Friday, March 23, 2007

The deed is done..

> Cardinal Brennan shutting down..
> A very reliable source informs the Bell Tower Blog that after all the debate, Cardinal Brennan will be no more. Teachers are reportedly crying in hallways.. children shocked at the news that everyone knew was coming. It was just a matter of time from the beginning...
> More as it develops. But now, March 23, 2007: The beginning of the end of Cardinal Brennan.
> More coming as I learn information..


Jim Connors said...

It's a heartbreaker. Thanks for keeping us informed on the matter for the past few weeks.

Anonymous said...

my heart goes out to all of the "Brennan Family".....

Anonymous said...


Posted - March 23rd, 2007, 9:12 AM
By: From Staff Reports

The Diocese of Allentown has announced that Bishop Cullen has accepted the recommendations of Diocesan Pastoral Council to close Cardinal Brennan High School. The school will officially close at the end of the present school year.

For more details, see Saturday REPUBLICAN & Herald.

Sharon Gower CB '84 said...

God bless all the faculty, staff, students,families, alumni of CBHS that are affected by this decision-
Once again, the snake's venom has penetrated many-hope the DPC and his Excellency is able to sleep @night-

Jim Connors said...

From The Morning Call
March 23, 2007 - 11:17 AM EDT
Allentown Diocese closing Cardinal Brennan High School
Cardinal Brennan Junior/Senior High School in Ashland will close at the end of the school year, the Diocese of Allentown announced today.

In a letter to parents of students at the school, Bishop Edward P. Cullen wrote that he accepted recommendations to close Cardinal Brennan.

According to the letter, a Diocesan Pastoral Council studied the school's future and concluded that it would not be able to resolve enrollment and financial problems. The bishop wrote that he also sought the advice of a Council of Priests and Diocesan Finance Council, and all three bodies recommended closing Cardinal Brennan.

Cardinal Brennan underclassmen be welcomed at Marian High School in Tamaqua or Nativity BVM High School in Pottsville, Bishop Cullen wrote. He also said that seventh and eighth grade instruction will be restored at Trinity Academy at the Father Walter J. Ciszek Education Center in Shenandoah in September.

According to Cullen, transition teams will be formed at all three high schools and Trinity Academy. These teams will be responsible for the transfer of records, arrangements for bus transportation, the integration of academic credits and other issues. The diocese will provide opportunities for parents and students to visit the three schools.

In his letter, the bishop recalled the commitment of Cardinal Brennan parents to Catholic education and said, "Be assured the Diocese of Allentown remains firm in its commitment to provide the children of Schuylkill County with an excellent Catholic education."

Morning Call staff reports

Copyright © 2007, The Morning Call

Anonymous said...

does anyone know who the Council of Priests were??

Anonymous said...

In the US, Catholic school enrollment has declined, from 5.2 million students in nearly 13,000 schools in 1960 to 2.3 million students in 7,500 schools today. Fifty years ago Catholic schools educated 12 percent of all schoolchildren in the United States; today they enroll less than 5 percent. Because of population trends, the situation in Schuylkill County is even worse.

There are other factors at play: Not as many parents are willing to make the sacrifice to educate their children. There are fewer children. The cost of education continues to soar. Politicians have failed to make good on promises for school "vouchers."

The trend is much bigger than Cardinal Brennan and the Allentown Diocese. The Diocese actually propped up Brennan to the tune of 1.1 million dollars before coming to this point, as reported in the Pottsville Republican.

The parents and the students at Brennan understandably are feeling disturbed. As a Catholic, however, it upsets me to see them lash out at the Bishop and other officials. These officials are obviouisly not happy to have come to this point. They have been more than fair. They are the ones most in favor of Catholic education.

Where is the outrage against a system that has made receiving a Catholic education so difficult? We are coming to a point where only the rich are able to afford it. The bishops did not create this situation. Why are we blaming our own?