Seattle students plan “Z-Day” protest—UPDATED

Details:  Students from Eastside Catholic High School and other Catholic secondary schools  delivered a message outside the Archdiocese of Seattle on Saturday afternoon:  We are not going away, and we are taking our protest to a new level. “We care too much about Mr. Zmuda to let this go,” said Ian Edwards, a senior at [Read More...]

Report: surge in “late baptisms” in UK to get kids into Catholic schools

From the Telegraph newspaper: Rising numbers of children are being given late baptisms amid a scramble for places at the most popular Roman Catholic schools, it has emerged. Figures show that the number of children baptised after their first birthday has soared by a third in just 10 years. At the same time, fewer “cradle” baptisms [Read More...]

Meet a Muslim living with Mormons and attending a Catholic high school

Photo: Bob Brawdy/Tri-City Herald Details from the Tri-City Herald in Washington state: A Muslim exchange student lives with a Mormon family and attends a small private Catholic high school. It’s not a sitcom script. It’s a real-life cultural immersion experience for 16-year-old Muhammad Janjua. Janjua, who goes by Umer, is living, learning and forging new [Read More...]

Seattle students continue protests over fired gay teacher

Seattle, you have a problem. Details: Former Eastside Catholic Vice-Principal and Coach Mark Zmuda is now affectionately known as “Mr. Z”.  Mark Zmuda was fired last week for marrying his partner this summer which has touched off a lightning rod situation of equality vs. church doctrine.  Students of East Catholic have rallied for Zmuda’s  return with sit [Read More...]

For sale: NYC’s oldest Catholic school

One of its former students: Martin Scorsese. Details from The New York Daily News:  The Catholic Church is peddling a piece of history — the oldest Catholic school in the city. The cash-strapped Archdiocese of New York is selling off the St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral School on Prince St., on the grounds of the original [Read More...]

Parents, alumni demand gay vice principal be reinstated at Catholic high school

The story from last week is taking on a life of its own. Details from ABC News:  Alumni, students and parents from a Seattle Catholic school are fighting to have a revered vice principal reinstated, after school officials discovered his marriage to another man. Supporters of Mark Zmuda vowed to pull funds from Eastside Catholic [Read More...]

Seattle Catholic students protest departure of gay teacher

Details:  When Eastside Catholic High School ended the employment of its vice principal for marrying his same-sex partner, it joined a growing list of Catholic institutions that have fired gay employees for marrying, announcing wedding plans or advocating too enthusiastically for gay marriage. The terminations — more than 15 across the country in the last [Read More...]

Shock: Louisiana deacon shot and killed at his parents’ house

Words fail. From WWLTV:  Police in Houma are searching for a suspect who shot and killed a deacon Sunday afternoon. Police say a 17-year-old homeless boy, Leron Calloway, who police believe is armed and dangerous, is a person of interest in the case. He’s wanted for questioning in the shooting death of Connely Duplantis, a [Read More...]

A Catholic university makes room for Muslims

From The Minneapolis Star Tribune: Dark-haired young men started arriving about 12:30 p.m., piling their backpacks and coats in the narrow hallway. One by one, they slipped off their shoes and darted into an “ablution station” for ritual washing. Then they filed silently into room 302 of Loras Hall. For the first time in its [Read More...]

“Apologetics: I’m Not Really Sorry”: new online course for priests and deacons

FOB (Friend of the Bench) Patrick Madrid dropped me a line this morning and asked if I’d alert deacons and priests to his online course for continuing formation that’s about to get underway. It’s happening through the Sacred Heart Institute, a cooperative effort between the Archdiocese of New York and two neighboring dioceses, Rockville Centre [Read More...]


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