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...]

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...]