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  • The World Pierces In

    05/23/2014 5:26:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 23, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    In 1540, Hernando de Soto marched through Middle Georgia not far from where this column originates. Just down river from where I am in Macon, Georgia, de Soto performed the first baptism in North America on the banks of the Ocmulgee River. That river cuts a lazy path through Macon and Middle Georgia. The Ocmulgee Indian natives, over time, migrated out of the area under force from the new natives, the Americans. Those new natives lived a quiet existence where rarely, like de Soto marching through, the outside world pierced in. When Sherman marched through in the Civil War,...
  • Charlotte diocesan, school officials apologize for controversial presentation on homosexuality

    04/04/2014 2:37:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 47 replies
    CWN ^ | 4/3/2014
    Two weeks after a Nashville Dominican nun spoke to students at one of North Carolina’s largest Catholic schools and delivered a presentation critical of homosexuality, diocesan and school officials offered apologies at a meeting attended by an estimated 900 parents. “Many said that” the first part of Sister Jane Dominic Laurel’s presentation at Charlotte Catholic High School “was excellent and fully in line with the Catholic faith,” said Father Roger Arnsparger, the Diocese of Charlotte’s vicar of education, as quoted on the diocesan newspaper’s website. “There was unfortunately a misunderstanding about the content of the last part of the presentation,”...
  • Who Will Lead the Fight to Catholicize the Summer Reading Lists at Catholic High Schools?

    03/28/2014 5:07:59 PM PDT · by Diago · 31 replies
    The Culture of Life Review ^ | 3/28/2014 | Brother Decan
    Last summer, Carl E. Olson at Catholic World Report, exposed the horrendous state of Catholic high school summer reading lists by highlighting one particularly smutty and ludicrously vulgar novel assigned to incoming freshmen at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland.  And St. Ignatius wasn't alone - a quick google search revealed that dozens of other Catholic schools had assigned the same poorly written piece of garbage.  We really don't want to revisit here all the gratuitously lewd, crude and lascivious passages in this very unfortunates selection for teen reading. But for purposes of background and so that others can grasp the gravity...
  • Cursive writing returns to Toronto Catholic schools

    03/15/2014 7:47:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | Fri Mar 14, 2014 | Kristin Rushowy
    When kids put pen to paper, chances are they are printing. But Toronto’s Catholic board, hand-wringing over the handwriting skills of its students, is now looking to make sure all of them learn cursive. Parents have told her their children can’t sign their name, “or they have been handed a handwritten note and can’t read it,” said Trustee Ann Andrachuk. She proposed a recent motion—unanimously approved—asking board staff how to reintroduce cursive in all schools, and how early children should start learning it. […] Across Canada and the United States, concerns have been raised that cursive is becoming a lost...
  • Fired for Gay Marriage, Seattle-Area Catholic School Official Sues

    03/08/2014 4:14:26 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/7/14 | Jonathan Kaminsky, Reuters
    (Reuters) - A suburban Seattle Catholic school vice principal who was fired in December for violating religious doctrine by marrying his same-sex partner, on Friday sued the school and the Archdiocese of Seattle for wrongful dismissal. Mark Zmuda, who was also a swim coach at Eastside Catholic School, said he took the job after reading a school policy, since removed from its website, that it does not discriminate on the basis of an employee's sexual orientation or marital status. His ouster, which led to student protests followed by the school president's resignation, is an example of tension between the increasing...
  • Catholic High School Student Fights Teacher on Truth of the Resurrection

    06/08/2011 7:10:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 6/8/11 | Rebecca Millette
    NORTH BAY, Ontario, June 8, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - “If Catholic students are required to go to so much trouble with their Catholic teachers to defend a teaching as simple as the resurrection, what do they have to do in their Catholic schools to defend teachings on abortion, homosexuality, or same-sex ‘marriage’?” asked Suresh Dominic of Campaign Life Coalition Catholics commenting on the case of Francesca Sinicrope. A Grade 12 student of North Bay, Ontario, Sinicrope has recently gone to battle with a teacher and principal at her Catholic High School over the truth of Christ’s Resurrection. “He told us people...
  • The growing elitism of Catholic education

