Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Schools Closing due to Weakening of Catholic Identity

I was away this weekend and got back late last night, so I was unable to provide each of you with a Catholic Standard update. But never fear, that will be here tomorrow. For now, take a look at this article found on the Catholic News Service website, regarding the reasons why Catholic schools are closing...and it isn't simply one of money.

Personally, I think he pretty much hits it on the head. What to you think?


In the wake of the Archdiocese of New York recently closing 27 of its schools, conversation on the sharp decline of Catholic school enrollment has once again been ignited. One education expert says a weakening of Catholic identity is a primary factor in the school closures.

Dr. John J. Convey, who holds the title of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Professor of Education at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., also explained that a lack of school-aged children and waning pastoral leadership have also significantly contributed to school closures.

To read the entire article, go to the Catholic News Service.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dr. Convey imparts a lot of good common sense here. In our Archdiocese,we have spent millions trying to prop up Catholic schools only to see those efforts fail. soon we will have virtually nothing to show for our center city consortium effort. The Archdiocese foolishly chose to locate two schools in Southeast Washington far away from the core of Catholic families in the city, and as a result is having to spend tons of money just to keep them barely open. You need more Catholic families to keep Catholic schools viable. Thomas Burnford should be fired so that we can make new and more sensible policies for Catholic Education.