As you know, the Archdiocese is looking to close more Catholic elementary schools. They have hit DC and southern Maryland. Now there target is Montgomery County. I have been saying this for months.
In order to do this, they need to get "buy in" from the members of the Archdiocese with a series of meetings currently being held around the diocese until May 9th.
Since I was not invited to these meetings, I wrote to the Archdiocese requesting a copy of Policy Options 2009 and received the following reply:
Thank you for your e-mail request; currently our draft policy options are for review by those formally invited to attend regional consultation meetings by their pastors. I ask that you please let us know your name and parish, and after we have the support of your pastor we would be happy to send you a copy for review. Thank you
Catholic Schools Office
Archdiocese of Washington
P.O. Box 29260
Washington, DC 20017-0260
From a practical standpoint, even if I sent in a letter and they get it by May 1st, who knows how long it will take to hear back from the pastor and then. It can easily take one or weeks.
So, do you have a copy of the document? Would you like to send me a copy of it? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your name and email address will be kept confidential.
Now, I wonder who is being selected to review this document?
- How many reviewers have children in Catholic elementary school?
- How many have had children in Catholic elementary schools?
- How many are members of Parish Councils?
- How many are faithful to the Church or are they cafeteria Catholics?
- How many are part of the Social Justice crowd, interested more in social programs than education?
According to one source, who attended one of these meetings, out of the entire meeting only one or two had children currently enrolled in Catholic schools. Only one or two! (I will provide more details about the meeting tomorrow but it is a real scandal.)
Take a moment to request a copy of the document!
More tomorrow on this.