This is Catholic Schools Week, when dioceses across the country celebrate the great gifts that are our Catholic schools. It has been a somewhat somber Catholic Schools Week for me, since in the Archdiocese of New York we recently announced that 24 of our schools will be closing at the end of this academic year. According to the National Catholic Education Association, the closings will join a national trend that has seen Catholic-school enrollment in the U.S. decline by 23.4% since 2000, a loss of 621,583 students. It is sometimes hard to understand why enrollment has dropped.
Comments: My Parents sacrificed so that all 7 of us kids were able to be educated in Catholic Schools Grades 1-12. I don´t know how they did it. But I am grateful.
So the church is all about economics instead of what´s right/ Shame on it. I will no longer give to the Cardinal´s Appeal if it´s only educating those who can afford private school. It´s forgotten its mission
My brother´s parish in Napa has a k-12 school and it has a waiting list. People put their kids in line before they are born. The education is beyond belief. And the parish helps families that can´t pay the full amount. Anything to keep their kids out of the dismal public schools.
As Catholic school kids, my brother and I always felt sorry for the kids in public school, and they weren´t that bad back in the day.
Part of the reason (at least for my area) is pure price. We have 3 Catholic high schools in the area, and the tuition is sky high. Over 13K per student, not including the books which we have to buy/rent ourselves.
Part of the reason is that the Church doesn´t have the labor pool of economical teachers that it once had (used to be a lot of nuns, with rulers and all). They are rare these days. And the teachers nowadays expect to me reasonably paid for their efforts.
Our catholic schools offer an excellent education but have become so expensive that many families just cannot afford it.
All three of us were educated in Catholic Schools 1-12. It was expensive for my parents back in the 70´s and 80´s, but they wouldn´t have it any other way. It is a shame it is out of reach for so many these days. The good sisters that educated us weren´t salaried like now. There aren´t that many nuns anymore,anyway.
My kids all went to elementary and/or middle school at our parish´s Catholic institution. Years ago when the state began paying for Charter schools, I saw the writing on the wall for religious schools. The state has created an alternate form of education, I believe intentionally, to be in direct competition with Catholic / religious schools. If you (as a parent) do not approve of a specific public school, you can either pay for a religious school or have the state pay for your child to go to a Charter school. The results have been as expected with a dramatic fall off in support of religious education. If the Catholic church wants to win this one, they should fund a massive legal effort to force the state to give parents the right to educate their kids at any location of their choosing.
I was educated in Catholic schools as well. You could depend on the quality, unwavering consistency no matter what Catholic school you attended. No more. In those days, we had an abundance of nuns, your average parish had at least three-four Masses on Sunday with pews full of reverent worshippers. These things were the norm. I also can´t help but respond to the good Cardinal that his inviting the ARDENTLY pro-abortion Obama for a seat of honor at the Smith dinner spoke volumes. Many devout Catholic families now find homeschooling preferable.
All of our children had a Catholic Education. It´s still a place where high expectations are assumed, religion is taught and good morals are the norm and expected. The parish pays for 50% of the costs to educate the students, the Diocese and Parish will help those who cannot afford the tuition. It´s a safe place where kids can be kids, and they know the staff and other parents look out for them. We wouldn´t have it any other way.
My younger children are educated with a Catholic homeschool program and when they reach 9th grade attend a Catholic high school in the Dallas Diocese. Tuition is $12,500 PER STUDENT, no discounts for more than 1 child. They do have tuition assistance but it the most they give is 50% and that´s with someone who is unemployed. It is a huge sacrifice for us and we´re a devout Catholic family, sadly this high school only has 30% of the student body Catholic because families just can´t afford it.
I do think the money needs to go with the child and not to a set building. Hubby and I are paying outrageous property taxes in Texas that go to our local public schools and yet our children have never and will never use them.
The Vatican Monarchy is doing well at the expense of the peasant Laity. It´s time for said Monarchy to give up its Gold and Silver in order to imitate the life-work of its founder, Jesus Christ, throughout His kingdom on earth. Stop building towers of "Babble" and start assembling Christianity.
How dare they not take care of everything that needs taking care of in this world while we Baptists and Lutherans and Methodists and Jews and Muslims and Hindus are out here doing the things we think are more important??!!
