Friday, December 20, 2013

Exhibit A: Why Catholic Education is a Rip-Off

So, in Seattle, a Catholic high school had to fire an administrator after school officials found out the guy had gone and gotten gay-married without mentioning that to his employers.   The so-called "Catholic" students at the school are protesting:
On Thursday afternoon the Sammamish school announced that Friday classes would be canceled and the school would close early for Christmas break due to forecast snow “and in light of the difficult day” the school had had after hundreds of students staged a sit-in and rally against the dismissal that drew widespread media attention.

Their protest spread via texts and Twitter to students at other area Catholic schools. Seattle Preparatory School students showed solidarity with a similar protest. [...]

Sophia Cerino, a freshman at Eastside Catholic, said most students support the rights of gays to marry.

“Just because I’m Catholic doesn’t mean I need to believe every rule the church has,” Cerino said. “We think the rule over gay marriage is totally unfair. Everyone seems to think the same thing — that we should all be treated equal.”

Clearly this Catholic high school isn't teaching the Catholic faith.  Or grammar, for that matter.

Now, how much do Catholic parents pay to send their children to this cesspool of heresy?  According to the school website:
For the 2013-14 school year tuition (before scholarship or tuition grants) is $18,995. There is a $25 application fee and a $500 non-refundable enrollment fee for incoming students and transfer students, payable at the time of enrollment. Returning students are charged a $350 non-refundable enrollment fee annually. [...]

See, kiddies, if you want your children to lose their faith altogether, if you want them to organize protests and sit-ins because the mean old Catholic church won't celebrate the gay wedding of a school administrator, if you want to raise children with the morality and virtue of Roman courtesans--the cheapest ones--you can have this privilege for just under twenty-thousand bucks a year.

I attended a Seattle-area Catholic school a few decades ago.  The handful of us kids who were actually Catholic, who understood that sex outside of marriage was wrong (instead of complaining that the mean ol' Church frowned on Catholic girls using condoms with their boyfriends, when everybody knew that was the right way to date a guy), were pretty much constantly attacked for our beliefs both by the teachers and by our fellow students.  That was the breaking point for my parents, who started homeschooling us the year I was a sophomore in high school at one of those cesspools not unlike Eastside Catholic--in fact, I recall touring Eastside Catholic with my parents because they were really hoping that there was at least one authentic Catholic school left in that diocese, and they were disappointed to find out that, if anything, Eastside was a bit further gone along the road to heresy, moral midgetry, and overall spoiled-bratism than the school we were presently attending.

Clearly, nothing has changed.  Except the tuition, which is more outrageous than ever.  I am starting to think that the dire situation of the Catholic Church in America won't change until factories of rot like this one are shuttered by the bishops, solemnly destroyed by expert demolition crews, and then the ground they stood on spread with blessed salt while prayers of exorcism are intoned with serious purpose.  Then, just maybe, it might be possible to rebuild actual Catholic schools instead of cute and pricey little heretic factories, which are good at churning out "former," "lapsed," and "ex-" Catholics, but not much else.