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...]

Catholic University students build a hermitage in downtown Washington

If any place could use a little peace and quiet, it’s the nation’s capital. Details: Architecture students at The Catholic University of America are seeing their design efforts come to life through a project to build a modern-day hermitage in the middle of Washington, D.C. William Jelen, director of the collaborative project, called the experience [Read More...]

State University of New York plans to hold classes on religious holidays

And it’s causing a predictable outcry: Bishop William F. Murphy of Rockville Centre and other religious and political leaders are criticizing an announcement by a state university that from now on it will hold classes on major Jewish and Christian holidays. In a March 26 statement, Bishop Murphy responded to the decision by Stony Brook [Read More...]

Catholic school to name center after Bill and Camille Cosby

Details: A historic Baltimore Catholic school will name its community center in honor of Bill and Camille Cosby, the biggest donors in the school’s 184-year history and fierce champions of education, the school announced Friday. St. Frances Academy, which serves 162 primarily low-income high school students, will host the comedian, his wife and their relatives [Read More...]


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