Today’s highly interesting read (04/14/21): The Value of Organized Religion to a Representative Republic

The 'secret sauce' that helps Catholic schools over-achieve

I attended St. Anthony’s elementary school for grades K-8 on the near south side of Milwaukee many years ago. I graduated in 1971. There was a time later when it took Sunday bingo to keep the one small school building alive.

Today, St. Anthony’s is the largest school choice school in Wisconsin with four campuses, serving 1,600 K-12 students, and it’s vibrant, alive, and thriving I’m happy to report.

My daughter, Kyla, attended St. Anthony’s until this year when she enrolled in Franklin’s extraordinary middle school. There was simply no comparison between what Franklin and St. Anthony’s offered at that level. Having said that, our family does and always will support St. Anthony’s.

Today’s read is from one of my favorite columnists, Tom Purcell who normally is a humorist. Not this time as he gets serious. Here’s an excerpt:

Fewer Americans are attending traditional church services. Fewer are attending Catholic schools, too. 


According to Gallup, the number of Americans who belong to a church, synagogue or mosque continued to decline last year, dropping below 50 percent for the first time in Gallup’s eight-decade trend.


And thanks to the COVID pandemic, ABC News says enrollment in Catholic schools has seen the largest single-year decline in at least five decades.

I’m not sure what this rapid secularization of America means for our future.

But I do admit I wish more of today’s children could experience the memorable upbringing I enjoyed growing up in a Catholic family.

Read the entire column here.

4 thoughts on “Today’s highly interesting read (04/14/21): The Value of Organized Religion to a Representative Republic

  1. We need nuns in the Senate and House and maybe even a nun for President. Then we’ll see who wears a mask and gets vaccinated. A little differfent trast of Democracy. Signed: St John’s Parochial School Grad, Ishpeming MI Class of 1952

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