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#1 Feb 15, 2010
Where were these parents when it was announced that most of our Catholic parishes within 338 square miles of Salem County were to close down forever.
Catholic Education starts with our Catholic parishes. We are taught in Catholic School or CCD that God is present in the tabernacles of our Catholic Churches.
Our Catholic Churches are the foundation for the religious education. Our Churches is where we listen and learn from readings, homilies and receive Christ during Communion. When we make our sacraments baptism, communion, confession, holy orders, marriage. We make these sacraments at church.
What deal was made with Bishop Galante at meeting in Salem County. If they keep quiet about the closings and mergers of parishes in Salem County, they get to keep their school open?
Maybe if the moral and spiritual leadership was stronger in Salem County, people would want to send their kids to Catholic school in Salem County. After the diocese spends $800,000 for a horse mansio0on in pittsgrove, nj. and the scandal involving follieri, people are hesitant to spend money during hard economic times.
Maybe these parents don't want the school to close because it would mean that they would have to send their kids to local public schools. Maybe it is not really about religious education but a group of parents that don't want their kids going to a school in a "bad" neighborhood.(Did Bishop Galante promise them new school in Swedesboro or MUllica Hill ???)
Otherwise, if these parents truly cared about Catholic education, they would know that Catholic Education starts with our Catholic Churches and parishes as a foundation.
#2 Feb 15, 2010
A friend of mine just called and told me that she called the Salem County Chamber of Commerce prior to the meeting with Bishop Galante. It is very disappointing to learn that bishop galante was given special treatment the over a salem county resident and devout Roman Catholic business owner. Who has ever heard of the local chamber of commerce never returning a county resident's phone call????
It's also good for local county business to keep our churches and catholic schools in Salem county.
It doesn't make sense for the local association or historical societies to not oppose the Catholic church and school closings. Because maybe 3-6 years down the line when these mega churche and schools are built , people will be shopping and dining outside Salem County.
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