By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Cardinal Justin Rigali has announced the names of a 17-member commission that will take a tough look at the future of Catholic schools in the region.

With enrollment declining and tuition going up, Rigali has formed a panel of business and religious representatives to draft a plan for the future of Catholic education.

Retired DuPont executive and Villanova trustee Jack Quindlen chairs the commission.  He says that although the group likely will not recommend individual school closings, it will examine the hard realities.

“We have to look at everything,” Quindlen said.  “We have to look at assets, we have to look at buildings, we have to look at finances, we have to look at education, we have to look at logistics.  We have to look at everything.”

The commission begins meetings next month.  Quindlen hopes to have a final report ready by the fall.

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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