Greg Pope as deputy head of the CES but I have had a number of emails about it, so it is easier to reply here than to the individuals who have written to me.
It strikes me as if we are back to Kung and his challenge to the authority of Vicar of Christ. His understanding of "Catholic" is that it is "universal" in the sense of "all embracing". Therefore it is non-credal, without a specific moral stance, ultimately it becomes an empty humanism. With the appointment of Mr Pope it seems that this is precisely the understanding of "Catholic" that the Catholic Education Service of England and Wales is presenting. I would love to be proved wrong, because it affects the very notion of "communio".
If the CES feels able to appoint Mr Pope, then apart from being formally in communion with the Catholic Church and the successor of St Peter what other signs of communion are there?
I am just asking, but the problem is that his appointment increasingly forces the question of what is meant when those who sanctioned his appointment define themselves as "Catholic". Ultimately, as with sexual predation on children, the issue revolves around the central issue of who can ordinary Catholics trust, which is at the heart of what we understand by communion.