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...]

Boom: Enrollment strong at Long Island Catholic high schools

From the Just Down the Expressway Desk…some encouraging news from Newsday:  Bucking a national trend, enrollment at most of Long Island’s Catholic high schools is strong and holding steady, even as falling numbers of students in the diocese’s elementary schools forced closures and the region’s economy struggles to regain its pre-recession footing. Seven of the [Read More...]

Scholars call on Catholic schools to reject Common Core

Details, from The New York Times: A group of Roman Catholic scholars has called on Catholic schools to ignore the new educational standards known as the Common Core, a set of guidelines on what students should know and be able to do from kindergarten through 12th grade, opening a front with parallels to the fight over [Read More...]

Teen claims Catholic high school expelled her because she’s gay

 Details:  A prestigious Catholic high school booted a Bronx senior for being gay, the girl claims in a lawsuit. Amanda Acevedo, 17, says in court papers that a homophobic administrator at Preston HS in Throggs Neck took exception to her bringing a girl as a date to a school dance and embarked on a two-year [Read More...]

Catholic university votes to end insurance for some abortions

An update to yesterday’s story: After weeks of campus-wide debate, trustees at Loyola Marymount University voted late Monday to end university-paid insurance coverage for elective abortions for faculty and staff in 2014. But in a concession that could wind up making both sides unhappy, the university will offer a policy administrated by a third party — not [Read More...]

What does it mean to be a “Catholic” university?—UPDATED

A prominent school in Los Angeles is wrestling with that very question.  From the New York Times:  On the campus of Loyola Marymount University, overlooking this city’s west side, a fight over abortion now threatens to rip the school asunder. Trustees of the Jesuit university will decide on Monday whether to remove coverage for elective [Read More...]


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