A glance at some recent newspaper stories and editorials on school choice would lead one to believe the school choice movement is a Catholic conspiracy being engineered by a sinister group of red-robed figures who take their orders from the Vatican. Some in the local media apparently believe the school choice movement is some sort of papal plot to take over education in Pennsylvania.
As a Protestant Philadelphian, I feel it is important to address the notion that the push for school choice is primarily a Catholic movement. Although many Catholics support the movement for school choice, the movement has never drawn its strength primarily from Catholics or from the Catholic Church. Instead, the movement draws its strength primarily from the overwhelming support for school choice that exists among the vast majority of Pennsylvanians (including those who consider themselves neither Catholic nor Protestant).