In the June 4th edition of My Catholic Standard, an article appeared written not by the staff of the Standard but was provided by the Archdiocese of Washington DC. That in and of itself is noteworthy.
The article, like many others, explains why there is a reduction in the number of Catholic schools. However, what really “gets me” is the section entitled “Preserving School Choice.”
As usual, the Archdiocese is willing to accept the crumbs and scraps from the same pro-abortion, pro-homosexual politicians, who they suck up to for funding for a senior citizen center, or another social program.
When will Archbishop Wuerl, the Maryland Catholic Conference (MCC) wake up and smell the coffee that these politicians do not give a dead rat’s rear end about Catholic education. And the Church continues to take it on the chin year after year.
The DC Opportunity Scholarship is not going to be renewed. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the DC Representative in the House of Representatives, has said that the Democratic Congress intends to kill it. The Washington Compost has done a series of articles on what a waste of money it is.
If the Archdiocese had the intestinal fortitude, it would remind every parent of every child who ever received an Opportunity Scholarship that Eleanor Holmes Norton has sentenced every child to a sub-standard education. But will they do it. Nope.
They continue to push the BOAST program and how it has worked in Pennsylvania. I have heard that for the last 5 years from Dick Dowling and the MCC. And have they passed it. Nope. And does the MCC let Catholic parents know who supported it and who did not. Nope.
The Archdiocese continues to attempt to put a positive spin on a failure after failure. The only way that they will make any inroads with politicians is to target them for defeat. Remind Catholic parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, etc., of those who support Catholic education and those who oppose it, like Richard Madaleno. It is time to take the gloves off.
But to be honest, they will not. If the Archbishop is not willing to throw VOTF out of parishes, deny communion to pro-abortion politicians, remains silent on the Montgomery County Transgender Bill, and a host of other issues, he will not do a thing on this.
Archbishop Wuerl is slowly allowing Catholic education to die in this diocese. Those children will grow up to be Catholics (hopefully) but most will not send their children to Catholic school. Why? Because they will not see the value of it. And the cycle will begin over and over until there are no Catholic schools left.