a setting where all are “Christian” (Right!) is like a meal of bread and water. I like bread and water, but, eating, and education, can be a whole lot more interesting with a bit of variety. Pity.

  2. parents sign a contract with a religious school that specifies children could be kicked out if they leave the Church

    Is this legally enforceable on any level? … If so I bet it could be overturned on application to a high enough court. Sounds completely wrong and bogus.

    I don’t get the impression there was any attempt on the part of anyone in the school to find out why the girl left the Church or to discuss it. It sounds as if she was just “shunned” pretty much right away, as a matter of course.

  3. I do not know about England but in the States the contract would be legal but the aid from the State would not be legal. Religious institutions can pick and choose whom the admit or keep but not with government money.

    Lord Carey probably thinks that the courts should change that sort of thing the twit.