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Illinois diocese to ask Catholic-school parents to make commitment to support Church, follow moral teachings


The Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, is weighing a policy that would require parents of parochial-school students to agree that they will attend Mass every Sunday and contribute to the support of the Church. The proposal is raising hackles among some non-Catholic parents of children in diocesan schools.

The proposed “Family School Agreement,” which has been circulated in draft form to pastors and school principals, calls for parents to attend Mass regularly and to work “toward the goal of giving at least 8% of their income to the parish.” (A spokesman for the diocese acknowledged that the 8% figure was an “aspirational” goal.) The agreement has been tentatively approved by Bishop Thomas Paprocki, but not finalized pending responses from the pastors and principals.


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