High school students volunteer to serve as pallbearers for those who die alone

Some may remember the story I posted last year about Jim Skerl, the teacher at Cleveland’s St. Ignatius High School. In 2002, he established a group called the St. Joseph of Arimathea Pallbearer Society, made up of young men who volunteer to serve as pallbearers at the funerals of people who had no one to bury them.  [Read More…]

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“Earth-shaking”: Catholic high school in Maine to drop its religious affiliation

From The Bangor Daily News:  Catherine McAuley High School in Portland, which was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1969 as an all-girl Catholic secondary education institution, announced plans to sever ties with its religious sponsors starting next fiscal year, July 1, 2016. At that point, McAuley will continue on as an independent, non-sectarian [Read More…]

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Conversion story: transforming a seminary into another kind of school

From the In My Backyard Desk, Elizabeth Scalia at Aleteia writes about one of my favorite places to visit on retreat: the beautiful Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, New York: When the seminarians of Long Island’s Seminary of the Immaculate Conception were transferred to St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers as a part of a unique [Read More…]

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Notre Dame to honor Little Sisters of the Poor

The press release arrived in my mail box this morning:  The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture will award the 2016 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal to the Little Sisters of the Poor and their Mother Provincial, Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire. “For more than 175 years, the Little Sisters of the Poor have dedicated [Read More…]

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Poll: More atheists, agnostics entering Harvard than Christians

A remarkable turn for a school named for a minister, via The Washington Post:    A Harvard Crimson poll of the university’s class of 2019 provides a glimpse into the beliefs and practices of incoming freshman, including sex, politics and drug use. Some of the interesting findings included the religious breakdown, especially when compared to other millennials in the U.S. [Read More…]

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Philadelphia requires parents to sign “Memorandum of Understanding”

From Philly.com:  Parents of children attending Archdiocese of Philadelphia schools are now being required to sign a document pledging support for the schools’ “Catholic identity” and recognizing that in all questions involving church law, “the final determination rests with the archbishop.” The archdiocese is asking all its schools to include the one-page “Memorandum of Understanding” [Read More…]

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What we have come to: students asked to use “gender-neutral” pronouns

I thought this was a joke. But no. From The Associated Press:  University of Tennessee students have been asked to use gender-neutral pronouns such as “ze.” The University of Tennessee Office for Diversity and Inclusion is asking students and faculty to use the pronouns in order to create a more inclusive campus, multiple media outlets [Read More…]

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Oregon Catholic school may face lawsuit after withdrawing job offer to lesbian

From The Catholic Sentinel:  St. Mary’s Academy in Portland may face a lawsuit filed by a woman whose job offer was withdrawn after she told school officials she planned to marry another woman. “Like other Catholic schools, St. Mary’s Academy is grounded in the teachings of the Catholic Church and asks faculty and staff to [Read More…]

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Uproar at Duke: “Cultural pluralism will lose its value if students aren’t allowed to follow their beliefs”

This story garnered some attention a few days ago: Some new Duke University students are very unhappy with a summer reading option that has gay themes. Incoming freshmen began posting on the Class of 2019 Facebook page, saying they had decided against reading Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by New York Times best-selling author Alison Bechdel, according to [Read More…]

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New school policy targets parents “not living in accord with church teaching”

It also requires non-Catholics to attend Mass and contribute to the parishes. Details, from The Springfield State Journal Register:  The Springfield Catholic Diocese’s new school policy could call into question parents’ lifestyles, especially if they go against Catholic teaching, and takes a new approach toward a more Protestant tradition of tithing. The Family School Agreement [Read More…]

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