I write as a very disillusioned parent coming to the end of my term as a member of the board of management (BOM) of the local Catholic primary school. I, like many naive but well-intentioned parents, felt I had good ideas and could contribute to the betterment of the school. My first dose of reality was at the first meeting which the local priest started with a prayer. As I am not religious I did not join in. Afterwards I was taken aside and told I should join in. When I pointed out I was not a practising Catholic, I was told I should have declared this in advance to the bishop.
And it went downhill from there.
Thanks John Long