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Nun's challenge 'brought discredit to Church'

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A NUN was warned that if she contested her sacking from the headship of a Catholic school "it would bring great discredit to the Church."

Mr Roger Bennett admitted having given the warning when he gave evidence to a Leeds industrial tribunal last week, Sister Margaret Travers from the Convent of the Cross and Passion, Ilkley, Yorkshire, claimed that she was unfairly dismissed by the managers of St Mary's Primary School, Ilkley.

Mr Bennett denied that he had said a tribunal would make great reading for the public. "These were not the words I used. I said it was a great tragedy that this had come to pass and said that if it went to the tribunal it would bring great discredit to the Church."

The school managers claim that Sister Margaret was dismissed after they had lost confidence in her ability as a head teacher.

The tribunal was told that there were no salacious facts in the case. There were no allegations of gross misconduct. It was a simple case of a los.s of confidence in the head teacher by her employers.

An advisor to the Bradford Metropolitan Council, Mrs Eileen McEvoy told Mr John Morrish, the tribunal's chairman that Sister Margaret had not been on the original short list of candidates for the job of head that had been drawn up, by the chairman of the school managers and herself.

But a few days later, she said, she discovered the chairman of the managers had included Sister Margaret's name and despite "advice to the contrary" she was given the post in May 1976.

Mrs McEvoy _added that she thought Sister Margaret a "good class teacher" hut that she did not have the depth of experience to run a school. She found the sister a "likeable. nice person," but she did not appear to understand what her duties were.

The hearing was adjourned until September 10. RETIRED sealarers can look forward to high standards of care at Ciatfazre Grange, Liverpool. The buildings are being renovated thanks to the continuing dedication of staff and generous grants from charitable trusts.

The Grange is under the care of the port chaplains and is run by the Liverpool Diocesan Council of the Apostleship of the Sea. Its chapel will be opened in September as part of the work sponsored by the Sir Harold flood Trust. Sir Harold is one of the Liverpool Council's Vice Presidents. Chaplains at the Council's headquarters Atlantic House, are developing the ecumenical activities started last year, with the newly-appointed Anglican chaplains for the area.

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