My husband and his four siblings are the products of Catholic schools. I wish my siblings and I had had the privilege of a Catholic school education. Public schools were still, well, sort of okay back in the 70s and 80s, though.
How about diverting some of the millions from tax supported muslim schools like FAME where the director is paid $336,000 annually to the Catholic School System. 45,000 muslim kids in 26 states study sharia compliments of the insane U.S. taxpayers.
Went to Catholic Schools 1st grade through freshman college and received a good education. At one point we had all of our kids in Catholic School but the nuns had gone almost half the kids were non-Catholic, religion class was relegated from daily to 3 times a week. The tuition rivaled that of college.
Eventually we had to pull our kids out. It wasn´t affordable anymore.
One problem for the inner city Catholic schools is that nobody seems to pay for anything. Paterson Catholic in NJ closed a couple of years ago and the big part is nobody was paying tuition. I went to Catholic grammar schools along with my 5 siblings and my father had to struggle to pay. My daughters went to Catholic grammar schools and are now in Catholic high schools. It is a sacrifice for my wife and me but we feel it is worth it.
There should be some level of sacrifice from the parents of the inner city kids. All too often they are on a free ride with the parents not doing anything to help. It isn´t true for all of them obviously but it is for many.
Catholic schools are by far education in the large cities (and most places) but as time has passed the people who caqn/will support the schools have left the inner cites and are now in the suburbs - money is getting scarcer every year.
2 reasons Catholic schools are dying out in inner cities:
1. There aren´t many kids in inner cities anymore. Most people who have kids move far away.
2. Inner city diocese are interested in redistributing wealth through tuition subsidies. For example, Catholic elementary school tuition in the SF Bay Area is about 50% more than surrounding areas in Northern California, but most of the students in the Bay Area pay a small percentage of the tuition because they get financial assistance from the diocese.
It has been a busy few weeks for the Securities and Exchange Commission. In May, the SEC charged two cities—Harrisburg, Pa., and South Miami, Fla.—with securities fraud for allegedly deceiving investors in their municipal bonds. This follows similar fraud charges against states, New Jersey in 2010 and Illinois in March, after SEC investigators uncovered what they called "material omissions" and "false statements" in bond documents related to those state´s pension funds. With Harrisburg, however, the SEC has gone further and charged the city government with "securities fraud
Lois Lerner, the IRS official in charge of tax-exempt groups, took her too-clever-by-half act to Congress yesterday and may have waived her right to claim her Fifth Amendment privilege in the process. Appearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, she couldn’t resist citing a little history, bragging on her public service, instructing the committee as to the purpose of the Fifth Amendment, and proclaiming her innocence of everything the committee might be interested in — all before asserting her Fifth Amendment privilege. Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) was a bit taken aback.
Earlier this year, the Government launched the clasp for those who had taken part in the air offensive during the Second World War, but stopped short of awarding a medal, as campaigners had been calling for. But figures suggest that barely half of those eligible for the lesser award have so far applied, with veterans snubbing the “pathetic” award. (snip)only a clasp, rather than a medal, as “cheese-paringly” mean, adding: “What did those men do except lay down their lives for their duty? My father would have been raging – I know that to be sure.”
A jury in Pennsylvania has convicted abortionist Kermit Gosnell of three counts of murder, one count of involuntary manslaughter, and several counts of performing illegal late-term abortions at his facility in West Philadelphia. Gosnell is eligible for the death sentence, an end that would be as close to justice as earthly powers can mete out in this episode. The English language does not contain a word sufficient for describing the crimes of Kermit Gosnell; “murder” will do, but only for legal purposes. Gosnell’s human abattoir is the logical endpoint of our morally fraudulent national approach to abortion,
The expanding Internal Revenue Service scandal could hardly be any more Drudgeriffic. Well, maybe if in addition to singling out groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names, the agency had purchased a few billions rounds of hollow-point ammo. Maybe then. But even as is, the scandal is looking pretty bad and getting worse. The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that the IRS also “scrutinized conservative groups for raising political concerns over government spending, debt and taxes or even for advocating making America a better place to live.” We’ll see where this eventually goes.
