News and Tribune


January 24, 2013

MORRIS: St. Mary’s school closing calls for unity


I think we should do everything we can to keep our school open. We should appeal, we should plead our case and not go down without a fight. But we shouldn’t damage relationships or throw others under the bus if the decision remains to close the school after May 31. St. Mary’s Catholic Church will go on, and we must do everything we can to move our church community forward.

I sent two children through St. Mary’s Catholic Academy and my wife and I coached volleyball at the school for more than 10 years. We have developed so many friendships from our experience as school parents and coaches. I can’t say enough about the teachers, past and present, who have helped shape so many lives and provided such a quality education for my daughters and thousands of others.

I love St. Mary’s and its people. We are all angry and upset by this decision. However, we can’t be totally surprised or act like we had no idea this was possible. Most of us knew the debt we were incurring by just reading the weekly bulletin. When you owe someone $1.2 million, there is always that possibility they will say “pay up.” And that is basically what the archdiocese has done — cut up our credit card. 

We must stay unified and do what we can to try and keep our beloved school open. But we must do it without losing our faith or throwing false accusations at those who do not deserve it. 

Let’s stop the finger-pointing.

— Chris Morris is assistant editor at the News and Tribune. Reach him via email at or 812-206-2155.

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