HTparent is a frequent commenter on Catholic school-related issues, both here and on other local boards.
He/she posted the following in response to 13WHAM.com's story on the merging of Nazareth Academy with Aquinas.
As sad as this is, Nazareth Academy could not survive with such low enrollment ... Aquinas was having it's own problems with enrollment. This is a proactive decision on the part of the administrations of both schools.
More of these announcements will come in the future. Our own Bishop does not believe in Catholic Education, so why would people continue to pay money for it?
The high schools will not be able to survive without a solid feeder system, which the diocese has systematically dismantled over the past decade. None of the people with wallets big enough for Bishop Clark to be bothered listening to have ever stood up to him on this issue.
You reap what you sow, and we're not growing Catholics in Rochester anymore.
Thank Bishop Clark.
I couldn't have said it any better.