Dwindling Catholic schools see future in Latino students

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Despite these efforts, Catholic schools are still struggling with enrollment. St. Teresa of Avila has 159 students, down from 290 a decade ago. This year, the school will receive a $40,000 subsidy from the archdiocese -- largely from funds collected from the offering plates in wealthier churches. RNS photo by by Aaron Schrank.

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LOS ANGELES (RNS) As the country’s fastest-growing population, Latinos now make up nearly 40 percent of all U.S. Catholics, but represent less than 14 percent of students at Catholic schools. Catholic leaders now tout Latino outreach as one answer to the schools’ problems.

  • Daniel Hoffman

    Sharing isn’t something the Catholic Church and community of faithful in America are committed to. As a nation segregated by wealth, some parishes have incredible resources and families who could easily afford to make real donations, donations that are real sacrifices. They could share with poor parishes and lower the cost of tuition. Sure, many give until it hurts, but we’ve all seen the shiny BMW driver in the Armani suit haughtily dropping a 20 dollar bill in the collection basket. As if.
    Not that real donations would matter because bishops don’t believe in really sharing with each other either.

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