Catholic colleges rethinking views on gays

From the Twin Cities Pioneer Press:  Since taking over University of St. Thomas this summer, President Julie Sullivan has heard from gay faculty and students that they feel a need to “hide” on campus. In her recent convocation address, the first lay, female president at the Roman Catholic school in St. Paul vowed to change [Read More...]

Catholic college cancels speech by author who supports gay marriage

Details:  Providence College, a Roman Catholic institution in Rhode Island, has canceled an event in which a gay philosophy professor had been invited to speak in support of same-sex marriage, The New York Times reported. The speaker, John Corvino, is chairman of the philosophy department at Wayne State University and the author of the new book What’s Wrong [Read More...]

New Orleans archbishop orders school calendars changed to keep Sundays free

Details:  After months of nudging Catholics to reclaim Sunday as a day to attend Mass and spend time with family, New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond is mandating that Catholic schools clear their calendars that day each week. Aymond began asking schools last year to tweak practice schedules and reschedule social events so harried families could [Read More...]

Duquesne disputes claims surrounding death of adjunct professor

This story, posted earlier in the week, received tons of attention from around the internet—and the university that employed the teacher now says the charges in the column are untrue. Details from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:  An op-ed piece Wednesday in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recounting the death of a longtime Duquesne University adjunct professor fueled online anger nationally [Read More...]

Diocese bans school trips to leading research facility because of work on embryonic stem cells

Details:  Children who attend Catholic schools within the Madison diocese won’t be taking any more field trips to a renowned research center because it conducts research using embryonic stem cells. The Madison Catholic Diocese, which announced its decision in a letter Thursday, said the research at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery runs counter to Catholic [Read More...]

Catholic university cancels appearance by Geraldo Rivera, son of a “lay deacon”

From Politico: Geraldo Rivera has been uninvited to speak at Duquesne University after posting a revealing picture of himself on Twitter, according to a report, in a manner the radio and television personality called “incredibly rude” to POLITICO. Rivera had been scheduled to appear in October on a panel at the school in Pittsburgh on [Read More...]

Nuns disappearing from the Catholic school system

It’s a phenomenon that’s been developing for a while. Now, the Norfolk Daily News in Nebraska takes note of what’s happening in their corner of the country: Twenty-five years ago, having a nun for a teacher or principal was as common to Catholic schools as daily prayer. Few were better at building morals and character, [Read More...]

Beautiful: watch this extraordinary teacher set his class on fire

This video is making the rounds once more. Since it’s back-to-school time, this seems like a great opportunity to meet, once more, a great teacher. I first posted this video last December.   As I wrote back then:  Here is love, pure love.  Parental advisory: keep a Kleenex nearby and be prepared to hug your [Read More...]

Little boy struck by minivan tells driver: “Forgive me, it was my fault”

Details:  An 11-year-old is recovering in the hospital after he was hit by a car on the way to school this morning, police said. South Bend Police Capt. Phil Trent said the boy, a student at St. Joseph School, darted onto Colfax Avenue, just east of St. Louis Boulevard, around 8 a.m. A woman driving [Read More...]

Bishop blesses ranch site of Catholic college from horse-drawn carriage

Well now: there’s a picture you don’t see every day. Complete with altar server in surplice. Yee-haw! Details (and a prominent mention of one of our Patheos writers!) below: Bishop David Ricken, a founder of Wyoming Catholic College, flicked holy water across the prairie as a horse drawn cart took him over a portion of [Read More...]


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