archbishop charles chaput: Philadelphia Metropolis
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It's one thing to be a faith-based organization. It's another thing to take the leap of faith Archbishop Charles Chaput executed over the last two weeks on the future of Catholic education. It was the equivalent of an Acapulco cliff dive.
Confronted with a Blue Ribbon Commission report that called for severe contraction of Catholic education in the region, Chaput headed in another direction.
Two weeks ago, he overturned the Commission's recommendation to close 48 grade schools in the archdiocese, deciding instead to keep many of them open. In Philadelphia alone, where 19 grade schools were due to close, the list was cut to 11
It sounded like the death knell for Catholic education in Philadelphia.
Last month, a Blue Ribbons Committee, originally appointed by Cardinal Justin Rigali, issued a report recommending the closing or consolidation of dozens of Catholic schools in the region.
Philadelphia was particularly hard hit, with the commission calling for the closing of 19 grade schools and two high schools.
Then a wonderful thing happened.