* The Catholic Church has so many schools under its patronage that it does not know what to do with them. Some schools struggle to find enough pupils.
How different the scene is in England, where many "faith schools" are oversubscribed and have acquired a reputation for elitism.
Of course, it helps that these free schools often get good results.
According to The Times, attendance registers are even taken at churches attached to popular schools. School applicants who are absent during these spiritual roll calls can find themselves excluded.
This has led some pushy parents to find God and adopt the less-than-holy mantra: "Get on your knees, avoid the fees."