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I can't believe this guy wrote this. He explains why Catholic schools are failing. His reasons are because people are no longer be correctly catechized. That since Vat II they have been taught to seek their own personal truth- which doesn't include confession or the other sacraments. He even quotes St John Neumann, who says that most will end up in Hell. Wow!


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Why Catholic schools are closing


Posted: Sunday, January 8, 2012 3:00 am | Updated: 6:38 am, Sun Jan 8, 2012.
By J.D. Mullane | 8 comments
That Conwell-Egan Catholic High School will close hit hard. Shortly after 12 p.m. on Friday, CEC students arrived in the school auditorium for an "announcement." Faculty, who had been given the sad news earlier, were discouraged from entering the room teary-eyed.
The kids prayed with their teachers. Then the news. The school would cease in June.
"I don't know where I'm going to go," said Miranda Mowery, a junior who, like many at CEC, had reddened eyes and choked voice.
In the first floor hallway, in the school's foyer, and outside the front door, kids stood nearly silent and sad, if not stunned.
CEC is among four high schools slated for shuttering by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at the end of the school year. The closures were recommended by a "blue ribbon commission" seeking to stanch an exodus of students and to prevent the school system's collapse.
The numbers are striking. In 1961, the archdiocese had more than 250,000 students. Today, it has 68,000 — a 72 percent plummet.
As enrollment shrinks, tuition is hiked, causing fewer enrollments. To stop this "death spiral," as the commission bluntly put it, the archdiocese will also close 44 parish schools, five of them in Bucks County: Saint Michael the Archangel in Bristol Township, Saint Mark in Bristol, Holy Trinity in Morrisville, Assumption BVM in Feasterville, and Saint John the Baptist in Ottsville.
Why is this happening?
The down economy, smaller families, competition, and revulsion caused by the clergy-child sex scandal contribute. The biggest problem, however, long predates these.
Weekly church attendance in the archdiocese has cratered, from 80 percent in 1960 to about 15 percent today, according to the archdiocese's October survey.
With so few people in the pews placing money into collection baskets, schools close. Parishes are next.
Poor church attendance has hollowed parishes. It's an open secret that buildings, grounds and vital ministries are maintained by a fraction of registered members, who are generally older.
Why do so few younger people attend Sunday worship?
A friend who will be ordained a priest next year said there are two issues.
First, poor catechetics received by post-Vatican II Catholics, which is as great a failure as 1960s "new math."

Mostly, it is the shadowy triumph of "radical individualism," a concept at the core of the Enlightenment. Two thousand years of Christian truth is displaced by relativist "personal truth."
If your personal truth is that you are a "good person" who will be judged kindly, the Christian truth of sin imperiling salvation is dismissed in mind and heart. Church attendance becomes optional. The sacraments, discretionary.
The evidence, in addition to paltry Mass attendence. Just two percent of U.S. Catholics receive the Rite of Reconciliation (confession). And, despite 1.5 million members, baptisms in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have declined 42 percent since 1991.
Saint John Neumann, the young Redemptorist priest and fourth bishop of Philadelphia, understood the mesmerizing allure of "personal truth." It is among the reasons he established the first diocesan school system in the U.S. in 1852. He did not want Catholics in the archdiocese to become spiritual incompetents.
He was no utopian. Echoing Jesus, he said:
"Notwithstanding assurances that God did not create any man for Hell, and that He wishes all men to be saved, it remains equally true that only a few will be saved; that only few will go to Heaven; and that the greater part of mankind will be lost forever."
Delinquent Catholics, largely responsible for this week's collapse of nearly 50 schools, will reject the words of a saint because their personal truth repudiates this "lost forever" business.
He did his research for that article.
Scripture backs up St. John Neumann, read Matthew 7, 13:14...... Ponder verse 14 ........and few there are that find it.........Find what? The Catholic Church and Sacraments. God is saying the few will even find the right path to Heaven, this shows what a great gift it is to be Catholic period!!!!!
(01-09-2012, 11:31 AM)philosafari Wrote: [ -> ]He did his research for that article.

He must be Catholic. I do find some hope in the fact that his friend a soon to be ordained priest said that Vat II and personal truth was the problem.
(01-09-2012, 11:39 AM)verenaerin Wrote: [ -> ]
(01-09-2012, 11:31 AM)philosafari Wrote: [ -> ]He did his research for that article.

He must be Catholic. I do find some hope in the fact that his friend a soon to be ordained priest said that Vat II and personal truth was the problem.
Well, when I think about his friend being very orthodox it doesn't surprise me: his friend is probably at St. Charles Borromeo near Philly(a couple of the seminarians at St. Benedict's in Chesapeake go there).