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Breaking: Southern Catholic College folds
Our Sunday Visitor -Blog ^ | April 7, 2010 | John Norton

Posted on 04/07/2010 8:25:28 PM PDT by It's me

Unbelievable. Southern Catholic College, the new Catholic college just outside Atlanta, Georgia, is suddenly shutting its doors because it's broke. The school was just taken over by the Legion of Christ this year, and the fact that the order is under investigation by the Vatican may have something to do with donors' reluctance to keep the school going. But to not even have money in the bank to finish out the school year? Wow. A sad day for the students, staff and faculty, I'm sure.

Below is the email from the president of SCC announcing the closure.

From: Fr. Shawn Aaron Sent: Wednesday, April 07, 2010 9:31 AM To: All Faculty; All Staff; All Students Subject: Urgent update about Southern Catholic College Importance: High

I pray that you had a fruitful Holy Week and a very blessed Easter! Each of you has been in my prayers and sacrifices in an even more particular way during this time.

On Wednesday of Holy Week, March 31, Fr. Brian Higgins visited a benefactor to solicit financial help that would ensure the financial viability of Southern Catholic. I am extremely grateful to him for his effort –as I am grateful to the benefactor for even considering our petition for support. Unfortunately, it was not to be. This has proven to be the last in a series of efforts to procure financing that would allow us to at least complete the semester on May 13.

I deeply regret that I must inform you that, as of Thursday, April 15, Southern Catholic will close its doors for the semester. It pains me to evedn write this phrase. It also doubly distresses me that, not only must I communicate this difficult news; I am prevented from communicating it in person. The timing of the request of the benefactor on March 31 coupled with Spring Break has forced me to draft this note as opposed to telling you in person. Please forgive me for this.

There will be a general assembly for Faculty, Staff and Students on Monday, April 12, at 10AM. This way I can field the questions you will certainly have. We will also provide detailed information for Faculty, Staff and Students relevant to each group regarding specifics such as transcripts, grades, graduation, COBRA, unemployment, etc… All of this information will be provided on April 12.

For all students: · NPEC has confirmed that our students will receive full credit for the entire semester even though we are required to close our doors on April 15. · Students may stay on campus from April 11-15, in order to say goodbye to fellow students, collect your belongings, request pertinent information from Academic Affairs, Financial Affairs, and check-in and out with Student Affairs.

Words cannot express how profoundly sorrowful I am at this situation. Yet I also know that Our Lord has proven himself stronger than death and therefore stronger than our pain, weaknesses and circumstances. We must continually turn to him for strength.

As always, my door is open for those who wish to speak with me. Please know that my prayers are constantly with all of you. Please pray for me.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Shawn Aaron, LC President

TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: atlanta; catholic; catholiccolleges; college; highereducation
This is so sad. They have just been open for five years.
1 posted on 04/07/2010 8:25:28 PM PDT by It's me
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To: It's me

Why is is under investigation by the Vatican?

2 posted on 04/07/2010 8:30:36 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady (.)
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To: It's me

Never heard of it.

3 posted on 04/07/2010 8:31:27 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: Wisconsinlady

No money.
They had money troubles last May and nearly closed last year. They have one month until they graduate their second class. Poor kids.

4 posted on 04/07/2010 8:39:31 PM PDT by It's me
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To: It's me

It’s worth reading the comments below the article at the web site. Some of them appear to be well informed.

It would seem that hard times and lack of funds forced the closing. Several comments say that it would have closed a year earlier if the Legionaries had not agreed to take it over.

The Legionaries of Christ are a traditional Catholic group with conservative views. Their problem is that their founder appears to have been a bad apple. I don’t know how you can have what seems to be a good religious order founded by a bad apple, but that seems to be the case. Presumably the Vatican investigation has not finished, and there may be others in the order who were implicated or who knew about the problem but kept silent. But from what I have seen, most of those in the order are good people who are going through a very hard time because of the scandal of their founder.

Very sad.

5 posted on 04/07/2010 8:40:17 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Onelifetogive

Just as you submit joyously to vileness.

7 posted on 04/07/2010 9:09:01 PM PDT by heights
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To: It's me

Of course, many who would have donated to this school were forced by the taxation authorities to “donate” to atheist gov’t schools.

8 posted on 04/07/2010 9:24:33 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: Onelifetogive

Congrats, you’ve driven someone away from FR!

10 posted on 04/07/2010 9:28:13 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain.)
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To: Trailerpark Badass

But it’s ok to use filthy language on FR, right?

11 posted on 04/07/2010 9:34:51 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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