Archbishop Charles J. Chaput is calling on Catholics angered by plans to close schools throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to direct their energies to getting their elected officials to support school vouchers instead.
"Some Catholics - too many - seem to find it easier to criticize their own leaders than to face the fact that they're discriminated against every day of the year," he says in his weekly column for www.CatholicPhilly.com. "They pay once for public schools; then they pay again for the Catholic schools they rightly hold in such esteem."
"But Catholics should hold public leaders - beginning with our elected officials in Harrisburg - to an equally demanding standard. School choice may not answer every financial challenge in Catholic education; but vouchers would make a decisive difference. They'd help our schools enormously. To put it simply: Vouchers are a matter of parental rights and basic justice."