Gutting Catholic Education

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by Rodney Pelletier  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  April 22, 2021   

The decades-long destruction of Catholic schools

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Most Catholic schools in the United States are Catholic in name only.

Since 1965, Catholicism, in general, has been declining steadily. But by 2000, the decline turned into a free fall.

There's a biting quote attributed to Abp. Fulton Sheen regarding Catholic education, "If you want your kids to defend their faith, send them to a public school. If you want them to lose their faith, send them to a Catholic School."

He made this prophecy from his perspective of the 1960s and the 1970s. What would he say now if he could see the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Fr. James Martin spreading the false gospel of sodomy to high school-aged children?

On Tuesday, Martin rejoiced at all the so-called Catholic schools promoting the anti-Catholic LGBT agenda. The list includes the Jesuit Schools Network, Christian Brothers schools, DePaul University, School Sisters of St. Francis, and the Holy Child Network of schools, among many others.

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Martin is unapologetic and operates with the blessing of his superiors in his effort to promote same-sex activity among young people. He tells same-sex attracted people the lie that "God made them that way," that chastity is not required of them, and that sexualization of children is acceptable.

Statistics from Georgetown's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate reveal just how bad Catholic education has tanked in the last 50 years. 

If you want your kids to defend their faith, send them to a public school. If you want them to lose their faith, send them to a Catholic School.

In 1970, there were 4.2 million primary school-aged children in parish education, but by 2020 the numbers dropped 50% to 2.1 million.

Secondary school-aged children are even worse off. There were 3 million in 1970. But by 2020, the number of Catholic high-schoolers is down nearly 58% to just over 550,000.

There are now only a relative handful of faithful Catholic schools left, and they should be promoted. But in most cases, Catholic education has failed to do its primary job: to pass on to children the truths of the gospel.

Learn more by watching The Download — Gutting Catholic Education.

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