President Bush addressed the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC yesterday. Part of his remarks dealt with Catholic schools:
The Catholic Church has a proud educational tradition dating back centuries, and one of the Holy Father's priorities has been maintaining this tradition in the United States. Today, America's Catholic schools serve thousands of students -- both Catholic and non-Catholic -- in some of our nation's poorest neighborhoods. They help minority students narrow the achievement gap. They prepare children for lives of character and purpose and success.
Come next September there will be exactly one Catholic school left in the City of Rochester, Bishop Clark having closed the other six.
So much for helping narrow the achievement gap. So much for preparing children for lives of character and purpose and success.