    01/07/2014 11:43:40 AM PST · by Welchie25 · 64 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 1/7/14 | Dr. Bianchi
    One of the hot topics during our family’s Christmas gathering was Catholic education. My niece is a senior in high school, and as with everyone her age, she is consumed with selecting a college. Her parents are allowing her some freedom, but prefer that she attends a college with a good, Catholic environment. They were all impressed with Catholic University of America. For my sister and brother-in-law, it was local and had a good religious atmosphere, and for my niece, it had solid academic programs and quick access to the city. I spent many years at CUA, earning my doctorate,...
  • The Common Core: A Train Wreck Coming for Catholic Schools…

    01/03/2014 7:01:20 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | 12/14/13 | The Motley Monk
    For quite a while, The Motley Monk has been on top of the Common Core, concerned about its implications for Catholic schools. Last September, The Motley Monk discussed some reasons why parents should be wary. In November, he pointed out why a number of Catholic school principals fear its potential impacts for curriculum. Also in November, The Motley Monk questioned whether the NCEA had embraced the secularist educational agenda of the Common Core irrespective of what those principals fear. The Motley Monk then followed-up with a post asking whether the NCEA’s President had put the proverbial “cart before the horse”...
  • Alumni, Parents Fight to Get Gay Administrator's Catholic School Job Back

    12/22/2013 9:23:45 PM PST · by Steelfish · 38 replies
    ABCNews ^ | December 22, 2013 | KAMI DIMITROVA
    Alumni, Parents Fight to Get Gay Administrator's Catholic School Job Back Dec. 22, 2013 By KAMI DIMITROVA Alumni, students and parents from a Seattle Catholic school are fighting to have a revered vice principal reinstated, after school officials discovered his marriage to another man. Supporters of Mark Zmuda vowed to pull funds from Eastside Catholic High School, after the school sent out a letter announcing he had resigned and calling his marriage a violation of his contract, which requires a strict adherence to a Catholic code. "Shame on you!" wrote a passionate alumnus on the Eastside Catholic High School Alumni...
  • The Militarization of Law Enforcement - “We’re Not in Mayberry Anymore”

    12/11/2013 12:40:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 160 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2013 | Bob Barr
    The University of the Incarnate Word is a highly-rated Catholic college in San Antonio, Texas. It is hardly a hot bed of campus violence. When senior Robert Cameron Redus was pulled-over last Friday by campus police for “erratically speeding,” it is unlikely he had any clue of how tragically the stop would end. The campus police department contends Redus, an honors student set to graduate in May, grabbed the officer’s steel baton during a struggle. Not in dispute, however, is that Redus was shot five times by the officer, at close range, leaving him dead and the University scrambling to...
  • Gay teacher fired from Catholic school for trying to wed partner

    12/08/2013 12:49:32 PM PST · by Innovative · 46 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Dec 8, 2013 | Joel Landau
    An openly gay teacher at a Pennsylvania Catholic school was fired after applying for a same-sex marriage license. Griffin, an alumnus of the Catholic school, told Philadelphia TV station NBC10 that the school knew he was gay and his partner had attended many school functions. He said he was blindsided by his firing. The school's headmaster, Fr. James McCloskey, told the station that Griffin violated his contract and the school's policy by obtaining the license. McCloskey did not return a request for comment from the Daily News. But he did tell the station, "Although, the school welcomes teachers from other...
  • Catholic schools to rally outside abortion clinics across the U.S. this Friday

    12/03/2013 2:01:15 PM PST · by topher · 6 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Tue Dec 03, 2013 16:32 EST | Operation Rescue
    Wichita, KS, Dec. 3, 2013 (OperationRescue) – What started out as the dream of a small Catholic High School class in Beloit, Kansas, has turned into a national pro-life event aimed at activating youth to stand against abortion. This Friday will mark the first Catholic School for Life Rally. Students from St. John’s Catholic High School in Beliot will travel 2˝ hours to Wichita for a rally and prayer outside South Wind Women’s Center, the closest abortion clinic to Beliot as a means of education on the reality of abortion. They will be joined by other Catholic High Schools, including...
  • Catholic schools’ curriculum revision not prompted by Common Core

