The Catholic Church in Hong Kong has launched another scathing attack against the government, accusing it of pushing the education reform bill in much the same way it pushed Article 23 legislation. Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun fired the broadside in a series of Sunday Examiner articles. In an article yesterday, the bishop strongly criticised the government for pushing through the Education (Amendment) Bill 2002. The reforms propose changes to the two-tier schools supervising system, which currently comprises school sponsoring bodies and school management committees. The bill would force schools to open their management committees to teachers, parents, alumni and the public. But the Catholic Church, a major school operator in Hong Kong, fears the reforms could dilute its role in school management. Bishop Zen said reforms in general since the handover had been 'confusing, hasty, authoritative and absolute', and he criticised the government's attitude in pushing through the changes. 'Those who have witnessed the July 1 [protest march] should be able to see clearly that such a document [of the Education Commission] is a product of the new culture after the handover, just like Article 23,' he wrote. 'The content is full of sophism. The manner to push forth the reform is arrogant and deceitful.' he said. Describing the reforms as a power struggle, Bishop Zen said that the education sector had become politicised by the proposals. 'Hong Kong society has become highly politicised ... and we hope to have greater progress in political maturity. However for the schools, a politicised atmosphere is not good for education. 'We have asked for help from the chief executive but he told us there was nothing he could do. 'The people of Hong Kong have recently become more conscious of their responsibilities and rights. Will they render us justice?' he asked.