Historic: Muslim imam earns masters in theology at Catholic Seattle University

From The Seattle Times: The premise of Abdullah Polovina’s story sounds like the start of a bar joke: A Muslim imam walks into a Catholic university … Except it’s true. Polovina, who leads a congregation of Bosnian Muslims in Portland, did just that. And in June, he’ll walk out to “Pomp and Circumstance.” The 41-year-old [Read More...]

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That story about Catholic University offending Muslim students? Bull.

Steven Greydanus has been following the controversy—and doing a very good job of debunking it—over at the National Catholic Register:  Everybody take a deep breath. Nothing is actually happening here. The source of the confusion appears to be an undated article posted on BeliefNet — a story that dates back to 2011. (Undated news stories are the worst. Actually, as I [Read More...]

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Great moments in education: teacher screens “Fifty Shades of Grey” for high school students

Details:  Part of the erotic movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” was shown in a West Virginia high school classroom this week after students convinced their teacher to let them watch it as a reward for good work. The Charleston Daily Mail reports that the teacher apparently didn’t know what the film was about. Hampshire High principal [Read More...]

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Is Ave Maria University losing its Catholic identity?

Some students and alumnae think so. From The Naples Daily News:  Alexandra Clark ended her search for a Catholic college about five years ago at Ave Maria University. She and her sister wanted a place true to their faith, a school that wasn’t “just Catholic in name only.” Clark graduated from Ave Maria in 2014, and while [Read More...]

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Boom: Catholic schools growing in South, Southwest U.S.

From The Orlando Sentinel:  Catholic schools in Central Florida have been growing, bucking the national trend of declining Catholic school enrollment. That news has won the Orlando diocese praise during the National Catholic Education Association convention in Orlando this week. The diocese also got a boost from the announcement that the University of Notre Dame will work [Read More...]

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

View image | gettyimages.com 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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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