    12/02/2013 10:53:54 AM PST · by Welchie25 · 7 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 11/29/13 | Elizabeth Lowe
    Unlike some school districts in Maryland that have experienced glitches while implementing Common Core State Standards, the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Department of Catholic Schools is not facing the same pressures. Catholic and private schools are not required to implement the Common Core State Standards, said Margaret Dammeyer, associate superintendent of curriculum and professional development for archdiocesan Catholic schools. Catholic educators in the archdiocese, however, said it was time for a modification of its math curriculum for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, and that it isn’t rushing the changes. “We were due to begin our curriculum revision,” said Dr. Barbara McGraw Edmondson,...
  • Large differences in “hookup culture” between Catholic/Secular college students and Evangelical ones

    11/27/2013 5:57:51 AM PST · by Gamecock · 82 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 27 November 2013 | Troy Gibson
    Dr. Donna Freitas, perhaps the nation’s leading expert on university hookup culture, has being doing research among college students and on college campuses regarding sex, the hookup culture, and student religiosity for several years.  She has produced many scholarly publications and studies.  One consistent finding she has observed is that evangelical college students are significantly less likely to hookup than any of their counterparts (Catholic or secular).  Why?  An excerpt from an interview: The attitudes toward sexuality on evangelical campuses were remarkably different from everywhere else. Everyone is struggling with sex, but they do it in very different ways.It’s impossible on...
  • Barack Obama 'Savages' Catholic Education

    06/20/2013 7:50:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/20/2013 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    It's already been firmly established that if a person, group or ideology disagrees with Barack Obama, he becomes fixated on them and then, any opportunity he gets, he makes provocative comments that could be interpreted as a warning shot. The message? Barack Obama doesn't forget ideological unfaithfulness, and if he can, he'll shut you up by shutting you down. The president has imposed his bad attitude on, to name but a few: Conservatives, specifically of the tea party brand, right-leaning talk radio, Fox News, and the group the left views as the seat of pro-life advocacy, the Catholic Church. Catholicism...
  • Obama: 'If Catholics Have Their Schools and Buildings and Protestants Have Theirs ..

    06/19/2013 3:20:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 6/19/13 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Likening religious schools to segregation--a racist system that forced blacks to attend different schools and use different facilities than whites in the American South--President Barack Obama told a town hall meeting for youth in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Monday that there should not be Catholic and Protestant schools because such schools cause division. "Because issues like segregated schools and housing, lack of jobs and opportunity--symbols of history that are a source of pride for some and pain for others--these are not tangential to peace; they’re essential to it,"
  • Blatty Explains Canon Law Georgetown University Petition

    06/18/2013 9:44:41 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 7 replies
    http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org ^ | June 10, 2013 | Tim Drake
    In an interview with EWTN's "The World Over's" Raymond Arroyo, The Exorcist author and 1950 graduate, William Blatty spoke about the reasons for the canon law petition on Georgetown University that has been submitted to the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.'s Cardinal Donald Wuerl. The petition compiled by Blatty and The Cardinal Newman Society addresses numerous scandals at the University and whether it can continue to describe itself as Catholic. -
  • President Obama Criticizes Catholic Education

    06/18/2013 10:22:44 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 56 replies
    Catholic Education Daily ^ | June 18, 2013 | Tim Drake
    During a speech yesterday in Belfast, President Barack Obama criticized Catholic education, suggesting that it’s harmful to national unity. “If towns remain divided—if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden—that too encourages division and discourages cooperation,” said the President, during his Northern Ireland Visit for the G8 summit. The Scottish Catholic Observer pointed out that Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, recently praised Catholic education before a Scottish audience.
  • Fired lesbian teacher: Catholic educators union won't back me

