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...]

San Diego Chargers’ Philip Rivers to give commencement address at Catholic University; Cardinal Tagle to be honored

From the university’s press release: Philip Rivers, Pro Bowl quarterback for the San Diego Chargers, will address the Class of 2014 at the 125th Annual Commencement Ceremony of The Catholic University of America on May 17. CUA will award honorary degrees to Rivers and to Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, archbishop of Manila, at Commencement. A [Read More...]

Best snow day school announcement. Ever.

What did we do before we had the Internet? My childhood was deprived of things like this: a rap number performed by school administrators to inform the student body that school would be closed the next day. This comes from North Carolina’s Durham Academy. Head of School Michael Ulku-Steiner and his assistant appropriately performed an [Read More...]

“The normal Catholic response to sin is repentance and Confession, not loss of employment…”

“The normal Catholic response to sin, per se, is repentance and Confession, not loss of employment. A woman comes to the sacrament and confesses embezzlement. A priest will advise restitution, but he will not say “You must resign your job.” One can be truly repentant of most sins (including, one might surmise, of sins among [Read More...]

UPDATE: Montana diocese defends decision to fire pregnant teacher

Details from The Montana Standard:  Shaela Evenson “made a willful decision to violate the terms of her contract,” which requires her to follow Catholic teachings in both her personal and professional life, Superintendent Patrick Haggarty said Tuesday. “It’s a sensitive issue, and it’s unfortunate all around.” This morning, Haggarty defended the decision in a new [Read More...]

How do you fire a pregnant unwed teacher from a Catholic school? Here’s a suggestion.

So a school teacher in Montana has been fired for conceiving a child out of wedlock—evidently violating the terms of her contract. I’ve argued on Facebook that there was a better way to handle this, and someone asked me how. Okay. The next time something like this happens, and the school decides the only recourse [Read More...]

Unwed Catholic school teacher fired over pregnancy

From the Associated Press:  An unmarried teacher at a Roman Catholic middle school in Montana has been fired after getting pregnant, the Diocese of Helena confirmed. Patrick Haggarty, the superintendent of Catholic schools for the diocese, said Tuesday that Butte Central teacher Shaela Evenson “made a willful decision to violate the terms of her contract,” [Read More...]

Pope praises Notre Dame, calls on university to preserve its Catholic identity

Details: In a powerful statement encouraging fidelity and strong Catholic identity in Catholic higher education, Pope Francis today urged the University of Notre Dame to be an “uncompromising witness… to the Church’s moral teaching” and to resist “efforts, from whatever quarter, to dilute that indispensable witness,” according to a translation by Vatican Radio. The Holy Father’s [Read More...]