Who Will Save America’s Catholic Schools?
A threatened legacy
“With few exceptions, this has been the approach taken by dioceses: When a school faces financial trouble and quick fixes prove ineffective, shutter the doors and walk away,” writes Kennedy. “In 1961, Catholic schools educated 5.2 million American children, or 1 out of every 10. Today, there are just as many school-age children, but the Catholic share has fallen precipitously to under 2 million pupils.”