This wouldn’t be a problem if they’d just let teachers marry. Oh. Wait…

Unreal:  A Queens middle-school teacher let a 14-year-old student drive his car, gave him cash and expensive gifts, and exchanged hundreds of texts behind his parent’s back. But, over the objections of the outraged parents and principal, the teacher can keep his job, an arbitrator has ruled. James Rampulla Jr., 44, who taught at Irwin [Read More...]

For the first time, woman to become rector of pontifical university in Rome

Details:  She was the first woman to obtain a permanent position as a professor at the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University Antonianum, the Roman university run by the Order of Friars Minor; she was the first woman to be appointed a dean, which is equivalent to the position of department head and now that [Read More...]

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...]


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