Bishop defends decision to close schools

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone is defending the Catholic Diocese’s decision to close 10 schools.

Parents have been turning up the pressure on the bishop to give more answers. In Hamburg, parents put up a billboard that questions the decision and asks for answers.

But the bishop says he has already given the answers parents are looking for: there are fewer students and too many school buildings because of declining enrollment.

“My plan is instead of letting one, two, or three of the schools gradually die on the vine, instead, as hard as it is, it’s better to prune the vine. So the children won’t be in schools that are 60 percent or 65 percent full. We can have a fuller school, and instead of spending excess resources on too many buildings, we can use those monies to enhance the academic programs and the faith formation programs in the remaining schools,” he explained.

Ten catholic schools will close at the end of the academic year. Parents at some of those schools are still fighting to keep them open. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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