A saint of confusion - Brooklyn Paper

A saint of confusion

The St. Charles Borromeo school saga continued this week as some parents remain convinced that the school will reopen while the Diocese of Brooklyn insists that it is not going to happen.

The Diocese closed the Sidney Place school after a small fire on Feb. 13 — but when the smoke cleared, the Diocese opted for a permanent shut down, citing dwindling enrollment.

Meanwhile, the Rev. Charles Krause, the pastor of St. Charles Borromeo church next door, continues to tell parents that a reopening might be possible next year.

“We are refitting the school to be reopened,” he said.


“Absolutely,” said Krause.

Diocese spokesman Frank De Rosa had told The Stoop that there are no plans to reopen the school, and that the building would be leased or sold.

Nonetheless, the school’s financial committee has already started planning repairs. And St. Charles parents are more than willing to believe in miracles.

“We have been informed by Bishop DiMarzio through our pastor that the school will reopen,” said one commenter on brooklynheightsblog.com calling himself Eric Parish. “Joy.”

It’s “joy” for now. But if De Rosa is right, it’ll be “oy” soon enough.

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