This will work

By Leila Marie Lawler (articles ) | Oct 23, 2005

I wanted to quote one bit from the Boston Globe story today about Archbishop Sean’s plan to fix Boston Catholic schools – it made me laugh out loud:

Catholic priests no longer tell families they are obliged to send their children to Catholic schools, and the anti-Catholicism that once drove Catholics to Catholic schools has largely vanished from the public schools.

So true, if you think of it this way: public schools have successfully eradicated religion altogether, making anti-Catholicism per se unnecessary.

Anyway, the story says that Archbishop Sean is turning to his critics to solve his problems with Catholic schools in the diocese. Peter Lynch, for instance, did such a great job turning Boston College around that Archbishop Sean hopes Jack Connors Jr. will do the same for the schools.

(I have no doubt that BC is doing great financially. The fact that it’s not identifiable as a Catholic institution seems not to enter into the discussion about the parochial schools – in fact, by “solve the problems” Archbishop Sean seems to mean “make solvent” – and possibly “make academically competitive” – but clearly not “restore to the Faith.” But then, Archbishop Sean doesn’t see the archdiocesan mandated program “Talking About Touching” as child abuse, and I do, so I suppose we don’t have the same criteria when it comes to education.)

Applying the business school approach to the spiritual works of mercy will be wonderfully fruitful I have no doubt. Not only will Catholic schools not be rescued from their current lame secular state, they will go the way of every Catholic charitable work, becoming a function of either the state or big business.

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  • Posted by: - Oct. 24, 2005 7:43 PM ET USA

    The archdiocese of Boston that keeps closing schools is concerned about Catholic Schools? At the rate we are going in Boston, the schools will either disappear or become islands for middle-class cafeteria catholics. Annual Parish school (K - 8) cost $4,500+ per year per student while the local Catholic High Schools range from $9,000 to $20,000+ per student. So much for the intent of the Council of Baltimore or concerns for working class Catholics.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 24, 2005 6:46 PM ET USA

    Sorry, but I was the pawn in 1946, when my parents were threatened with excommunication from the altar by the German Pastor unless they removed me from an excellent public school, and placed me in a decrepit St. Patrick's where sadistic nuns who had barely finished high school taught three grades to a room. Joyce Kilmer was the epitome of this culture. Fortunately there was no Catholic High School, and I went on to 3 Jesuit colleges & law schools where intellectual curiosity was no sin. AMDG

  • Posted by: - Oct. 24, 2005 4:08 PM ET USA

    Pray for us in Boston. All of my children have been exposed to blatant hatred of the faith in both suburban public and Catholic schools. There is no mention of Church teachings in their Catholic schools except during religion class; they read the same literature and history texts with the same spin as the public schools. Teachers (in school and religious ed) promote social justice but ignore other tenets of the faith.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Oct. 24, 2005 2:52 PM ET USA

    I pray that the Holy Father realizes that there's yet another archbishop in Boston who needs to be retired (Canon 401-2)... and that Pope Benedict XVI acts swiftly and decisively in this matter of grave importance.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 24, 2005 12:35 PM ET USA

    Odysseus asks re . . . a more rigorous academic reputation. The only school that still teaches Latin. Any suggestions? Yes. We sent a son here: St. Gregory's Academy RR 8 Box 8214 Moscow, PA 18444 I can't praise the school enough. It's a wonderful place, turns out young Catholic gentlemen - and they teach Latin, too.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 24, 2005 11:51 AM ET USA

    I am really torn on this issue. I have two kids in Catholic elementary 3rd and 6th grade. My younger sons I homeschool till about third gr. I am struggling whether to send them to the local Catholic hs (Alter in Dayton) or send them to the public school where I teach. I don't know if it will be worth the financial sacrifice if Alter is not really Catholic. They do have a more rigorous academic reputation. The only school that still teaches Latin. Any suggestions?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 24, 2005 10:26 AM ET USA

    Where's the money: Bishop Wiegand is that rare bishop who came up through the ranks and first served --- gasp! --- as a parish priest. He was not a carefully-groomed sycophant of the LA school, like others whose names, in charity, will not be mentioned.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 24, 2005 9:35 AM ET USA

    Since I live in RogerWorld, tolerated dissent, incompetence and indifference by a local bishop aren't surprising. What is surprising is this story about Bishop Wiegand of Sacramento, California: God bless that good shepherd!

  • Posted by: - Oct. 24, 2005 12:20 AM ET USA

    ...the anti-Catholicism that once drove Catholics to Catholic schools has largely vanished from the public schools. It may have vanished from public schools, but it's now going pretty strong in many so-called Catholic schools. And CCD programs. (Some of which are developed by BC prof. and "ex"-priest Thomas Groome. Google him and be enlightened.) One more reason to homeschool.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 23, 2005 11:18 PM ET USA

    Why not extend the logic further and have the proceeds of gambling, alcohol, liquor, tobacco and (hey why not) firearms sales supplement the endowment? I'm beginning to get the impression that you can get a better formation in Catholic philosophy, theology and history at many secular schools than you can at BC. You remember the old University of Chicago joke? Where Jewish professors teach protestant students Catholic philosophy?