Roman Catholics: laboratory in La Porte

Caught between rising costs and ever greater demands for academic excellence, the nation's Roman Catholic parochial schools are in trouble. Last week, an official of the National Catholic Educational Association estimated that in the past year more than 200 schools had shut down. Concurrently, Archbishop Terence J. Cooke of New York announced that he had named an interfaith commission of education and business experts to undertake a survey of his archdiocese's 432 schools. "We must be certain," said Cooke, "that the resources, personnel and facilities of the church are employed in...