The Denver Roman Catholic Archdiocese on Thursday announced a $3 million voucher program to help parents who can’t afford Catholic schooling for their children.
Church officials said they modeled the privately funded grant program after an embattled public-voucher system, which the Catholic Church supported, that never went into effect in Colorado. The state Supreme Court ruled the program unconstitutional in 2004.
This defeat created a need, Archbishop Charles Chaput said.
"I think if we had government vouchers, our Catholic schools would be full," he said.
Chaput said giving charitable funds in the form of vouchers is not a political statement. The church intended to give parents the financial power to choose where to send their kids and how to nurture their spirituality, he said.
It is good to see the Archbishop not waiting around for the government to do what should be done and to help ensure the availability of a Catholic education to those who can’t afford it (or at least not while simultaneously paying properties taxes to provide money to send other people’s kids to public schools.) Being that this is the Archdiocese of Denver the Catholic schools there probably even provide a solid Catholic education