I also sent off a Letter to the Editor on the subject. Since there has been no phone call from the D&C in the 2+ weeks that have elapsed since I hit the Send button, I have to conclude that they have chosen not to publish it.
And so I will self-publish it here ...
To the Editor,
While local Catholic officials may be finding some consolation in the fact that Catholic school enrollment is down across New York State, I wonder if they have looked beyond our borders.
For instance, out in Kansas the Diocese of Wichita has about 120,000 Catholics (roughly one-third as many as the Diocese of Rochester) and it operates 39 Catholic elementary and secondary schools. During this past academic year enrollment reached a 40-year high at just under 11,000 students.
Furthermore, no Wichita Catholic student pays a single cent in tuition to attend one of those schools.
A recent study concluded, "Wichita might be home to one of the strongest Catholic school systems in the nation, with impressive test scores, rising enrollments, supportive parishes, an authentic Catholic identity and a unique funding model.”
If Wichita can do this, why can't Rochester?
I believe our diocesan leaders owe us an answer to that question.
Is the D&C ignoring you?
My experience with this and other unpublished letters has given me an idea.
Some comments on this and other local blogs as well as casual conversations with friends reveal a fairly widespread impression that the Democrat & Chronicle has adopted a favorable editorial stance towards DOR and its policies and actions. Furthermore, many believe that the D&C deliberately chooses to ignore almost anything critical of the bishop, the diocese and the MCCS System.
Well, I cannot force the D&C to print your letters but I can publish them here.
If you submit an LTE to the D&C critical of any aspect of DOR and it goes unpublished, send me a copy along with the date you sent it to the D&C and I will (probably) run it here. (See my profile for contact info.)
No anonymous rants, please! In fact, I'm going to insist on the same ground rules that the D&C uses: I'll need your name and phone number; also, your LTE cannot exceed 175 words.