- Catholic demographics
There is a rapid decline in Ontario Catholicism. It is becoming more and more like Quebec Catholicism. In Quebec City, 90% of parishes have merged/closed into 20 “pastoral centres”. Ontario is becoming a province of “baptized pagans”
2. LGBTQ Activists will never be happy with any traditional teaching in Catholic schools. Even TCDSB teacher Debuono wants defunding of Catholic schools after his victory for rainbow flags at schools. People like Gerry Butts are pushing for defunding now too.
3. Deepening hatred of Catholic Church because of Residential schools. This will further reduce support for Catholic school funding. One party (lib or NDP) will soon see defunding as a path to electoral victory. 2 yrs ago, 40% of Catholics supported a single public system. What will it be in 2022??
4. Deepening provincial debt crisis will cause governments to look for any savings they can find.
Ontario is the most indebted sub-national state in the world. We have $400B in debt. As interest rates rise of the next few yrs, we will have a financial crisis. There are not huge savings to be found in defunding Catholic schools (a few hundred million from less busing, less board admin, etc) but this few hundred million will be huge when we are in debt crisis.
As well, we have a grey tsunami of elderly coming – this will put a huge financial pressure on the healthcare and LTC system. We are already way below OECD averages for beds/1K persons etc.
a) rapid decline of Catholic demographics
b) leftist activists (LGBTQ etc) will never be happy with only rainbow flags. They really want defunding.
c) rapidly declining support for funding because of residential schools etc. Some party will use this for electoral victory
d) debt crisis and aging population will cause financial problems for province. People will use this to argue for defunding Catholic schools.
This blog calls for vouchers and support for various methods of schools. This is done in most of Europe!
Parishes and parents should start preparing for US style “parochial schools” with classical Catholic curriculum