01 November 2016

Two More Bite the Dust

Very sad news for me personally.  Confirming what I had heard for some time, Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School (and St. James the Greater) are proposed to be closed at the end of the school year. They would be merged together, along with St. Joan of Arc, on the SJA campus.

Before (and even after) my wife and I decided to homeschool, I served on the OLS school board. My last year on the Board was either 2003 or 2004. The enrollment was 511 students.  Today, according to the STL Today story, the enrollment is 139.  The drop is staggering in terms of numbers and brevity of time in which it occurred.  

There are similar stories all over-- in the city, the Archdiocese, and in Catholic dioceses throughout the world.

I have written before on the phenomenon, so only a brief lament do I offer here: on the one hand Catholics who contracept, seek worldly goals and are unwilling or unable to afford tuition; on the other hand, the Church destroying and abandoning her teachings, her liturgy, her discipline. 

Chicken and egg: who would pay exorbitant fees for a school that isn't really Catholic? But would making them Catholic still appeal? Are there Catholics still out there who want it?

No doctrine. Banal liturgy. No discipline. Religious orders decimated, ensuring high cost.  

At this point, we are staring at Norcia, post-earthquake.  Does it matter anymore why?  It's just gone.

Well, yes, it does matter, but getting that right will still mean a long, long and hard road to get back to the glory days. May I suggest that we keep praying those Rosaries? Its fifteen mysteries are the food of contemplation and an example to imitate.

Yes, fifteen mysteries.


traddadof4 said...

1) Sounds like a chaotic, "freefall" situation. "Leaders of the St. Louis Archdiocese are proposing to close two St. Louis Catholic schools because of low enrollment, just weeks after the archdiocese said it didn’t expect more closures this year."
2) Very good post. Yes... it is a chicken and egg thing. In this case, a serpent's egg perhaps.
3) Archdiocesan PR flak: "a very unique situation". Huh? I am sure there are unique features, but the predominant thought is how common it is.
4) The die was cast at Vatican II to go with the modern world. Now we're like a dog chasing its tail. We have to get continuously more progressive
5) But the enemies won't be satisfied with just a Bergoglian Catholo-Lutheran church, teaching "many paths", sex ed and gender-fluidity in its schools. They want the complete destruction of the Church. A Hillary ("religious beliefs must change") Clinton presidency will provide the needed pressure through Her IRS and Her "Human Rights" Enforcers.

Unknown said...

And those of us who do not contracept and who did sacrifice (still paying off the loans) to send our kids to Catholic high school have our school taken away from us (John F. Kennedy Catholic High School). If the Archdiocese really took the education of Catholic children seriously, they would stop treating Catholic schools, elementary and secondary, as independent contractors and do something other than snap up the properties and sell them off.

Agnes B. Bullock said...

While I am not a native to St Louis or the Archdiocese- was very happy to see you point out the obvious! Your words fall on deaf ears at the Rigali Center unfortunately- for proof- look very closely at the statistics of the permanent diaconate, as well as the employees of the Archdiocesan bureaucracy- how many of these men and women have more than three children? How many actually practice what the Church teaches and not the watered down, Democrat Party approved version?

The emphasis on the "Catholic" education in this Archdiocese is not for the struggling middle class Catholics who remain but for the "underprivileged" in accordance with the DNC. When the Rigali Center bureaucracy actually becomes Catholic, pigs will fly! Why else are we inundated with the Beyond Sunday garbage?

RJ said...

And yet there are some good things happening. Several schools have now reinstated daily Mass for the schoolchildren (one in the area of the schools that closed being St. Raphael's, for example).