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Boston archdiocese declines to rent space for independent Catholic school

December 20, 2012

The Archdiocese of Boston has declined a bid by backers of an independent Catholic school to rent space in an empty parish school building.

The archdiocese turned down an application by the founders of Nativity Preparatory School to rent space from Immaculate Conception parish in Salem, Massachusetts. The archdiocese explained that it wished to concentrate resources on the existing parochial schools of the archdiocese.


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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Dec. 24, 2012 3:13 PM ET USA

    A model of non-cooperation to behold: a new Catholic school erected or renting space opposite a vacant former Catholic school. Will the parish refuse to administer the sacraments to the students of Nativity Preparatory School as well?

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Dec. 22, 2012 7:21 PM ET USA

    Anticipating the same, a pastor in Ohio built his own classrooms. I will be flying there in 3 weeks to gage the level of support for an independent school modeled on the Salesian principle of teaching how to fish, rather than handing out fish. The superintendent of Catholic schools there, as in Atlanta, apparently views independent schools as unfair competition for Catholic students: "We already have two Catholic high schools...Where would your students come from?"

  • Posted by: Defender - Dec. 21, 2012 11:57 AM ET USA

    Wanting to open a Catholic school but being opposed by a Catholic archdiocese? What's wrong with this picture or is it more of the same?