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By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Nov 03, 2003

Suppose you were hiring a new superintendent for your diocesan school system. Whom would you select?

(a) A longtime Catholic schoolteacher.

(b) A Catholic business leader conspicuous for his fidelity to the teaching of the Church.

(c) A retired public school superintendent who (according to a former colleague) "sees public schools as more qualified than anyone-- including private or charter or other similar schools-- to provide what students need for the future" and who donated $300 to Hilary Rodham Clinton for US Senate Committee, Inc.

If you're the Diocese of Syracuse, your answer is (c).

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  • Posted by: Sterling - Nov. 05, 2003 9:18 PM ET USA

    No, no, it's (d) Barbra Streisand. Now, what's the problem with that???

  • Posted by: shrink - Nov. 04, 2003 10:07 AM ET USA

    The pandering of chancery education officials toward public education goes back to at least the 1960s when there was a push to have parochial schools accredited by the state. Even in good dioceses these problems are systemic; e.g., the diocese of Lincoln NB, permits or requires the DARE program in its schools.

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