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Closings show interest in Catholicism slipping

The second round of Catholic school closures, recently reported in The Buffalo News, fosters speculation of what is behind the trend. The graphs included in the article indicate a general decline in Catholic elementary enrollment in Western New York. Recent church closures and a decline in seminary enrollment would also indicate that interest in Catholicism is significantly flagging here as well.

Perhaps these events and trends are an indication of the success, not failure, that education has had on religiosity. As we learn more about our universe, we are more inclined to accept naturalistic explanations and rely less on ancient religious dogma. Science is the source of the answers we seek. As one scientist observed, “Science flies us to the moon. Religion flies us into buildings.”

Charlie Mowatt

East Amherst