New Catholic high school aims for “classical curriculum” using “Socratic Method”

This is something a little different: a new high school about to open in Illinois, named for G.K. Chesterton—and teaching students without the use of computers or iPads: A new high school focusing on classical education and the Catholic faith will open this fall in Downers Grove. The Chesterton Academy of the Holy Family will be [Read More...]

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Chairman of Fordham’s theology department marries another man — UPDATED

Somehow, I missed this little item in last Sunday’s New York Times. A reader sent it my way: Patrick Anthony Bergquist and J. Patrick Hornbeck II were married Saturday in Manhattan. The Rev. Matthew J. Moretz performed the ceremony at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, where he is an associate rector. Mr. Bergquist, 35, is the [Read More...]

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One more reason why Catholic schools rock

Places like this:  A California high school has beat the odds, sending all its graduating seniors off to college for the seventh straight year, despite being located in a neighborhood riddled with crime and plagued with gangs. “It’s not Beverly Hills by any stretch,” said Paul Hosch, vice president of mission advancement at Verbum Dei [Read More...]

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Growing phenomenon: more students in Catholic schools aren’t Catholic

View image | gettyimages.com The Buffalo News picks up on a trend a lot of us have been noticing for a while: In a striped bow tie and patterned dress shirt, Ryan Zuccala looks every bit the part of a Catholic prep-school student. His dark hair is neatly trimmed and combed to the side. He’s [Read More...]

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Massachusetts high school to be named for Pope Francis

It’s believed to be a first. Details:  The new name of the combining Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic high schools has been announced: Pope Francis High School. The name of the school was chosen by a group of Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic students working with school officials. The recommendation was accepted Friday by Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski. “The [Read More...]

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Catholic university moves statue of missionary after some complain it is racist—UPDATED

Details:  Saint Louis University has removed a statue on its campus depicting a famous Jesuit missionary priest praying over American Indians after a cohort of students and faculty continued to complain the sculpture symbolized white supremacy, racism and colonialism. Formerly placed outside the university’s Fusz Hall in the center of the private Catholic university, the statue will [Read More...]

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Historic: Muslim imam earns masters in theology at Catholic Seattle University

From The Seattle Times: The premise of Abdullah Polovina’s story sounds like the start of a bar joke: A Muslim imam walks into a Catholic university … Except it’s true. Polovina, who leads a congregation of Bosnian Muslims in Portland, did just that. And in June, he’ll walk out to “Pomp and Circumstance.” The 41-year-old [Read More...]

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That story about Catholic University offending Muslim students? Bull.

Steven Greydanus has been following the controversy—and doing a very good job of debunking it—over at the National Catholic Register:  Everybody take a deep breath. Nothing is actually happening here. The source of the confusion appears to be an undated article posted on BeliefNet — a story that dates back to 2011. (Undated news stories are the worst. Actually, as I [Read More...]

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Great moments in education: teacher screens “Fifty Shades of Grey” for high school students

Details:  Part of the erotic movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” was shown in a West Virginia high school classroom this week after students convinced their teacher to let them watch it as a reward for good work. The Charleston Daily Mail reports that the teacher apparently didn’t know what the film was about. Hampshire High principal [Read More...]

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Is Ave Maria University losing its Catholic identity?

Some students and alumnae think so. From The Naples Daily News:  Alexandra Clark ended her search for a Catholic college about five years ago at Ave Maria University. She and her sister wanted a place true to their faith, a school that wasn’t “just Catholic in name only.” Clark graduated from Ave Maria in 2014, and while [Read More...]

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