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Before the Cross - Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's Column

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Archbishop Robert J. Carlson

Three scholars at The Catholic University of America recently published the results of significant research they conducted on the value of Catholic schools and the challenges facing them in the United States today. In the study, titled "Weathering the Storm: Moving Catholic Schools Forward," the authors write: "In the vast majority of cases, Catholic schools close because the financial circumstances of the school have become untenable."

They then list seven factors that contribute to a school's "untenable" financial circumstances:

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