    05/14/2013 4:27:22 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 47 replies
    NBC News 4 ^ | 5/14/*2013 | Jeff Black,Elizabeth Chuck
    (Former Bishop Watterson physical education teacher Carla Hale was fired in March.) A gay teacher who was fired from a Catholic high school in Ohio says she has been dealt another blow: Her local union isn't supporting her. Carla Hale taught physical education for 19 years at Bishop Watterson Catholic High School in Columbus. She was fired in March after her name appeared with her longtime lesbian partner's name in her mother's obituary. The firing, which the school said was prompted by an anonymous letter from a parent complaining about a lesbian teacher, resulted in a heated debate on...
  • Islamic Radical Threatens Catholic High School

    04/24/2013 6:22:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Police are investigating an anonymous forum poster who praised Boston bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and later made a threat against a Catholic high school in Fairfax, Virginia. The online poster goes by the handle “Prophet Muhammad” and has made several disturbing statements on the Fairfax Underground website in the last month. On Friday, he posted a threat against Paul VI Catholic High School: “Inshallah, Paul VI High School will be the scene of another massacre. Allahu akbar!” “Inshallah” is an Arabic phrase that means “God willing.” “Allahu akbar” means “God is the greatest.” Both sayings are commonly associated...
  • Notre Dame Seniors Have Mixed Feelings on Cardinal Dolan as Commencement Speaker

    03/11/2013 1:26:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 3/7/13 | Tim Drake
    According to an article in The Observer, graduating seniors at the University of Notre Dame have mixed feelings about New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan delivering the 2013 Commencement address. While the article profiled three students who were supportive of the address, and three who were not, it gave more space to the students who were disappointed with the selection. Some are concerned that Cardinal Dolan's address won’t be relevant for students. Said senior Camille Suarez: I feel like this choice isn’t perfect for this moment. I was hoping Notre Dame would use this opportunity to kind of move the University...
  • Gay activists celebrate Our Lady of the Lake University’s new policy on homosexuals, transgenders

    02/08/2013 2:34:02 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 8, 2013 | TIM DRAKE
    SAN ANTONIO, February 8, 2013, (Cardinal Newman Society) - The New Civil Rights Movement, a homosexual activist blog, is celebrating reports that Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU), a Catholic university in San Antonio, Texas, has become the first Catholic school in Texas to revise its student handbook to protect students, faculty and staff of the university from discrimination based upon “sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.” “By embracing this full vision of equality, we can realize the best nature of who we are and what we stand for at OLLU,” said Leda Barnett, assistant professor of political science. Work to change...
  • Outrage as 18-year-old high school basketball star taking D.C. by storm is ... almost 21

    01/23/2013 7:24:54 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 46 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 23, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A towering high school basketball star dominating the court in the nation's capital has much more than a height advantage, a startling new report has revealed. Junior Etou, who is originally from the Congo, is the talk of the town in Washington, DC, where he plays power forward for the Bishop O'Connell High School Knights. But the 6'7" high school senior, who has drawn interest from several colleges with storied basketball programs, is almost legally allowed to drink. An investigation by Deadspin.com found several different birthdays listed for Etou, both in 1992, which means he is just months away from...
  • Transgender Teacher Sues Catholic School Over Firing

    01/09/2013 7:27:11 AM PST · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | 1/7/13 | Russel Goldman
    A transgender teacher is suing the New York City Catholic school where he worked for more than 30 years, claiming he was wrongfully terminated for growing out his hair, painting his fingernails and being "worse than gay." In a lawsuit, Mark Krolikowski, 59, alleges that after 32 years of teaching at St. Francis Prep in Queens, N.Y., and receiving numerous accolades for his work including leading students in a musical performance for Pope Benedict XVI, he was fired last year after the parents of a ninth grader complained about his appearance. Krolikowski remains anatomically male and routinely wore suits and...
  • Teenage Werewolves

    12/01/2012 4:57:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    Back in the 1950s, "Little Joe Cartwright" starred in a movie called "I Was a Teenage Werewolf." That's right, after seeing a full moon, Michael Landon ran around a public high school foaming at the mouth and pretty much out of control. Since there was little difference between his behavior and that of the normal students, he got away with it for two semesters. As I watched the film, I remember thinking that it was going to be tough for Landon to get into college with that on his resume. But then the 1960s happened, so that was that. This...
  • Catholic Academy of Sussex County reinvents school district (Catholic Caucus)

