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...]

Contemplate this: studying contemplation in college

Thirty-five years ago, some people sighed and rolled their eyes when I told them I was majoring in English. I wonder what they’d think about a specialty in contemplation? From HuffPo:  Three times last week, between classes in neuropharmacology, neural systems, and journalism, Brown University junior Henry Langton changed into sweatpants, joined dozens of classmates as they [Read More...]

Kentucky Catholic school teacher resigns, blames Ebola scare—UPDATED

Details:  This morning a local school teacher who performs mission work in Kenya is blaming her resignation on the Ebola scare. Susan Sherman taught students at Saint Margaret Mary on Shelbyville Road. In her letter of resignation, Sherman said she had been told many students, teachers, parents and parishioners are unhappy with her decision to [Read More...]

A life well-lived: “You could just sense the Holy Spirit in Jim”

It’s rare to find a  secular newspaper offering this kind of tribute to a Catholic teacher. But this week, Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer penned a poignant and inspiring piece that demands wider circulation. Take a look: Jim Skerl’s squad had more members than Chuck Kyle’s football team at St. Ignatius High School — [Read More...]

Bye bye, books: Catholic school drops textbooks for tablets

A fascinating glimpse into modern education, from Ocala, Florida: Biology teacher Cheryl Tomlinson looked at her Trinity Catholic High School class and challenged her students to find interesting facts about adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Last year, many students would have had to thumb through their textbooks — or maybe used a laptop, if they had one [Read More...]

Can The Rule of St. Benedict save inner city schools?

A new documentary evidently makes a persuasive argument:  One of the most astonishing things about how Catholic schools educate kids in our country’s worst neighborhoods is that they’re by and large serving a population that isn’t Catholic. It didn’t have to be this way. In fact, it almost wasn’t. That’s one bottom line of the [Read More...]

Another gay teacher reportedly fired from Catholic school over pregnancy

This time, in Michigan: A former chemistry teacher at a Catholic, all-girls high school in Bloomfield Hills said she was fired before the semester started because of her “non-traditional” pregnancy. Barbara Webb, 33, of Madison Heights said she’d worked for Marian High School for nine years, also coaching volleyball and softball and serving as student-government moderator. She [Read More...]


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