Recently I saw where the Catholic Chuch was closing their school in Leroy NY (run out of the Buffalo diocese).
Apparently they weren't hitting enrollment targets, etc.
I think this is a huge mistake.
Yes, it makes short-term business sense.
But let's look a little deeper- there are two issues here-
first, the long-term viability of the church. In order to survive and thrive, there need to be more members. Getting a child participating in the faith early is key to long-term survival. Closing the school turns away potential members.
Secondly, we're supposedly talking about people's eternal souls. Is not the saving of a soul more important than the saving of a few dollars? Should the Word not be spread, even at a cost?
As a businessman, I understand their decision (at least short-term). As someone who has heard more than his share of 'how important religion is...', I don't understand putting money before people. Unless of course....
-Zjabs (Rochester's Official Columnist)
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