“Religious accommodation”: Duke University chapel to have Muslim call to prayer every Friday

Duke University Chapel via Wikipedia / Public Domain The university’s press release:  Members of the Duke Muslim Students Association will chant a weekly call-to-prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower beginning Friday, Jan. 16. The chant, called the “adhan,” announces the start of the group’s jummah prayer service, which takes place in the chapel basement [Read More...]

Michael Keaton on his Catholic education: “It kind of builds who you are”

Michael Keaton in 2013 (photo: Gage Skidmore / Wikipedia) Details:  Michael Keaton says his education at a Catholic school shaped the person who he is. The 63-year-old actor admits he endured tough discipline during his time at school when he was growing up in Pennsylvania, but rather than resent the treatment he believes it made [Read More...]

Catholic enough? Archdiocese launches Office of Catholic Identity Assessment for schools

From Catholic San Francisco:  Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone is creating a new Office of Catholic Identity Assessment for Catholic high schools starting Jan. 1 – an initiative that may be the first in the country. The office will not only work with the four archdiocesan high schools which fall directly under the archdiocesan Department of [Read More...]

Great moments in academia: College president regrets writing “All lives matter”

Details: Smith College President Kathleen McCartney led a vigil attended by 130 people Monday afternoon three days after she apologized for her original wording in an email she sent to the campus community in reaction to the recent police killings of three blacks. McCartney sent two emails Friday, which were obtained by the Gazette from [Read More...]

California diocese sees Catholic school enrollment climb

Details:  Just a few minutes into his first tour of St. Joseph School, Daniel Ramirez was sold. Looking for a new school for his three children, Ramirez walked into the 101-year-old private Catholic school in Santa Ana and saw teachers wearing suits. He also saw that each student had an iPad, that classes were small, [Read More...]

Britain’s vanishing nativity play: “It reflects a nation too embarrassed to face up to its Christian heritage”

In Great Britain, a longstanding tradition is becoming utterly unrecognizable. From The BBC: The traditional school nativity play is under pressure to modernize the story and remove religious figures, according to users of a parenting website. Parents on Netmums have given examples of characters such as spacemen, Elvis Presley and footballers being introduced to the nativity [Read More...]

“Apologetics: I’m Not Really Sorry”: new online course for priests and deacons

FOB (Friend of the Bench) Patrick Madrid dropped me a line this morning and asked if I’d alert deacons and priests to his online course for continuing formation that’s about to get underway. It’s happening through the Sacred Heart Institute, a cooperative effort between the Archdiocese of New York and two neighboring dioceses, Rockville Centre [Read More...]

Fired gay teacher in Ohio reaches settlement with Catholic school

You may remember this story.  The update, from a Columbus TV station:   A teacher who was fired from a central Ohio Catholic school after her homosexuality was made public has agreed with the Columbus Diocese that she will not return to her former job. The law firm representing former Bishop Watterson High School teacher Carla [Read More...]

Students at Catholic school rally to support fired gay teacher

A followup on a story from last month, in the Los Angeles Times:  Students rallied Thursday at St. Lucy’s Priory High School in Glendora to support a gay teacher who was fired after he married his partner. Ken Bencomo, 45, of Rancho Cucamonga, was fired from his teaching position at the Catholic girls school after photos [Read More...]

My Catholic school: at the center of it all was Jesus

My parish is celebrating its centenary this year.  As part of the festivities, this weekend we had a special Mass at 1 p.m. honoring the school and its alumni.  Two of those alumni, Msgr. John McGuirl and Msgr. Ned Ryan, concelebrated.  Below is the homily I delivered for that event.  It’s a little rough; I [Read More...]


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