Students, Parents Protest Catholic School Cuts, Diocese Responds

April 6, 2014 Updated Apr 6, 2014 at 6:00 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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Students, Parents Protest Catholic School Cuts, Diocese Responds

April 6, 2014 Updated Apr 6, 2014 at 6:00 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) Students, parents and faculty protested the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo's decision to close ten elementary schools, and took their message straight to the Bishop's doorstep.

Back in January, Bishop Malone announced the schools would close at the end of the school year because of declining enrollment and other factors.

At today's protest outside of the Bishop's home, protestors pleaded to have their schools reconsidered.

Throughout the whole process, many parents wonder how much financial gain for the diocese played a role in the decisions.

In a press conference responding to the protest, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Sister Carol Cimino said "there is no financial gain for the diocese in closing the schools. Every single school charges a tuition that is below the per-people cost. The gap between the per-people cost and the tuition is met by the parishes and the diocese."

Four of the schools set to close have filed appeals to The Vatican in hopes of over-turning their closures.

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