    11/26/2012 9:37:04 AM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies
    nj.com ^ | 07.22.12 | Thomas J. Healey
    Without a single campus, faculty or student body to its name, the 3-year-old partnership of Catholic schools that’s flourishing in northwestern New Jersey can hardly be considered an “academy.” But even if it’s more virtual than physical, the Catholic Academy of Sussex County is having a huge impact on the governance and administration of education in that corner of the state, and could well serve as a model for other parochial school systems that face extinction. Like many Catholic school districts, the one in Sussex County found itself in trouble. Two of its four elementary schools were in danger of...
  • The Catholic-School Legacy : Will they still have the chance to educate leaders like Biden and Ryan?

    10/11/2012 6:59:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/11/2012 | Michael Petrilli
    Tonight’s debate will be an historic occasion, with two Roman Catholic candidates for national office squaring off against each other for the first time. The fact that this development has gone mostly unnoticed is a sign of just how far America — and Catholics — have come since John F. Kennedy broke the religion barrier 52 years ago. But it’s not just Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan who have ascended to the heights of our political system. Six of our Supreme Court justices are Catholic (the other three are Jewish); both Speaker of the House John Boehner...
  • Nation’s Top 50 Catholic High Schools Announced

    09/24/2012 5:35:34 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 26 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | September 20, 2012
    Today, September 20, 2012, the winners of the 2012-2013 Catholic High School Honor Roll competition were announced by The Cardinal Newman Society. Since 2004, the Honor Roll has recognized excellence in Catholic identity, academics and civic education at Catholic high schools across the United States. The top 50 schools are recognized for overall excellence, and other schools receive honors for special recognition in particular categories. This year seven schools were recognized for excellence in Catholic identity, six schools for academics, five schools for civic education, and five schools for two of the three categories. “Since competition began in 2004, the...
  • Tough truths about charters, Siphoning students from private schools is not a viable path to reform

    09/06/2012 7:33:09 PM PDT · by Coleus · 14 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 09.06.12 | Adam B. Schaeffer
    Is it possible for charter schools to increase educational options and diversity in the public school system but decrease diversity overall; to spend less money than regular public schools but cost taxpayers more overall, and to outperform regular public schools but decrease achievement overall? Unfortunately, it is not only possible but is happening in cities across the nation. This mix of intended and unintended outcomes is what’s known as the “charter school paradox,” which hints at the uneasy place these relatively new educational options have in our society. But it is only a paradox if we take a narrow view...
  • Same-sex couple barred from Lexington Catholic prom

    05/15/2012 9:35:53 AM PDT · by massmike · 93 replies
    kentucky.com ^ | 05/15/2012 | Jennifer Hewlett
    Two female students say they were not allowed to attend Lexington Catholic High School's prom as a couple Saturday night, upsetting a number of students at the school. Hope Decker, 18, a senior, and sophomore Tiffany Wright, 16, had already gotten their dresses for the event, but Friday afternoon they were told by school administrators they could not attend as a couple because of the church's stance on same-sex relationships, Wright said. In an email Sunday, Lexington Catholic president Steve Angelucci said, "As a Catholic high school, we uphold every teaching of the Catholic Church. The policies and procedures of...
  • Occupiers Dump Condoms on Catholic School Girls

    01/31/2012 2:23:56 PM PST · by antidemoncrat · 29 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | 1/31/2012 | Todd Starnes
    A group of Occupy Wall Street protesters disrupted a Right to Life rally and threw condoms on Catholic school girls inside the Rhode Island state capitol building.
  • Now Obama's NLRB tells a church school it's not religious enough

    08/31/2011 5:10:19 PM PDT · by blueyon · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/29/2011 | Ken Klukowski
    It's not enough for President Obama's National Labor Relations Board to target the Boeing plant in South Carolina. Now the NLRB thinks it can tell a church school when it's not religious enough. Most people have heard by now of NLRB's unprecedented decree that Boeing Co. cannot build a new airline production facility in South Carolina. But Obama's NLRB is also claiming the authority to dictate labor policies and order union elections at Catholic universities if they are not religious enough.
  • Progressives in Wisconsin have a problem with Blacks getting a good education

