Jane, thanks for your reply. It stirred enough memories that I pasted it to my word processor so I can compose a reply. Be assured that I leave long-distance diagnosis to people more qualified than I.
Part of my reason for composing replies off line is that I occasionally touch keys I don't intend to touch and what I'm typing suddenly and irretrievably disappears--as three paragraphs just did.
I'd been describing what may have been my dad's reasons for taking his oldest two (my sister and I) out of public schools and sending the five of us (three came along later) to Catholic schools. I recently turned eighty and about five years ago (decades after my dad died without having told his reason) I learned that in the late 1930s a church spokesman had said Catholic parents have a duty to send their children to Catholic schools. The late 1930s was when he did it.