Last Christmas Eve, his 18th behind bars, Catholic priest Gordon MacRae offered Mass in his cell at the New Hampshire state penitentiary. A quarter-ounce of unfermented wine and the host had been provided for the occasion, celebrated with the priest´s cellmate in attendance. Sentenced to 33½-67 years following his 1994 conviction for sexual assault against a teenage male, Father MacRae has just turned 60. The path that led inexorably to that conviction would have been familiar to witnesses of the manufactured sex-abuse prosecutions that swept the nation in the 1980s and early 1990s
How low will supporters of the Gang of Eight immigration bill go to get their way? This low: They´ve shamelessly branded an accomplished Ivy League-trained quantitative analyst a "racist" and will stop at nothing to destroy his career as they pave their legislative path to another massive illegal alien benefits bonanza. Jason Richwine works for the conservative Heritage Foundation. He´s a Harvard University Ph.D. who co-authored a study that pegs the cost of the Ted Kennedy Memorial Open Borders Act 2.0 legislation at $6.3 trillion.
Dear college graduates: The next month is going to be thrilling as you cross this major milestone in your education. Enjoy the pomp and circumstance, the congratulations, and the parties. But when it´s all over and you´re ready to go out into the world, you´d probably like to meet me, or others like me—I´m your next potential dream boss. I run a cool, rapidly growing company in the digital field, where the work is interesting and rewarding. But I´ve got to be honest about some unfortunate news: I´m probably not going to hire you.
Next week, the Senate will begin making changes to and, hopefully, improve the immigration-reform legislation I introduced with several colleagues last month. This part of the process is a chance to fix America´s broken immigration system and end today´s de facto amnesty for those who live here illegally. It will also show that Washington can work when leaders listen to the American people and invoke their wisdom in debates and legislative work. In January, I outlined my principles for conservative immigration reform in these pages—principles that guided the drafting of this legislation.
Last summer, in the dead of night, three peace activists penetrated the exterior of Y-12 in Tennessee, supposedly one of the most secure nuclear-weapons facilities in the United States. A drifter, an 82-year-old nun and a house painter. They face trial next week on charges that fall under the sabotage section of the U.S. criminal code. And if they had been terrorists armed with explosives, intent on mass destruction? That nightmare scenario underlies the government’s response to the intrusion. This is the story of two competing worldviews, of conscience vs. court, of fantasy vs. reality, of history vs. the future.
There are several unattractive parts of the Affordable Care Act, but perhaps the most unattractive is a little-discussed board that has the power to dramatically alter Medicare. The Independent Payment Advisory Board has the power to reshape Medicare to meet a budget, and Congress has only limited ability to stop it. It is imperative we move quickly to repeal the board. Starting this year, the law requires the chief actuary of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to determine annually by April 30 whether cuts will need to be made to Medicare in the following years.
Marco Rubio, you need to run – but not in 2016. Run now. Today. Quickly. Run away, Marco, run as fast as you can. Run away from the electoral Hiroshima that is this immigration reform bill. It’s a fraud and a scam, and we know it’s a fraud and a scam, and you telling us from every mic and every camera you can get in front of that it’s not a fraud and a scam is making us wonder just what the hell is going on with you. Do you actually think it’s not a fraud and a scam?
