As full as a Catholic school

In the boom years after World War II, when we were making lots of babies, anyone who had drunk too much would be accused of being "as full as a Catholic school." A few decades on, it seems that Catholic schools are not so full of Catholics, but have managed to accumulate a sizeable enrolment of other believers and even non-believers. The document Catholic Schools at the Crossroads, issued last week by the bishops of NSW and the ACT, refers to the tendency for Catholic schools, in our increasingly dysfunctional framework of public and private schools, to become decidedly middle class - Chris Bonnor