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Why we felt called to open our
Catholic schools full-time,
in-person amid COVID-19

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Posted By: AltaD, 8/29/2020 8:12:46 AM

I am a member of a community of Catholics that has thought for months on whether to reopen our diocese schools this fall. As with any decision that relates to health and safety during the pandemic, it was not an easy one. But in the end, the diocese chose the path that was true to its purpose: The church exists to serve the community and minister to its needs. We do this in many ways. We operate institutions of healing — there are roughly 600 church-sponsored hospitals nationwide and 1,400 long-term care facilities. And during this pandemic, they have sought to save lives. We also operate 7,500 schools for 2.3 million students.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: MMC 8/29/2020 8:24:01 AM (No. 524555)
I believe in Blue State Michigan- wait lists are forming .. Michigan Public schools are running a variety of hybrid classes, no sports, no assemblies/ and masks all day. If I were a parent of school age kids- I would be looking for all day,no face mask option school.. which in Michigan is looking like homeschool! The shutdown has been devastating to our special needs kids.. many language and behavior regression.. our kids with learning challenge are falling farther behind.. COVID-19 upended education- but I am not saying it is all bad! It has revealed learning gaps in educators. My district has an amazing group of teachers- they have really worked hard to deliver quality... but it isn’t easy to learn on fly!! While we see many bad reports on education- and warranted/ please know many Conservative Silent majority are in the trenches!
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Reply 2 - Posted by: lakerman1 8/29/2020 9:14:46 AM (No. 524633)
I always thought, and was taught by the Sisters of Saint Joseph, that the Church existed to help us to honor God. Flowing out of that was the establishment of schools and hospitals. and in establishing schools and hospitals, jobs were created for women of the cloth. (Is it correct to call nuns women of the cloth?)
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Strike3 8/29/2020 10:11:25 AM (No. 524733)
Churches have been much too complacent during this hoax. Christians showed real courage when they risked being eaten by lions when the Romans persecuted them for holding secret masses. An arrest by a dictatorial democrat government is nothing compared to that.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: DVC 8/29/2020 10:42:23 AM (No. 524785)
Keeping kids out of government schools is an important mission. They are doing a good thing, especially if they stick to their Catholic teaching. I attended Catholic school as a non-Catholic in Key West, Fla in the early '60s because the local schools were widely known to be a total disaster as far as learning. I felt a bit intimidated at first, but quickly got used to the uniforms, the sisters as teachers and administrators and look back on that as a very good year. I learned a lot of respect for Catholics that I still hold today, although I have no use for the Communist Pope.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Kate318 8/29/2020 11:04:48 AM (No. 524828)
Suddenly, the Catholic Church remembers it’s mission, after months of cowering under lockdown.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: dbdiva 8/29/2020 1:30:02 PM (No. 525091)
I have a story similar to #4. 60 plus years ago we lived in a school district with which my dad was not happy. We ended up moving to a different district after I completed 4th grade. My dad told me that if we hadn't moved he would have sent me to our local Catholic school for the rest of my education. He was not Catholic but my mom had been prior to marrying my dad. He especially did not want me to go to the high school since it was on the edge of a neighborhood that was a bit dodgy and there was no school transportation that would take me back and forth. We lived several miles from the high school. If I was the parent of a school age child now I would definitely be looking for alternatives in education. No way would that child be in the public school system as we know it today.
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