It looks like Sr. Janice Morgan finally understands just what the Pope was trying to tell her and about 400 other Catholic educators last Thursday. Instead of finding ways to get the parents of Catholic school children – or the parents of potential Catholic school children - to be more willing to come up with tuition money (see here). Sr. Morgan now understands that His Holiness was really pointing out that what we have here is “a highly commendable opportunity for the entire Catholic community to contribute generously to the financial needs of our institutions.”
As Sr. Morgan is now quoted as saying, “We have to help people who want to give financially.”
Now wait just a minute here. Didn't Bishop Clark just two months ago dismiss out of hand sound financial plans offered by at least five different parish-based groups in an attempt to keep their schools open?
Were not there literally hundreds of people willing to collectively commit millions of dollars of their treasure – to say nothing of their time and their talent – to these same Catholic schools?
And were not each of these Catholic schools to be operated at absolutely no financial risk to the diocese?
None of these people needed to be "helped" to give. They were ready, willing and able to donate without any prompting from Buffalo Rd.
What Sr. Morgan really seems to be saying is that the diocese needs to find a way to convince all those good people just so cavalierly dismissed by the Bishop to buy into a school system that has been nothing but an administrative and financial failure ever since its inception.
This latest incarnation of the MCCS System was conceived by a committee of the well-off and the well-connected, meeting in secret and with absolutely no input from parents, teachers and building staff. It makes no attempt to draw new children into the system, while forcing others to leave due to transportation and handicapped-accessibility issues. Finally, this system is about to try to cram up to 30 children into each of its classrooms, at least some of which are in schools with inadequate physical plants.
And Sr. Morgan wants us to commit our treasure to that?
She must think we're idiots.