Catholic schools in U.S. actively recruiting Chinese students

 The New York Times has an interesting piece this week about efforts by Catholic schools to recruit well-heeled Chinese students, children of diplomats and executives. At one point, it describes the journey of a young woman named Di Wang, an atheist: When they arrived at DePaul two years ago, Ms. Wang and 26 other students [Read More...]

Charlotte fallout: nun cancels all speaking engagements, takes leave from teaching

From The Catholic Herald:  The Dominican sister who gave a presentation on sexuality to students at Charlotte Catholic High School that sparked controversy among students and parents last month is taking a sabbatical from teaching and canceling her other speaking engagements. The presentation March 21 by Dominican Sister Jane Dominic Laurel of Nashville, Tenn., entitled “Masculinity and Femininity: [Read More...]

Cincinnati Catholic school superintendent defends new contract

That contract made news several days ago. Now, Jim Rigg pens a column about that for the Cincinnati Enquirer:  Instead of instilling new requirements, the revised contract attempts to lay out, in abundantly clear language, some of the principles of the Catholic Church. The listing is not exhaustive, and admittedly focuses on issues where the Catholic [Read More...]

New teacher contract mandates firing for abortion, IVF and gay marriage

Hot on the heels of a similar move in Cincinnati, Honolulu is updating its teacher contract.  Details:   The Hawaii Catholic schools office, which supervises three dozen Roman Catholic private schools in the state, has just approved a new contract that says teachers can be fired if they engage in homosexual activity or marry someone [Read More...]

It’s a boy: fired Montana teacher gives birth

Details:    The Butte Central teacher fired for being pregnant has given birth to a boy. Shaela Evenson delivered Brody Tobin Evenson on March 7 at St. James Healthcare in Butte. Brody weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 21 inches long. This is the first child for Evenson and her partner, Marilyn Tobin, both [Read More...]

You’ve probably never been on a tour of a Catholic school quite like this

A reader sent this my way: a video tour for Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Glenview, Illinois. In a word: Wow. I’ll say this: the explosion of lip dub videos across the internet has been a real boon to steadicam operators—and it’s raised the bar for anyone who wants to produce a little [Read More...]

Archdiocese revises teacher contracts, prohibiting gay “lifestyles” and IVF

It’s happening in Cincinnati:  Teachers in Cincinnati Archdiocese schools could lose their jobs if they violate a new employment contract that clamps down on their personal lives beyond school walls. The new contract obtained by The Enquirer has doubled in size and is strikingly different from previous Archdiocese teacher employment agreements. For the first time, [Read More...]

Teenager at Catholic school claims “abandonment,” sues parents to pay her college tuition

From USA TODAY:  An honor student and athlete who claims her parents threw her out of their home when she turned 18 has taken the highly unusual step of suing them for immediate financial support and to force them to pay for her college education. Rachel Canning, a cheerleader and lacrosse player at Morris Catholic High School [Read More...]

Thousands sign petition asking that fired pregnant teacher be rehired

Details from USA TODAY:  More than 20,000 people from across the USA have called on the Catholic diocese here to reverse its decision to fire an unmarried middle school teacher who is pregnant. Supporters delivered a petition Thursday to Bishop George Leo Thomas of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena, calling the Jan. 10 decision to fire [Read More...]

Purdue rejects memorial plaque because of the word “God”

From the Indianapolis Star:  A Purdue University alumnus alleges his First Amendment rights were violated by his alma mater over a donation to the college. When Michael McCracken and his wife made a $12,500 donation to Purdue’s School of Mechanical Engineering in 2012, Purdue asked the engineering graduate to provide an inscription for a conference room dedication [Read More...]


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