    08/27/2011 4:47:33 PM PDT · by Ballygrl · 9 replies · 1+ views
    YouTube ^ | 8/26/11 | MacIverInstitute
    Link to Video Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, and the students and staff at Messmer Preparatory Catholic School were all targets of an obnoxious protest on Friday, August 26, 2011. From this report by the MacIver News Service, it is clear the protesters (Union members, socialists, MPS officals, liberal activists) could learn a lot by emulating the behavior of the children inside the school.
  • More Tea Party Violence and Racism: Milwaukee

    08/27/2011 2:47:17 PM PDT · by EricTheRed_VocalMinority · 23 replies
    Vocal Minority ^ | 8/27/11 | EricTheRed_VM
    Oh wait, that's not the Tea Party. It's Obama-supporting Democrat-voting* public union teacher protesters -- again.Yes, the Democrat-media complex still smear the Tea Party and anti-Obama conservative Americans as vitriolic and racist, and most recently "the real enemy" who can "go straight to hell." Meanwhile in the real world, actual vitriol and (by the left's own standards) racism occurred at the hands of union protesters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin both Thursday and Friday.As reported by Milwaukee's local Fox-TV affiliate: Vandals super glued the locks of several doors and a parking gate at Messmer Preparatory School in Milwaukee. School officials believe the people responsible...
  • Coptic Orthodox may pull children from Toronto Catholic schools (Catholic / Orthodox Caucus)

    08/08/2011 3:04:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 8, 2011
    Concerned that Toronto Catholic schools will adopt a policy promoting tolerance of homosexuality, a Coptic Orthodox priest is calling upon parents to consider withdrawing their children from the schools. “In these young grades, we don’t want teachers talking about God creating Adam and Steve,” said Father Jeremiah Attaalla, who ministers at Ti Agia Maria and St. Demiana Coptic Orthodox Church in west Toronto. “It’s Adam and Eve.” “Our members do not want gay-straight alliance groups in our Catholic schools,” added the priest, who says that 4,000 Coptic Orthodox children attend the schools. “We will pull our children from the Catholic...
  • When a Student Has ‘2 Mommies’ - Catholic Schools’ Response to ‘Alternative Families’

    05/24/2010 10:34:10 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies · 508+ views
    NC Register ^ | May 20, 2010 | JOAN FRAWLEY
    BOSTON — When headlines announced last week that a Boston Catholic school had denied admission to a student because his parents were lesbians, the Boston Archdiocese scrambled to contain the damage. The superintendent of Catholic schools, Mary Grassa O’Neill, insisted there had been a mistake and vowed to locate another parochial school for the child. The executive director of the Catholic Schools Foundation warned that subsidies would be withheld from any school that discriminated against such students. The quick turnaround earned approval from homosexual-rights groups, media commentators and many local Catholics in Massachusetts, where same-sex couples can legally “marry.”...
  • How About a Good Catholic Story?

    05/20/2010 5:52:52 AM PDT · by sitetest · 9 replies · 189+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 20, 2010 | Daniel Henninger
    Here's something you don't read every day: a positive story about the Catholic Church. Amid the media brimstone and penitential outpourings, much of organized Catholicism proceeds with its mission. This is one corner of that mission that is helping young men and women. On June 10, Cristo Rey High School in East Harlem will graduate all of its 50 seniors. All come from families near or below the poverty level. All will attend college. Most were accepted into seven colleges. Begun in 1996 with the goal of making its students ready to attend college, the Cristo Rey Network now has...
  • Editorial: Catholic Governor Chris Christie Calls for Parental Choice in Education

    05/06/2010 5:05:54 AM PDT · by tcg · 9 replies · 394+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/6/2010 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Since his election as the first Republican Governor of New Jersey in twelve years, Catholic Governor Christopher J. "Chris" Christie has been making news! He was the keynote speaker at the American Federation of Children National Policy Summit Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Monday, May 3, 2010. Once again he surprised observers with his candor - and his refreshing willingness to shake up the "same old/same old" approach to politics and public policy. He strongly endorsed parental choice in education or what is often called "School Choice". Governor Christie is a practicing Catholic. ... He was equally frank in addressing...
  • Notre Dame Plans "Day of Silence" and Other Pro-Homosexual Events

