Who Will Save America’s Catholic Schools?
A threatened legacy
“Internal reform efforts are already under way in several cities, most encouragingly in Washington, D.C., where Catholic schools hit rock bottom in 1999,” observes Sol Stern in City Journal. “That year, a committee appointed by Cardinal James Hickey looked into the condition of 16 of the diocese’s most financially and academically troubled schools. The committee recommended closing down eight of the schools completely and consolidating the rest into four sites. But Hickey refused to accept what would have been a humiliating defeat for the archdiocese, and instead charged the committee with coming up with a rescue plan."