Class act: a Catholic grammar school embraces a classical education

It’s happening in suburban Washington, D.C. — and the Washington Post this weekend sat up and took notice.  (I took notice when I saw the photograph below: they still have those desks??!!) Details: It’s 1 p.m. and time for Amy Clayton’s fifth grade to show off their memorization skills. Decked out in blue long-sleeved shirts [Read More...]

Welcome home: Boston sees some Catholics returning

The archdiocese launched the ambitious “Catholics Come Home” project on Ash Wednesday, and the Boston Herald takes a look at how it’s doing: The Boston Archdiocese’s largest effort in a generation to reach lapsed Catholics is drawing wandering souls back to the church’s open arms, but the biggest obstacle could be keeping them, priests and [Read More...]

Now hear this: priest orders kids out of mass for not singing loudly

Now I’ve heard everything — including a story about a priest who evidently didn’t hear enough. Check this out: Some parents with students in Nebraska’s largest Catholic grade school think their priest went too far in ordering 250 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders out of Mass because they weren’t singing loudly enough. Incensed, the parents say [Read More...]

Are you Catholic?

There’s a new social website for Catholics — and, really, non-Catholics — called Are You Catholic? The site has posted an introductory video, below. Details, from the website: AreYouCatholic.com – An easy way for Catholics to publicly and anonymously share what it means to be Catholic. An active Catholic Church offers its parishioners the ability [Read More...]

What Catholics don't know

That’s the notion I’m chewing on this week over in my column, “All Things New.” A snip: A couple years ago, during Easter season, a man stopped me after church one Sunday. He was perturbed. “What’s all this Latin doing in the mass?” he asked. “What do you mean?” “All this Latin!” he said, exasperated. [Read More...]

A lost generation? Maybe not

Some highlights of the big conference at Fordham earlier this week, on 20-somethings and the Church, courtesy CNS: Catholic young adults aren’t as attached to the church as their counterparts from the 1940s and 1950s, but they are hardly a lost generation and have not abandoned the faith, according to speakers at a two-day forum [Read More...]

A Raven Catholic

A couple years ago, I posted this interview with the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, John Harbaugh, who talked candidly and passionately about his Catholic faith. Now the reporter who did that interview, George Matysek of the Catholic Review, has posted excerpts as a video online.  Check it out below. [Read more...]

Growing the flock

What does it take to make a parish come alive? A local paper in Santa Clara, California has been taking a look at the various religions that make up its diverse community, and it’s concluding its series with a profile of a large and thriving Catholic parish that owes much of its vibrancy to the [Read More...]


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