Catholic schools continue to face closure and besides the students, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, also finds herself feeling highly affected by the news.
According to The New York Times, the Archdiocese of New York has closed 56 schools, the majority elementary schools. Out of the 56 schools, 13 of them are in the Bronx. Blessed Sacrament, the school which Sotomayor attended as a child, is one of the schools facing closure this year.
“The worst thing is, these kids could lose their faith in the adults around them,” she said in an interview inside her old fifth-grade classroom. “Children need to feel secure. This makes it worse. These kids are going to carry this trauma with them for the rest of their lives.”
Sotomayor emotions speaks volumes to the Latino and black professionals and public servants who attended Catholic schools which led them to their successful careers. Catholic schools have been somewhat of a lifeline for minorities, but with increasing financial challenges, enrollment has dropped tremendously.