Archdiocese of Philadelphia tries something new to regain ground after abuse scandal; starts "independent charitable foundation" to help administer church programs.
"In a significant break from custom, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will announce Tuesday the creation of an independent charitable foundation designed to reengage disaffected Catholics and boost giving. The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia follows the formula used last year in turning over management of archdiocesan high schools to the Faith in the Future Foundation. It gives lay leaders more say over church functions that have long been kept under tight control by the hierarchy." -- the Philadelphia Inquirer