Pennsylvania boarding school graduates first class in effort to build “authentic Catholic culture”

From Catholic News Agency:  Gregory the Great Academy, a Catholic all-boys boarding school, has graduated its first class as part of its efforts to form young men in a life of virtue for the building up of a Catholic culture. “The spirit of the school is certainly characterized by joy,” Sean Fitzpatrick, the academy’s headmaster, [Read More...]

What we have come to: bulletproof blankets for kids to wear during school shootings

This is not a joke:  We’ve now had so many mass shootings that entrepreneurs see space in the market for a bulletproof blanket, made specifically to shield small children from gunfire. The Bodyguard Blanket, made by a company called ProTecht, is a bulletproof 5/16-inch pad, made from the same materials used by our military, except [Read More...]

Catholic school teacher is also a tattoo artist

From The New York Daily News: She’s good with chalk and ink. This Bensonhurst preschool instructor has managed to bridge the seemingly distant worlds of teaching and tattooing. Jeanine Susca, 29, a teacher at St. Athanasius Elementary School on Bay Parkway, also runs a tattoo shop with her husband on 13th Ave., inking clients on [Read More...]

UPDATE: Catholic school issues statement regarding picture of girl in a tux

Following up on this story from last week, Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep in San Francisco has posted the following statement online: We begin by formally apologizing to Jessica and her parents, Tony and Ana Urbina. We deeply regret the pain caused in the past few days. The information below is meant to provide our entire [Read More...]

Indiana University’s inspiring—and surprising—commencement speaker

Little wonder he got a standing ovation at the end. Parker Mantell has a disability: he stutters. But he courageously spoke before thousands on Sunday. You can read more here.  See the results for yourself below. [Read more...]

Students protest after Catholic school pulls yearbook picture of girl wearing tux

Details:  Hundreds of students at a San Francisco Catholic school wore ties to class Friday to protest an administrative decision to keep the graduation photo of a female student wearing a tuxedo out of the yearbook. The outcry became contagious as word spread across social media and support for Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory senior Jessica Urbina flowed in from around [Read More...]

Vatican responds to “Exorcist” author on Georgetown: “Your communications constitute a well-founded complaint”

From The Washington Post:  The author of the thriller “The Exorcist” says he has new hope he has put the fear of God in Georgetown University. William Peter Blatty, a Georgetown graduate, submitted to the Vatican last fall a petition with some 2,000 signatures calling for the school to be stripped of the labels Catholic [Read More...]

At prayer vigil, Harvard chaplain reminds those gathered of “the call of veritas”

Some details of last night’s prayer vigil from The Harvard Crimson:  Seats in St. Paul, which sits at the intersection of Bow and Arrow streets, were quickly filled as the crowd reached the church and the prayer service began. Among those in attendance were University President Drew G. Faust, Reverend Jonathan L. Walton, Pusey Minister [Read More...]

BREAKING: Harvard club moves Black Mass off campus

Frank Weathers has the scoop: The Harvard Extension School Cultural Studies Club said it will relocate its reenactment of a Satanic black mass ritual, scheduled for Monday night, to an off-campus site, citing in an email that “misinterpretations about the nature of the event were harming perceptions about Harvard and adversely impacting the student community.” The club [Read More...]

“This is not a witch hunt”: Oakland bishop to meet with teachers over controversial new contract

You may remember  that Oakland teachers are being required to sign a new contract similar to one in Hawaii and Cincinnati, requiring them to “model behavior in conformity with the teaching of the Roman Catholic faith.” That hasn’t gone over well with some in Oakland:  Tim Newman, who has taught science at Bishop O’Dowd High School in [Read More...]


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