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Closing Catholic schools a grave mistake by bishop

Catholics in the Diocese of Buffalo have become victims of their own faith. With the closing of 10 Catholic elementary schools this year, our leadership has used the believable excuses of “declining enrollment” and “financial hardship” and the most appalling propaganda of “revitalization.” Through the media, our recently appointed bishop and his staff have led their flock to believe that this was a necessary hardship and that they have only the best interests at heart.

The truth is that more than half of those schools were growing in enrollment, financially stable and had installed academic curricula already surpassing that of the state and diocesan requirements. If you are not one of the Catholics intimately involved in the process, you were likely saddened that such is the way of life; in truth, you should be outraged! There are no justifiable reasons to close all of those schools, except for greed and Bishop Richard Malone’s desire to rid the diocese of the “burden” of the ministry of Catholic education. What he has created is a Catholic school system full of big-box stores – large enrollment, lack of personal interaction and a mission to reduce the bottom line.

I implore every Catholic to speak to the parents, principals and pastors of these closed schools to hear the truth of the past year. There is a time to believe that “God has a plan” and accept what has happened. Now is not that time. Now is the time to question the mortals who made poor decisions.

Kristen Przybyla

Holland