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Kate wrote:

Hi, guys —

I attended a Catholic grade school and one of my best friends who attended the school was not Catholic.

Ever since, I have always been interested in learning why non-Catholic parents send their children to Catholic schools and the worries, if any, they have about their choice.

Now that I am in college, I've been given an opportunity to explore this in a research paper, however, after beginning my research, I cannot find a source that explains the history of
non-Catholics in Catholic schools.

I am just wondering if there is a specific date or document that allowed the Catholic school districts to open their doors to non-Catholics.

Thank you for your time,


  { Can you provide the origins of Catholic school districts opening their doors to non-Catholics? }

Mary Ann replied:

Dear Kate,

Non-Catholics were always allowed in Catholic schools, if room permitted. Priority was given to the children of the parish because in the old days the whole parish paid for the school.

Mary Ann

Mike replied:

Hi, Kate —

In addition to what my colleague Mary Ann has said, for those unfamiliar with the performance of Catholic education in the United States, the statistics show that Catholic schools have always given children, one of, if not, the best educations in the United States.

I say this, not on the basis of being a Catholic, but on the basis of objective statistics.

Hope this helps,


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