There have been days since her son Ezekiel was born 11 months ago that Los Angeles mom Beth Capper has gone without food to keep up her supply. One friend was arrested for stealing some. It´s not drugs or alcohol or even baby formula that has put her in such a bind. It´s diapers. "There´s no way around buying them," said Capper, a 41-year-old single mother who doesn´t work because of a disability. Across the country, mothers like Capper are facing the same predicament. According to a report published Monday in the
America is in great shape energy-wise. We have more gas and oil reserves than ever before. Indeed, the United States could shortly become the world’s largest exporter of coal. Our cheaper power rates may bring energy-intensive industry back from Europe and Asia. If America’s small colleges are nearly broke and our public schools failing, nonetheless our blue-chip universities’ math, science, and engineering departments, and professional schools, remain the best in the world. (Snip)In our age, Nobel laureate, exempt Al Gore proved a fraud: the feminist who was accused of groping a woman in crazed sex-poodle fashion;
It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. But within a decade, it is expected that the ocean which the village of Kivalina has so relied on will completely destroy it--creating America´s first climate change refugees. Temperatures in the Arctic region of Alaska are warming twice as fast as the rest of the U.S, causing ice to retreat, sea levels to rise and coastal erosion to increase. It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. The 400 indigenous Inuit inhabitants of Kivalina, who live
President Obama has been rolling up his sleeves campaigning across the country delivering a surreal stump speech message supposedly aimed at the middle class: big government works, Obamacare is manna from heaven, the wave of recent scandals are “phony” figments of the imagination, and all economic problems are the fault of the Republicans. Conveniently, he leaves out the bankruptcy of Detroit, a city run by his own party for more than half a century. His message is so stale and unconvincing, that even The New York Times and Washington Post have noticed. Both papers, usually loyal to Obama, remarked that
Gotta figure her lead would be even bigger without Joe Miller in the field here. Her nomination for the taking? Alaska should be a top tier pick up opportunity for Senate Republicans next year…but their top choice of a candidate is Sarah Palin. 36% of GOP primary voters in the state say they’d like Palin to be their standard bearer against Mark Begich to 26% for Mead Treadwell, 15% for Dan Sullivan, and 12% for Joe Miller.
Arizona Sen. John McCain was the Republican Party´s 2008 presidential nominee and he still wants the keys to the Oval Office. But he is beginning to sound more like a fan of likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "She´s a rock star," he said in a newly released interview. "She has, maybe not glamour, but certainly the aura of someone widely regarded throughout the world," he added in a reference to her work as secretary of State. McCain, reportedly trying to win back his reputation as a GOP maverick, was asked by the New Republic
Embattled Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner and an attorney in the Federal Election Commission’s general counsel’s office appear to have twice colluded to influence the record before the FEC’s vote in the case of a conservative non-profit organization, according to e-mails unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee and obtained exclusively by National Review Online. The correspondence suggests the discrimination of conservative groups extended beyond the IRS and into the FEC, where an attorney from the agency’s enforcement division in at least one case sought and received tax information about the status of a conservative group,
Sen. John McCain — a Democrat? There was confusion Wednesday after the Arizona Republican mistakenly strolled into President Obama’s meeting with Senate Democrats at the Capitol. The room full of Democrats — who happened to be meeting in the same room where the Senate GOP usually holds their weekly policy luncheons — erupted in applause and laughter as the former Republican presidential candidate made his entrance. As McCain, 76, walked out of the Dem-filled space, reporters pressed him as to why he stepped foot in the room.
FORNEY, Texas - George Zimmerman, the former Florida neighborhood watch leader cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was pulled over for speeding in North Texas on Sunday, CBS DFW reports. According to the station, Zimmerman was armed when officers pulled him over on Highway 80 in Forney, east of Dallas. (Snip) The officer reportedly did not recognize Zimmerman, who was driving a Honda pickup. Zimmerman told the officer he was armed and was then told to put the weapon in his glove compartment, according to the station.
In an interview on National Public Radio (NPR), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said her new agenda for women will give mothers access to day care so they can “earn without carrying the burden of child care.” During the interview, aired on Weekend Edition Sunday, Pelosi spoke about her newly announced agenda, which is on her website, and is titled, “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families,” a plan that includes universal pre-school and access to day care for working women, and an increase in the minimum wage.
A group of experts advising the nation’s premier cancer research institution has recommended sweeping changes in the approach to cancer detection and treatment, including changes in the very definition of cancer and eliminating the word entirely from some common diagnoses. (Snip) The group, which includes some of the top scientists in cancer research, also suggested that many lesions detected during breast, prostate, thyroid, lung and other cancer screenings should not be called cancer at all but should instead be reclassified as IDLE conditions, which stands for “indolent lesions of
Karl Rove and more than one hundred Republican donors sent a letter to Republican members of Congress on Tuesday, urging them to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would include, among other provisions, granting "legal status" to illegal aliens who meet certain criteria. Anticipating that lawmakers will face resistance to the bill when they go home for the August recess, the letter marks the escalation of a campaign in which Republican leaders and donors are pressuring House Republicans to act on an immigration reform bill.