With just over two weeks until Pope Francis arrives in the U.S., the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced a new Catholic identity pledge that all parents with children in Catholic schools will be required to sign.
Parents will receive the page-long “Memorandum of Understanding” in applications and handbooks, reported the Philadelphia Inquirer, and they will be instructed to sign it. Their signature will mean the following:
“In addition to its pledge of support, the document notes that Catholic schooling is ‘a privilege, not a right,’ and its primary purpose is to strengthen faith. It said schools exist ‘to advance the faith mission’ of the parish, archdiocese, or Catholic religious community; that their ‘priority is fidelity to Catholic teaching and identity’; that schools and administrators have a responsibility to ensure that Catholic teaching and ‘moral integrity permeate every facet of the school’s life…
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