What we have come to: Yale marks “Sex Week” with workshop on bestiality, incest

According to its web page, Yale University traces its roots  “back to the 1640s, when colonial clergymen led an effort to establish a college in New Haven to preserve the tradition of European liberal education in the New World. This vision was fulfilled in 1701, when the charter was granted for a school ‘wherein Youth may [Read More...]

Virginia school elects the new pope: Pope Sebastian I

Habemus papam! It happened yesterday at St. Louis School in Arlington, Virginia.  In a post, Fr. Z quotes an email:  These young men were largely from the corps of Altar Servers. The Parochial Adminstrator, Fr Zuberbueler, and the school principal, Dan Balliageron, pulled out all the stops. Check out more pictures at the link.   [Read More...]

California diocese requires teachers to sign agreement on “modern errors”

Details: The Santa Rosa Catholic Diocese is requiring its 200 schoolteachers to sign an agreement affirming that “modern errors” such as contraception, abortion, homosexual marriage and euthanasia are “matters that gravely offend human dignity.” The move is an effort by Bishop Robert Vasa to delineate specifically what it means for a Catholic-school teacher — whether [Read More...]

Woodstock Theological Center to close in June

From NCR: After almost 40 years as a leading U.S. institution of Catholic theological research and reflection, Woodstock Theological Center will close its doors June 30. Formed by the Jesuits in 1974 and based at Georgetown University here, the center has been a significant resource for developments in Catholic thought on a variety of issues. [Read More...]

Crying foul: Catholic school changes policy, opens no-cursing pledge to boys

  An update on a story from the weekend.   From our Potty Mouth Desk:  Days after a coed Catholic school made headlines for asking only its girls to take a pledge to stop cursing, it administered the oath Monday to some boys who sought equal opportunity. Some staff members at Queen of Peace High [Read More...]

Catholic school enacts a “no swearing pledge”…but only for girls

Details:  Catholic school girls think it’s just plain sexist that they were asked to take a no-cursing pledge on Friday — and the boys weren’t. What the hell is up with that? Lori Flynn, a teacher who launched the civility campaign at Queen of Peace High School inNorth Arlington, said the rationale was simple: “We [Read More...]

Catholic University to launch new business school, teaching marketing and morals

From the Wall Street Journal:  Confident that aspiring corporate leaders want to worship more than just the almighty dollar, Catholic University of America is creating a new business school. The Washington, D.C., university will announce the launch of its new School of Business and Economics on Tuesday, infusing an education in strategy, accounting and marketing [Read More...]

How can you save Catholic schools?

Bob Faw looks at that question in this incisive story for PBS’s “Religion & Ethics Newsweekly” and focuses on two experiments underway in New York and Philadelphia. Check out the story below. Watch Saving Catholic Schools on PBS. See more from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. [Read more...]

Ohio teacher claims she was fired over pregnancy, sues archdiocese

Details:  A former first-grade teacher at Kettering’s Ascension Catholic School is suing the school, Ascension Church and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati in federal court, saying officials discriminated against her a year ago when they fired the unmarried woman after she told the principal about her pregnancy. Kathleen Quinlan of Kettering, who has since [Read More...]

Love lessons: watch this teacher set his class on fire

I’ll be perfectly honest here: I just love this story. Take 12 minutes and watch this beautiful video about a remarkable teacher in Louisville, Kentucky, Jeffrey Wright.   Then read more about him in the New York Times.   I can’t think of anything more inspiring to encounter during the Feast of the Holy Family.  Here [Read More...]