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Philadelphia’s Archbishop  Charles Chaput is breaking more and important ground with a turn-over of 14 of his diocesan schools to a charter system that can make full use of the physical plant in an age of terribly tight budgets.  Some Catholic dioceses have been reluctant to move in this direction, but a Church focused on the needs of its youngest members will make sure that every square inch of school space is being used by great teachers operating as close as they can to the traditional charter of the parochial school system of the ”50s and ’60s, retaining Catholic identity but adding in new management structures to make them flourish again.

Even more important than the move with the schools, however, is the address the Archbishop delivered this past weekend in Washington D.C., Wisdom, Christian Witness and the Year of Faith.  Read it, then read it again.

 Archbishop Charles J. Chaput signed documents Monday designating 14 former parish elementary schools in low-income neighborhoods as Catholic "mission schools" operated by an independent network. (Charles Fox / Staff Photographer)

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