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27 New York Catholic schools at risk of closure

November 29, 2012

Two years after the Archdiocese of New York shuttered 20 Catholic schools, an additional 27 schools – including 26 of the archdiocese’s 159 elementary schools – have been deemed “at risk” of closure at the end of the school year.

“We did everything we could, with the archdiocese alone investing tens of millions of dollars into the schools, in addition to grants from generous parishes, benefactors, and parents sacrificing to pay tuition,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

“This should be it,” he added. “While I can’t promise you that, in the future, a school might have to close, I can at least tell you that we envision no more ‘Black Mondays’ like yesterday when we have to announce dozens of them.”


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  • Posted by: unum - Nov. 30, 2012 7:06 AM ET USA

    It is hard to understand why the Mennonites and other denominations can operate church schools but the Catholic Church is closing theirs down. Could it have something to do with the fact that the other denominations teach that education of children is the responsibility of the whole church community?