Being Jewish at a Catholic high school

Here’s a perspective you don’t hear often, from writer Aaron Reiss in The Houston Press:  I’m sure it seems weird at this point that I chose to go to Catholic school. My grandmother on my dad’s side of the family was skeptical. I remember my dad and I picking her up from airport once while [Read More...]

Catholic schools become first in Canada to have a “transgender policy” on pronouns, uniforms, washrooms

It may be a first in the world, in fact. Details: Catholic schools in Vancouver have adopted a policy that could allow transgender students to use the pronouns, uniforms and washrooms that match their gender identity after a human rights complaint forced the local archdiocese to balance its religious teachings with the rights of transgender [Read More...]

Utah Catholic schools thriving

Photo: Chuck Wing, Deseret News Hot on the heels of this report the other day about a Catholic school booming in Brooklyn, we have this story about a broader trend in Utah: Christa Aquilla wanted her kids to go to a school that taught religious values and had a sense of community. She and her [Read More...]

Turnaround: saving a Brooklyn Catholic school—and tripling its enrollment

How’d he do that? From the In My Backyard Desk, via The New York Daily News: In the face of declining enrollment at Catholic schools throughout the city, Principal Kevin Coyne has built a thriving academy. When the devout Catholic and fan of Pope Francis took over a closing school in the Brooklyn Diocese roughly [Read More...]

Summer break? Not for these seminarians

David Gibson has the scoop at RNS: “How many of you have ever studied a parish budget?” the Rev. David Couturier asked the 11 Catholic priests-in-training seated before him. After a few beats, just one hand went up, tentatively. “That’s not unusual,” Couturier told them. “Just unfortunate.” It’s also why these seminarians were in a classroom [Read More...]

This wouldn’t be a problem if they’d just let teachers marry. Oh. Wait…

Unreal:  A Queens middle-school teacher let a 14-year-old student drive his car, gave him cash and expensive gifts, and exchanged hundreds of texts behind his parent’s back. But, over the objections of the outraged parents and principal, the teacher can keep his job, an arbitrator has ruled. James Rampulla Jr., 44, who taught at Irwin [Read More...]

For the first time, woman to become rector of pontifical university in Rome

Details:  She was the first woman to obtain a permanent position as a professor at the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University Antonianum, the Roman university run by the Order of Friars Minor; she was the first woman to be appointed a dean, which is equivalent to the position of department head and now that [Read More...]

Pennsylvania boarding school graduates first class in effort to build “authentic Catholic culture”

From Catholic News Agency:  Gregory the Great Academy, a Catholic all-boys boarding school, has graduated its first class as part of its efforts to form young men in a life of virtue for the building up of a Catholic culture. “The spirit of the school is certainly characterized by joy,” Sean Fitzpatrick, the academy’s headmaster, [Read More...]

What we have come to: bulletproof blankets for kids to wear during school shootings

This is not a joke:  We’ve now had so many mass shootings that entrepreneurs see space in the market for a bulletproof blanket, made specifically to shield small children from gunfire. The Bodyguard Blanket, made by a company called ProTecht, is a bulletproof 5/16-inch pad, made from the same materials used by our military, except [Read More...]

Catholic school teacher is also a tattoo artist

From The New York Daily News: She’s good with chalk and ink. This Bensonhurst preschool instructor has managed to bridge the seemingly distant worlds of teaching and tattooing. Jeanine Susca, 29, a teacher at St. Athanasius Elementary School on Bay Parkway, also runs a tattoo shop with her husband on 13th Ave., inking clients on [Read More...]


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