Relatives have decided to take their kids out of their Catholic school and move them to public school, starting in 9th grade, as a cost-cutting measure. The kids have confided in me that they aren’t too happy about it, and are a more than a little apprehensive about the transition. I might add that my kids go to the same school, so I know there’s nothing ‘wacky’ about the school. It’s not the perfect example of Catholic schools, but it’s waaaay better than any public school I know of.
Now, it’s none of my business, so I have refrained in making any remarks, thus far. They have plenty of money, and I see many, many luxuries that could be done away with. Personally, I would sell everything I’ve got, if that’s what it took to keep my kids in Catholic school. They like to show the ‘ImabigCatholic’ image to everyone, so I’m puzzled by their desire to go to public schools. But again, they’re not my kids, so I just don’t say anything.
My question is this. What should I say when the kids confide in me about it, and should I remain silent to their parents about this? What does the Church say about this topic? Is there any documentation discussing this?