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USCCB committee chair recalls contribution of Catholic schools

January 20, 2014

Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha, the chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Education, paid tribute to the nation’s Catholic schools in a brief statement issued for Catholic Schools Week (January 26 - February 1).

“The success of Catholic schools in handing on the faith, generation after generation, is a bright light in the history of the Church in the United States,” he said. “The heart of the apostolate of Catholic education is the mission to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Catholic schools provide a rich environment of faith and learning where students experience how much God loves them in Christ. They are free to express their own love for God in prayer and the celebration of the sacraments and to express love of neighbor in a community where each is respected as a gift from God.”

The number of students enrolled in Catholic schools has fallen from 5.2 million to 2.0 million in the past five decades, according to the National Catholic Education Association.


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  • Posted by: robertrees1422 - Jan. 21, 2014 11:00 AM ET USA

    My thoughts completely Defender. I see our great country and our Mother Church being completely taken over by politically correct leaders. It's time for the average citizen and Christians of all faiths take our country back. I would wish that the USCCB would stand up against and start the excommunication process of public officials who are against the Church's teachings on abortion, homosexual and lesbian marriage, contraception and euthanasia. These include biden, pelosi, sebelius and others.

  • Posted by: Defender - Jan. 20, 2014 12:28 PM ET USA

    At this rate there will be no Catholic schools in two decades! This should be the concern. Wonder if the archbishop has heard of Common Core, how much tuition costs, the lack of true Catholic teaching, etc ? How about the CINO universities? When I taught, it was difficult to have a priest or sister come in to talk to a class during the year. What is to be done?