BREAKING: Harvard club moves Black Mass off campus

Frank Weathers has the scoop: The Harvard Extension School Cultural Studies Club said it will relocate its reenactment of a Satanic black mass ritual, scheduled for Monday night, to an off-campus site, citing in an email that “misinterpretations about the nature of the event were harming perceptions about Harvard and adversely impacting the student community.” The club [Read More…]

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“This is not a witch hunt”: Oakland bishop to meet with teachers over controversial new contract

You may remember  that Oakland teachers are being required to sign a new contract similar to one in Hawaii and Cincinnati, requiring them to “model behavior in conformity with the teaching of the Roman Catholic faith.” That hasn’t gone over well with some in Oakland:  Tim Newman, who has taught science at Bishop O’Dowd High School in [Read More…]

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The “Spirit of Inclusion” at Catholic schools

Make of this what you will. But this strikes me as something new on Catholic campuses: explicit and prominently publicized acceptance—or “inclusion”—of young people who are gay. First, this item about the University of Notre Dame popped up: The University of Notre Dame, an icon of American Catholicism, increasingly has been going against that current [Read More…]

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Catholic chaplain at Harvard: Black Mass is “a matter of hatred, an affront to our Catholic sensibilities”

Details from Catholic News Agency:  Fr. Michael Drea, senior chaplain at the Harvard Catholic Student Association, told CNA on May 8 that he has seen “a huge groundswell from Catholics on campus, as well as alumni” protesting the black mass re-enactment, which the priest characterized as “absolutely ludicrous” and extremely offensive. …Fr. Drea said that [Read More…]

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UPDATE: Students WILL be allowed to thank God during graduation speeches

Hot on the heels of the story that broke yesterday, a swift reversal:  Following the e-mail sent by Dr. Hvastkovs, ECU Provost Dr. Marilyn Sheerer sent an e-mail to chemistry majors who received the initial statement. Dr .Sheerer wrote, “Please disregard Dr. Hvastkovs’s previous email regarding your departmental graduation statement he sent to you on [Read More…]

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What the hell is Harvard thinking?—UPDATED

Yes, it’s true. Elizabeth Scalia has confirmed it: the The Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club is indeed hosting a Black Mass Monday night. And the group staging this event, The Satanic Temple, has announced plans to use a consecrated host. The Extension School issued a vague and rather passive aggressive statement about this “controversial event,” without [Read More…]

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University students banned from thanking God during graduation speeches

Considering how often the Almighty’s name is invoked before exams, this strikes me as a bit odd. Details: A professor at a public university in North Carolina forbade his students from thanking God in personal statements that will be delivered during their departmental graduation ceremony on Friday. In an email obtained by Campus Reform, Assistant Professor [Read More…]

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How dumb are Americans when it comes to religion? Very.

I’ve said it before: I think journalism students in the 21st century should be required to study and have a working knowledge of world religions. Based on this, maybe that should be a requirement of all college students. From Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times:  Secular Americans are largely ignorant about religion, but, in [Read More…]

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Catholic school retracts job offer to headmaster after his marriage breaks up

It happened in the UK:  A headmaster was sacked from his job at a top catholic school before he even started because the governors discovered he had split up with his wife. Christopher Belli, 38, was offered the top job at Corpus Christi RC High School in Cardiff in February following a lengthy recruitment process. [Read More…]

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Teachers protest new Catholic teacher contract prohibiting gay “lifestyles,” IVF

You may remember when this made news a few weeks back. Now, some teachers are challenging the contract:  About 60 people gathered Tuesday on Fountain Square to protest new language in the Cincinnati archdiocese’s teacher contract. They walked to the archdiocese offices on East Eighth Street, they said, to hand-deliver petitions – including an online [Read More…]

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