A few months ago, it was announced that the Archdiocese of Washington would establish a seminary at Catholic University of America.
Now, the idea of creating a seminary sounds exciting and there is nothing wrong with it. It is at a local Catholic university (Catholic University of America) and to be named after Blessed Pope John Paul II.
However, in my reading though the Catholic Standard articles and from various news sources, the explanation given is that they are sending men outside of the area for formation. Okay, so where are they currently sending them? Is it to Mt. St. Mary's? That is about a 1.5 hour drive from downtown DC. That is too far outside of the area? If not there, where? I could not find the answer to that one.
At least to me, there does not seem to be any reason for this other than to say "We have a Seminary."
Although the Archdiocese has stated that this has been paid out of private donations, I dare to ask: "Is this a good use of our donations and limited resources?"
If anyone has a better explanation, please share.
I would love to hear from you, esp. anyone from the Archdiocese.