Or it ought to be, anyway.
[St. John Baptist] De La Salle Middle School in North City is ditching Catholicism and going public. Why? According to them, because they are doing so well that they want public funding to help more students. Because as a Catholic school that relies on donations, they have about 70 students; with public funding, they can increase their enrollment.
All that stands in the way is the Catholic faith. So, obviously, it has to go. Because what makes the "education" a "quality" one? Not the faith, that's what.
The funny thing about this is that there is a certain logic to it. If the school really has no intent to pass along the Catholic faith, it is better to be rid of the sacrifices needed to carry out that mission. Perhaps the shocker is that this doesn't shock anyone.
Look at it another way. When the Church has city schools that suffer as cradle Catholics move out of the area, they need other Catholics to fill the ranks, or else they must accept non-Catholics. If they accept non-Catholics, the school can either require the non-Catholic to learn about the faith and to observe certain principles attached to it, and actually try to convert them, or else it can accept non-Catholics without conditions, in order to keep collecting tuition and fees.
Which posture has your Catholic school adopted? I know which is easier, and which promises surer short-term rewards. Hence, the pretense is dropped, and the public school at heart becomes a public school in name. St. John Baptist de la Salle need not be bothered with prayers for patronage anymore.
And what is the response of the Archdiocese? Well the statement contained in the story, if accurate, seems to be as lame as its response to Mayor Slay's illegal sodomite marriage license scheme:
Not exactly out-on-a-limb stuff, is it? Does anyone actually believe in the Catholic mission of Catholic education?
May I humbly suggest that if the school were to form 70 Catholics in that program, that it would do more good for them, and the neighborhood, and the city, and the world, than by successfully producing 1,000 secular college students.
If you believe that the Catholic faith is necessary for one's eternal happiness, that is.