The hatchet men at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are at it again, as news broke today that seven parish schools will be closed at the end of the current school year.
Three of the closings are actually in the burbs, so only four really concern us:
St. Anne: Not a shocker, since it took a miracle fundraising campaign to keep the place open for this current school year. Your decision to pull out of the merger with the Fishtown parish schools isn't looking too good now, is it?
Strangely, according to the article, students will be accommodated at Our Lady of Port Richmond, but there's no mention of Visitation BVM. Too good for the other side of Aramingo?
St. Hugh of Cluny: If this continued existence of St. Veronica has always surprised me, this parish has doubly done so. It's amazing this place is still around, let alone supported a parish school for so long. The aforementioned Veronica, their neighbor to the west, will at least get some benefit from this.
St. Cyprian: Refugees of Cobbs Creek can't catch a break, can they? First Transfiguration of Our Lord closes and gets demolished, and now even their school is gone. Cedar Avenue has to be looking pretty lonely these days.
Ascension of Our Lord: Now this is just sad. The homeless parish may not have a church, but at least they still had a parish school. Now they've got nothing. Absolutely, literally nothing. It's like kicking a puppy. If you had any doubts that this parish will be the next to get the axe, they've officially been erased. This place is already dead--they just don't know it yet.
I could sit here and wax poetic, blaming the Archdiocese and dissecting rising tuition costs and so on and blah, blah, blah, but by now this is an old story. We all know the notes, and we shouldn't be surprised when it keeps ending the same way. It is what it is, and it's a sad commentary on our priorities.
Get used to not being wanted, kids. The Archdiocese isn't done pissing on your dreams just yet.