Swansong for St. Martin of Tours, the Bronx

On Friday, the New York Times ran a feature article on St. Martin of Tours, a Bronx elementary school that closed the previous Wednesday after a run of 86 years. In the words of the Times, St. Martin’s had survived “gang fights, racial unrest and crack wars,” and “helped generations of immigrant children become Americans” and propelled “Latino and African-American children into the middle class after the tumult of the 1960s, when drastic changes washed over both the church and urban America.”

If the schoo’s history is impressive, its numbers are anything but. This year, it is expected to run $397,000 in the red — a high figure considering only 104 students attend. In this, St. Martin’s is anything but unusual. This past January, the Archdiocese of New York produced a list of 32 at-risk schools, including St. Martin’s, and asked the schools to submit plans for restoring their long-term viability. The plans of four schools were accepted; the other schools will close on schedule, and the diocesan subsidy of $13 million will be distributed among the remaining schools. It amounts to a financial triage system — a diversion of care from the hopeless cases to those whose survival is merely dubious.

The author of the Times article is David Gonzalez, a graduate of St. Martin’s. Though he doesn’t make himself a major character in the story, he appears just long enough to tell us: he attended the school’s last graduation ceremony “to fulfill a final work fo mercy: to bury the dead.”

It’s a powerful, sad and very relevant story, touching on diocesan budgets, as well as declines in parochial school enrollment and religious vocations. read the rest here:

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  • jkm

    Off subject, but Max, you need a proofreader. You write far too beautifully to make us live with this high a percentage of typos.

  • Mike Bizzaro

    Mother and Virgin … Pray for us

    Wisdom 7:26 >
    “She is the … unspotted mirror of God’s majesty.”
    Psalm 45:5 >
    “The most High hath sanctified His own tabernacle.”
    Ezechiel 44:2 >
    “This gate shall be shut … the God of Israel hath entered in by it.”

    What saves your soul – Heresy or Catholic Dogma ?

    1. Can the Ex-Cathedra Dogma from 20 Catholic Councils be rejected and ignored by the meeting known as the “Vatican-2 council” (1962-1965) ? There are over 200 heresies against Dogma in the V-2 documents.

    No it can’t …
    Section 12 of Immaculata-one.com — lists much of the V-2 heresy with Catholic corrections.

    –> Check the Vatican website yourself, V-2 documents at: vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/index.htm.

    2. Can you get your own soul to Heaven if you don’t know and believe the Ex-Cathedra Dogma of the Catholic Church ?

    No you can’t …
    Sections 5.1 and 9 of Immaculata-one.com

    –> The Catholic Dogma is from the Catholic God, it isn’t from men.

    3. Was the religion of the Old Testament Israelites … the Catholic Faith unfulfilled ?

    Yes it was — Sections 2.3, 4, 7.2.1, 31, 39.1, and 78 of Immaculata-one.com

    –> Daniel 9:26, prophesy > “Christ shall be slain: and the people that shall deny Him shall not be His.”
    –> Proverbs 30:4 > “Who hath ascended up into Heaven, and descended ? … And what is the name of His Son ?”

    4. Have you ever seen the Catholic Ex-Cathedra Dogma on automatic excommunication for heresy, ignorance of the Dogma, or for physical participation in a heretical society?

    No you haven’t …
    Section 13.2 of Immaculata-one.com

    5. Have you ever seen the De Fide Catholic Dogma that you must believe to get to Heaven ?

    No you haven’t …
    Section 3 of Immaculata-one.com

    6. Is there Ex-Cathedra Dogma on Water Baptism which specifically rules out the heresies of “baptism of desire” and “baptism of blood” ?

    Yes there is, nineteen (19) of them …
    Section 7.2 of Immaculata-one.com

    7. Is ignorance of the Catholic Dogma a ticket to get heretics (including vatican-2 heretics) into Heaven ?

    No it isn’t …
    Sections 5, 5.1, 5.2, 8, 9 of Immaculata-one.com

    8. Does the Vatican-2 heretic cult, founded in 1965 at the Vatican, have the Office of the Papacy ?

    No only the Catholic Church has the Papacy … the Vatican-2 cult’s “sede-vacantist” labeling smokescreen is completely anti-Christ because it rejects the Catholic Dogma on automatic excommunication for heresy …
    Section 13.4 of Immaculata-one.com

    9. Does the Catholic writing of Saint Matthew 16:18 – the “Gates of Hell” scripture – mean that the Papacy may not fall vacant because of heresy ?

    No … the Church has defined: “Gates of Hell” as … heresy not prevailing against the Dogma …
    Section 13.3 of Immaculata-one.com

    10. Is there Catholic Dogma on how to re-enter the Catholic Church after automatic excommunication for heresy or for physical participation in a heretical society such as the vatican-2 or sspx cults?

    Yes there is …
    Section 19.1 of Immaculata-one.com

    11. Is there Catholic Dogma on how to return to a state of grace when Sacramental Confession is not available ?
    (There is no remission of sin outside of the Catholic Church … in the V-2 cult)

    Yes there is …
    Section 10.2 of Immaculata-one.com

    12. Can you get to Heaven as a participant in a heretical society which rejects even a single Catholic Dogma … “worshiping” – for example – the “vatican-2 god” or the “sspx god” in their meeting halls ?

    No you can’t …
    Sections 13.2, 88, 90, 99, and 105 of Immaculata-one.com

    13. Was Jesus Christ a jew ? (Note: The judaism apostasy out of the Israelite covenant started about 200 B.C.)

    No He wasn’t …
    Section 39.1 of Immaculata-one.com

    –> Daniel 9:26, prophesy > “Christ shall be slain: and the people that shall deny Him shall not be His.”

    14. Was the “Vatican-2 council” of apostasy set up well before 1962 ?

    Yes it was …
    Sections 20, 20.1, and 20.2 of Immaculata-one.com

    15. After leaving the Vatican-2 cult to become Catholic … can you get to Heaven without doing works of charity ?

    No you can’t — Sections 28, 29, and 85 of Immaculata-one.com

    –> Saint James 2:20 > “The body without the spirit is dead; so also faith without works is dead.”
    –> Saint Matthew 16:27 > “The Son of Man shall … render to every man according to his works.”

    16. Is there salvation outside of the Catholic Church and … is one in the Catholic Church if he rejects even a single Dogma of the Church ?

    No and no …
    Sections 1, 2, 5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 7, 7.2, 8, and 9 of Immaculata-one.com

    17. Are a great many people saved from Hell ?
    Saint Augustine, Doctor of the Church, died 430 A.D.: “It is certain that few are saved.”

    No … very few are saved …
    Section 22 of Immaculata-one.com

    Our Lady of Conquest
    Pray for us

  • jkm

    Oh dear. Maybe I was premature. You might need more than a proofreader. Maybe a combox bouncer?

  • Theresaquigley

    Well-his last name is Bizzaro!

  • zmama

    All too common story here in the AD of Phila. as well, both in the city and now the inner ring suburbs where we live.

  • Tim Bug

    Ban Bizzaro—pleaze

  • Anonymous

    SOorry — I was away most of yesterday. Bizzaro’s gone. So, for that matter is Slyvan.