    04/12/2010 7:55:11 AM PDT · by concernedAmerican1 · 26 replies · 963+ views
    TFP Student Action ^ | 04-12-10 | TFP Student Action
    The dictatorship of relativism is alive at the University of Notre Dame. While the 88 pro-lifers who peacefully prayed on campus during the 2009 commencement fiasco still face charges and possible jail time, the homosexual movement is welcomed. From April 12-16, Notre Dame plans to host a pro-homosexual "Stand Against Hate Week." According to the promotional flier, the events are being sponsored by various groups, including the Office of the President (Fr. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.), the Office of Student Affairs, the Core Council for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Questioning Students, the Feminist Voice and Campus Ministry. Why should any...
  • Obama Excludes Private and Catholic School Children From Easter Egg Roll Ticket Giveaway

    03/24/2010 11:16:58 AM PDT · by massmike · 94 replies · 3,114+ views
    cnsnews.com ^ | 03/24/2010 | Penny Starr
    The Obama administration announced on Tuesday it has reserved 3,000 free tickets to the annual White House Easter Egg Roll for students in D.C.-area public and charter schools, but not for children who attend private or parochial schools. Why exclude children in private and parochial schools, asked the father of a parochial school student at Tuesday’s press conference where U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty announced the ticket giveaway. “These tickets are from the White House to public schools, and we’re appreciative, but there may be other things unrelated to this press conference,” Fenty...
  • Grocer gives $20m for Catholic education

    03/17/2010 8:08:33 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 16 replies · 413+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | March 15, 2010 | Lisa Wangsness
    Patrick Roche, an 80-year-old grocer who credits a parochial school in Roslindale with helping his family when his mother died, said yesterday he is giving $20 million to a Boston College center that is attempting to revitalize the nation’s struggling Catholic schools. Roche, the cofounder of Roche Brothers supermarkets, joins a small but prominent group of wealthy Boston Catholics who are increasingly devoting their philanthropy to Catholic schools at a time when the Archdiocese of Boston has been closing several small parish schools each year. “It hurts, really, to think of what’s going on with the financial trouble,’’ Roche, who...
  • Catholic School Rejects Children of Lesbian Parents, Sparking Faith Debate

    03/12/2010 10:20:47 AM PST · by Blue Turtle · 84 replies · 1,252+ views
    Fox News ^ | Lauren Green
    "What would Jesus do?" That's what many people in Boulder, Colo., are asking after a Catholic elementary school in the city expelled two children because their parents are lesbians. The conflict in the Roman Catholic Church over homosexuality has come to loggerheads in the community, with the church standing by its belief that marriage is a pact between a man and a woman while opponents accuse it of failing to live up to Jesus’ mission of love and acceptance. Sacred Heart of Jesus Church says it told the lesbian couple that their older child would be allowed to complete enrollment...
  • Catholic school boots student with gay parents

    03/05/2010 2:33:57 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 162 replies · 2,156+ views
    hosted ^ | Mar 5
    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- A Catholic school in Colorado is kicking out a preschooler because the child's parents are lesbians. The child will not be allowed to re-enroll next year at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School. The Denver Archdiocese posted a statement Friday that the parents are "living in open discord with Catholic teaching...."
  • Pro-Abort Garrison Keillor to Deliver Catholic Teachers Assoc. Keynote Address

    03/02/2010 3:05:05 PM PST · by rhema · 22 replies · 750+ views
    LifeSite News ^ | March 1, 2010 | Kathleen Gilbert
    The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) has invited Garrison Keillor, a pro-abortion, pro-gay "marriage" Episcopalian, as a keynote speaker at the group's annual convention. Keillor, well-known as a humorist and host of A Prairie Home Companion, has repeatedly published his pro-abortion, pro-same-sex "marriage" views - and has labeled pro-life, pro-family, and anti-pornography activists "shrieking ninnies and pompous blowhards." On the issue of abortion, Keillor has been quoted as saying it should be decided "case by case," and that disabled embryonic children should be destroyed. "The use of abortion as birth control is one thing, the use of it to end...
  • Don Bosco Prep mourns losses at Haitian school belonging to same Catholic order

