Catholic high school requires girls to submit photos of their prom dresses for approval

View image | From Huffington Post: A controversy over prom dresses has erupted at a Pennsylvania high school following the announcement of a new policy requiring girls to submit photographs of their dresses for pre-approval before the big event. According to the York Daily Record, Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown announced the new [Read More...]

Teachers sue to observe Good Friday

From AP:  Teachers in Cranston, Rhode Island, have filed a lawsuit against the city’s school department after their requests to observe Good Friday were denied in a move they say violated their civil rights. About 200 teachers contacted the union to report that they were being prevented from taking the day off, although they had [Read More...]

After bookstore pulls “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Catholic college has it returned to the shelves

It happened last week at Boston College. The explanation, via The Boston Globe: BC spokesman Jack Dunn told us the decision to remove the book was made by Follett Corp., the Illinois-based company that operates the BC store (and about 950 other campus booksellers), not by BC. He said the school urged the company to reconsider its decision, reminding [Read More...]

Catholic college board votes unanimously to decline federal funds: “Our Catholic identity might be further in danger”

From CNS:  Wyoming Catholic College, a Catholic university founded in 2005 in Lander, announced in late February that it “shall not participate in federal student loan programs.” The decision came after months of analysis and deliberations by the college and its board of directors. “While the financial benefits are undeniable,” said a news release, “the [Read More...]

Notre Dame to give Laetare Medal to Aaron Neville

The press release:  Aaron Neville, a four-time Grammy Award-winning singer and musician, will receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2015 Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics, at Notre Dame’s 170th University Commencement ceremony May 17 (Sunday). “Aaron Neville proudly embraces and honors his faith through his God-given musical talents,” said Notre Dame’s [Read More...]

Archdiocese of Cincinnati to clarify morals clauses in teachers’ contracts

From The Cincinnati Enquirer:  Remember the Catholic schools contract that stirred controversy this past year? The one that included a new morality clause for teachers, sparking online petitions and a Downtown protest? Well, it’s getting another update – with some tweaked language and a new cover letter school officials say will clarify what is expected [Read More...]

SF teachers sign petition protesting archbishop’s morality clauses

From the AP: Teachers and staff from four Catholic High Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area are urging their archbishop to remove morality clauses from the faculty handbook. Teacher Jim Jordan said Tuesday a petition with 355 signatures of teachers and staff will be delivered to Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone by union representatives. Jordan is [Read More...]

PR heavyweight hired to fight SF archbishop

From The SF Weekly:  There’s a new contender in the faith-fueled fight between Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and parents, students, and teachers of local Catholic schools. Media relations heavyweight Sam Singer is now representing the embattled Catholics of conscience in the holy war of public relations. Archbishop Cordileone issued new morality clauses banning teachers from public [Read More...]

Report: SF archbishop reassessing morals code for teachers

From The San Francisco Chronicle:  Under pressure from parents, students and staffers at the San Francisco Catholic Archdiocese’s schools, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said Tuesday that he is reexamining strict guidelines he proposed for teachers that would require them to reject homosexuality, use of contraception and other “evil” behavior. Cordileone also said he is dropping an [Read More...]

Report: SF school distributes pamphlets about sodomy, masturbation—UPDATED

The parish involved is Star of the Sea, which made news last month for the pastor’s decision to stop using girl altar servers.  The latest:  In the latest controversy to strike the Catholic Church in San Francisco, elementary school students at the Star of the Sea School were given pamphlets referring to sexual topics that some parents [Read More...]