L.A. Catholic schools struggle to survive

Oct. 30, 2007
Archdiocese sees plummeting enrollment.

A grim economic reality has been building for years in the nation's Catholic schools: Hit by rising costs and tuition and declining enrollment, many are fighting for survival. In the Los Angeles Archdiocese, total enrollment has dropped to about 62,000 this year from more than 100,000 seven years ago.
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EARLIER: Citing financial constraints in part caused by its massive settlement with victims of sexual abuse by priests, the Los Angeles Archdiocese is closing Daniel Murphy Catholic High School, a boys academy. The school, built in the 1950s on the site of a former seminary, has been losing enrollment for more than a decade. The archdiocese in July announced a $660 million settlement with the victims of hundreds of clergy abuse cases. At least $250 million and up to $373 million of the total will be paid directly by the archdiocese, with the rest coming from insurers and various religious orders.
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