A committee of experts' recommendation to close 3 out of 6 Fort Wayne, Indiana Catholic schools has been put on hold by His Excellency, Bishop John D'Arcy. The plan would have saved the Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend about $1 million annually.
Instead, parents, parishioners and other interested parties will now have 3 years to use their time, their talent and possibly even their treasure to stabilize and strengthen their Catholic schools.
Multiply the numbers in the first paragraph by 4 and it is obvious that Bishop D'Arcy faced a problem quite comparable to that faced by Bishop Matthew Clark last year.
Bishop D'Arcy has been quoted as saying, "It is our obligation and our purpose to provide the best possible Catholic education for the largest number of students and to do it at a reduced cost, so more families can enroll their children in our schools."
Bishop Clark has made similar statements.
Bishop D'Arcy chose to give his laity the opportunity to show what they can do.
Bishop Clark chose to throw in the towel.