    01/20/2010 8:47:48 PM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies · 308+ views
    north jersey.com ^ | 01.19.10 | ALLISON PRIES
    As they continued to look for survivors and shelter the homeless, officials from the Salesians of St. John Bosco learned Tuesday that several hundred people had perished, according to Hannah Gregory, a Salesian public relations representative. The private high school is a part of the Salesian Catholic order, which works specifically with young people around the world, encouraging them to learn and care for themselves. The order had six facilities in Haiti; most have been destroyed. The hardest hit was a compound called Enam in Port-au-Prince that served primary grades and offered vocational training for older children, said the Rev....
  • Archdiocese of Washington To Close or Merge Four Catholic Schools [No More Vouchers]

    01/29/2010 8:38:48 PM PST · by Steelfish · 14 replies · 349+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 29, 2010 | Michael Birnbaum
    Archdiocese of Washington To Close or Merge Four Catholic Schools In 2008, the Archdiocese of Washington gave up control of seven of its inner-city schools that were struggling financially, turning the facilities into secular charter schools. Dozens of teachers and hundreds of students departed; 1,000 new students signed up. Here's a glimpe of life inside one a year-and-a-half later. By Michael Birnbaum Saturday, January 30, 2010 Two Washington area Catholic schools will close at the end of the school year, two will merge and another is examining its options, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Washington said Friday. The changes...
  • Catholic schools to buck city bill: No benefits for gay marriages (Washington, DC)

    11/13/2009 9:29:37 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 18 replies · 902+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/13/2009 | Jordan Buie
    The Archdiocese of Washington said Thursday that it will not extend benefits to same-sex married couples employed in Catholic schools -- a pre-emptive defiance of a bill expected to coast through the D.C. Council by the end of the year. "If this law is passed, we will have to break the law before we give up our religion," said archdiocese spokeswoman Susan Gibbs. A bill pending in the D.C. Council would allow same-sex marriages to be performed in the District. Currently, the District recognizes same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions. The church operates 21 schools in the District, attended by...
  • Catholic schools pay off debt to diocese

    10/30/2009 10:22:37 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies · 185+ views
    The Billings Gazette ^ | October 30, 2009 | ZACH BENOIT
    Billings Catholic Schools recently paid off a $400,000 debt to the Diocese in Great Falls owed since at least 2002, school system officials said Wednesday at the annual State of the Schools address. The debt was paid off near the end of the 2008-09 budget, allowing the school system to operate debt-free for the first time in nearly a decade and go into this school year looking at where the money usually reserved to pay off interest charges can be spent. "We can now start to strategically think, 'What's ahead of us?' " said Rita Turley, chairwoman of the Billings...
  • Transgendered teacher, Catholic school in a legal duel

    10/25/2009 3:42:44 PM PDT · by redreno · 8 replies · 825+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 10/23/2009 | Charlie Butts
    A complaint has been filed by a transgendered substitute teacher against a Catholic school board in Canada. Jan Buterman was a substitute teacher for St. Albert Catholic Schools in Edmonton, Alberta, before announcing that she was going through the process to become a "he." Dave Quist, executive director of the Institute of Marriage and Family - Canada, offers insight on the incident.
  • Obama Nominates Lesbian Activist To Employment Post (Advocates Polygamy, too)

    10/18/2009 8:10:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies · 2,768+ views
    The Philadelphia Bulletin ^ | October 18, 2009 | Susan Brinkmann
    President Barack Obama has nominated a lesbian activist lawyer to serve as a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In a recent White House announcement, President Obama nominated Chai Feldblum, a professor of law (gay studies) at Georgetown University who formerly worked for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the pro-homosexual Human Rights Campaign Fund, to serve as one of five Commissioners on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In the mid-1980s, Ms. Feldblum clerked for Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmum, the liberal Supreme Court justice who authored the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. “She has also...