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...]

Ever think of switching to decaf, Nick?

Behold, Nicholas Selby’s jaw-dropping welcome speech to students at Georgia Tech this week.  It almost makes me want to go back to school. Almost. Read more about it here. [Read more...]

Fired gay teacher in Ohio reaches settlement with Catholic school

You may remember this story.  The update, from a Columbus TV station:   A teacher who was fired from a central Ohio Catholic school after her homosexuality was made public has agreed with the Columbus Diocese that she will not return to her former job. The law firm representing former Bishop Watterson High School teacher Carla [Read More...]

Students at Catholic school rally to support fired gay teacher

A followup on a story from last month, in the Los Angeles Times:  Students rallied Thursday at St. Lucy’s Priory High School in Glendora to support a gay teacher who was fired after he married his partner. Ken Bencomo, 45, of Rancho Cucamonga, was fired from his teaching position at the Catholic girls school after photos [Read More...]

Archdiocese of New York Hires Outside Organization to Run Schools

Details:  In an unprecedented move, the Archdiocese of New York is trying to save six cash-strapped elementary schools by allowing an outside organization to run them. The Partnership for Inner-City Education — which has a history of working with city Catholic schools — is contracting with the archdiocese to manage the finances and oversee the [Read More...]

Prominent Minnesota Catholic School Leader Says He is in a Gay Relationship, Resigns

Details:  The president of a prominent Minnesota Catholic high school resigned last week after he informed other school officials that he is in a same-sex relationship, according to a letter sent Tuesday to people connected to Totino-Grace High School. William Hudson‘s resignation from the Fridley school was effective last Friday. The letter detailing his exit came from the [Read More...]

As Catholic Schools Close, Minorities See a Lifeline Slipping Away

From the New York Times:  Sonia Sotomayor lives in Washington, but she has never forgotten her roots in the Bronx. On a drizzly March afternoon, she returned to Blessed Sacrament School, where she began her celebrated, if improbable, journey from her South Bronx childhood to the Supreme Court. But instead of a joyous reunion, it [Read More...]

Catholic League: “Reaction by Conservatives to Obama’s Speech in Ireland is Simply Insane”

The statement, which may surprise some people, from Bill Donohue: There are plenty of reasons to be critical of President Obama’s policies as they relate to the Catholic Church, and I have not been shy in stating them. But the reaction on the part of conservatives, many of whom are Catholic, over his speech in [Read More...]