CHICAGO — Moody’s Investors Service assigned an A1 rating to the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago’s possible $151 million private placement of unsecured senior notes to repay loans and fund construction projects.

The archdiocese, established in 1843, solicited financing ideas from bankers last year and settled on a private placement, according to public finance sources. “We are contemplating alternative financing, one option of which is the proposed private placement,” said an archdiocese spokeswoman, who declined any further comment. “We are constrained by securities law from making any comment at all.”

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