Parents appeal to Vatican over school closures

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Parents at two Roman Catholic elementary schools in Philadelphia want the Vatican to halt plans to close the buildings as the Archdiocese consolidates schools amid declining enrollment.

Archbishop Charles Chaput has already denied appeals about the future of two South Philadelphia. So the parents hired a Boston-based attorney to travel to Rome on Sunday and ask the Vatican to intercede.

Peter Borre tells the Philadelphia Daily News (http://bit.ly/GSCsRb ) an appeal has already been filed with the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education.

The Archdiocese wants Sacred Heart of Jesus and Our Lady of Mount Carmel schools to merge with a third school. The parents want the merger to be at Mount Carmel.

Borre helped 13 parishes in Cleveland get the Vatican to reverse a diocese closing decision earlier this month.