Got caught up with some newspaper reading and ran across Kevin Cullen’s June 1st article in regards to the closing of St. Anne’s School in Hyde Park. boston globe
I was a product of 12 years of Catholic education and it has served me well. I was a lapsed Catholic for 30 years and only recently came back to the Church for personal reasons. Here in the western ‘burbs Hudson Catholic High School is also closing. As in St. Anne’s, the pastor (Fr. Ron Calhoun) in Hudson held a meeting, announced the school was closing in June and there would be no further discussion.
What I fail to understand is the Church leadership still seems to be in the 19th century! The clergy’s word is final. End of story. If the Catholic Church is getting out of the education business, why do they have a Superintendent (Mary Grassa O’Neil) making $325,000. Her legal counsel is making $200,000+.
In both cases the parents and alumni have stepped up to the plate with money but the Church could care less. I understand the economy is raising havoc with Catholic schools, declining enrollment over the past few years. If the leadership had asked a couple of years ago support could have been raised to try to keep these schools open.
While I am a strong supporter of public education, it is always good to have other education alternatives for parents. In my opinion the Church is shooting itself in the foot. Closing Catholic schools will only lead to fewer Catholics contributing to some of the worthy pursuits of the Church.
I know there are many products of Catholic schools on this blog and supporters of education choices. Just curious how people interpret these school closings.