BREAKING: Student shoots himself at Catholic high school in Cincinnati—UPDATED

Details:  A student shot himself with a gun in front of classmates at his Cincinnati high school Monday morning, officials said. Authorities arrived at La Salle High School after several students called 911 around 9 a.m. The victim, believed to have been trying to commit suicide in a classroom, was rushed to the University of [Read More...]

School says lesbian teacher was fired over “spousal relationship,” not because she’s gay

Details:  A former teacher who said she was fired for being gay said she was told Tuesday night that she was fired for a spousal relationship, rather than her sexual orientation. Former Bishop Watterson physical education teacher Carla Hale met with principal Marian Hutson Tuesday night after Hale was fired for what was referred to [Read More...]

When Catholic schools close

From The Record in Northern New Jersey comes this lengthy look at why Catholic schools are closing, and the impact on communities: Padre Pio Academy in Hackensack will close its doors this year, following Assumption Academy in Emerson, which was shuttered in 2012. The Archdiocese of New York plans to close 24 schools in June. And nationwide, nearly [Read More...]

Ohio Catholic school fires teacher living with gay partner

Details:  A gay physical-education teacher who was fired from a Catholic high school in Clintonville said the morality clause cited in her dismissal could easily be used to fire any number of staff members who fail to follow all the church’s rules. Carla Hale, who worked at Bishop Watterson High School for 19 years, was [Read More...]

Students start blog to support embattled chaplain

This is really quite remarkable. At a secular university, Catholic students have banded together to create a website expressing support for the faith-professing chaplain that gay students are trying to get fired. Dawn Eden has the scoop. You can find some of the wonderful testimonials here.   (I have to note: yesterday, after posting on this [Read More...]

Catholic university blocks student group because it’s Catholic

You can’t make this stuff up:  Spokane’s Gonzaga University has denied a Knights of Columbus group application to be recognized as an official student organization. Those seeking the status were notified of the University’s decision at a meeting on March 7. The group was notified of the decision by Dean of Students Kassi Kain and [Read More...]

Two gay college students try to have priest fired because he counsels students not to have sex—UPDATED

Is this from The Onion? No:  Two gay seniors at George Washington University say they feel alienated because the chaplain at George Washington’s Newman Center rejects homosexuality, and they aren’t going to take it anymore. The seniors, Damian Legacy and Blake Bergen, have announced a coordinated campaign to rid the campus of the Roman Catholic priest, reports The GW Hatchet, the school’s independent student newspaper. [Read More...]

New York Catholic high school says gay teenagers can attend dance together

It will be interesting to see if this actually goes forward as planned—and what the reaction this gets from parents. Details:  The administrator of a Catholic high school in New York wrote to his students’ parents this week to explain why a gay couple at the all-boys school is being allowed to attend the junior [Read More...]

California bishop delays requiring teachers to sign “morals” agreement

You may remember this controversial decision from a few weeks back.  Now, the bishop is changing course. Details:  After meeting with local pastors and Catholic school administrators this week, Santa Rosa Diocese Bishop Robert Vasa reversed his prior edict that all teachers at schools under his jurisdiction sign a controversial morals addendum by March 15 [Read More...]

Notre Dame’s next commencement speaker: Cardinal Dolan

I can’t think of a better choice for the Fighting Irish, can you? From the AP:  Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, considered a longshot to succeed Pope Benedict XVI, will be the principal commencement speaker at the University of Notre Dame in May. As head of the nation’s largest Roman Catholic archdiocese and president [Read More...]