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...]

UPDATE: Pregnant teacher fired from Catholic school files lawsuit

Not surprising, really:  A former teacher fired for being pregnant filed a lawsuit in Butte federal court Thursday against Butte Central Catholic Schools. In the 12-page document, Shaela Evenson contends the district breached its contract with her and discriminated against her because she was pregnant and because she is female. The suit contends the district [Read More...]

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...]


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