Revive Our Catholic Schools

Here is a great piece on Catholic education from the New York Daily News by Peter Meyer:

Church officials and educators have not given up, and there are numerous initiatives that have been launched in the last 20 years meant to staunch the hemorrhaging. The church’s extensive network of religious orders have picked up some of the educational slack, expanding their networks of schools, especially for the poor…

These are promising initiatives, but in this Holy Season, Catholics should consider their history, especially those times in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when they were not the dominant American religion, but an outcast group. And it was in 1884, at a Baltimore enclave of Bishops, that church leaders ordered every Catholic parish to create a Catholic school and all Catholic parents to send their children to them, creating one of the most successful grassroots church revivals in history.

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One Response to “Revive Our Catholic Schools”

  1. Lori says:

    Your Eminence,
    Let me begin by saying thank you for your Blog, your Homilies, your Articles and your Books! It is a blessing to have you as a Spiritual Father (though I do not reside in your New York, I claim you as a Guide!). I pray that you will not mind me making a Blog Request instead of a comment on your current post.
    I recently read an article in the Huffington Post about a young woman who has discerned a call to Religious Life and her continued progress to work and fundraise to pay off her Student Loans for entry. The article was wonderful to see, but the comments, I know I should not even bother to read them, saddened my heart. Your Eminence, as the Mother of a Religious Sister (a Sister of Life in your New York) could I ask you to blog concerning the beauty and blessing of a Religious Call and the gift it is to each of us to support those who are called to the Priesthood or Religious Life. Cardinal Dolan I thank you in advance and please know of my daily prayers.