Kennedy widow to speak at Catholic commencement

Details: The widow of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy will be giving a spring commencement speech at a Roman Catholic college in Massachusetts after all. Boston College Law School announced Friday that Victoria Kennedy will give the keynote address at its May 25 commencement. Kennedy had been scheduled to deliver this year’s commencement speech at Anna [Read More...]

UPDATE: Gay Iowa grad reaches compromise with diocese over scholarship presentation

Details: The gay advocacy organization that provided Prince of Peace Catholic School senior Keaton Fuller with a $40,000 scholarship has prepared a script to be read at a May 20 graduation ceremony with the blessing of Bishop Martin Amos. The diocesan superintendent of schools will read the script but a representative of the Eychaner Foundation’s [Read More...]

Uproar over diocese’s decision on scholarship for gay student — UPDATED

Details: A gay student at Prince of Peace Catholic School in Clinton has been chosen to receive a scholarship from an Iowa organization that promotes tolerance, but controversy has erupted over presentation of the award. Keaton Fuller, a senior at Prince of Peace, is one of eight recipients of a Matthew Shepard Scholarship from the [Read More...]

Georgetown, the pope would like a word with you

He addressed a timely issue during today’s remarks to American bishops: Pope Benedict XVI called on America’s Catholic colleges and universities to reaffirm their Catholic identity by ensuring orthodoxy in theological studies and accepting the oversight of bishops. The pope made his remarks May 5 to U.S. bishops from Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Wyoming, [Read More...]

Seriously? I thought this must be a headline from The Onion.

But no.  This headline is real: Georgetown Chooses Sebelius for Commencement Details, from the university: This afternoon, Georgetown announced the speakers for each school’s commencement address. Here is the list: David Simon, creator of the critically acclaimed television dramas “The Wire” and “Treme” will be speaking to the College. Dr. Mark Green, senior director of the [Read More...]

Is student debt contributing to the vocation crisis? — UPDATED

A recent study from CARA says, “Yes”: With accumulated educational debt increasing by five percent yearly in the United States, the research was designed with two main goals: 1) to learn more about the impact of student loans on the men and women who are coming to religious life today. 2) to learn about the policy [Read More...]

For all you college students out there…

Good luck.  You’re in my prayers. [Read more...]

What your commencement speaker won’t tell you

Some frank and timely words of wisdom from writer Christopher Wheelan in the Wall Street Journal: Dear Class of 2012, I became sick of commencement speeches at about your age. My first job out of college was writing speeches for the governor of Maine. Every spring, I would offer extraordinary tidbits of wisdom to 22-year-olds—which [Read More...]

I’m sure this seemed like a good idea at the time

The Diocese of Brooklyn (yes, that’s my diocese) decided to advertise Catholic schools with a special Sunday supplement in the New York Daily News. To promote it, on Friday they had stickers placed on the front page of the paper. This is how it turned out. [Read more...]

What we have come to: traditional marriage depiction “offensive”?

Details: Warwick [Rhode Island] officials are allowing a Pilgrim High School student to finish a hallway mural as she originally intended, after they had a section of it painted over last week. The mural shows a man’s journey from childhood to adulthood, with the last part showing him standing with a woman and child with [Read More...]


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