Why am I being asked to contribute to upgrading the cathedral and the seminary? Church attendance is down and few are entering the priesthood.Perfect!
Like most Catholic parents, this Catholic parent sees no connection between her child's education and the mission of the Church!
Priests? Bah! Who needs 'em?
Just give me a decent school for my kid!
The Church itself can go to hell, and I don't care.
She completely ignores the fact that her reasoning towards the seminary also applies to the parochial school her son attends. Why are parishioners being asked to support the Catholic school? Enrollment is down and few are entering! Why should anyone give a dime to these institutions that so signally fail to pass on any understanding of or appreciation for the Faith, how it works, what it does?
Ah, but the delicious irony of her sentiment is lost upon this parent, herself a product of the institution!
And what, exactly, does the bishop mean when he says he isn't getting out of the education business anytime soon? Of course he is getting out of it! Catholic school enrollment is dropping steadily each year. When he can't entice anymore students into the schools, he'll have to shut them down! The economic downturn is merely accelerating a pre-existing downward spiral. He's getting out of the brick-and-mortar grade school business whether he wants out or not.
What do they teach them in school nowadays?