The next battleground in modesty: yoga pants

It’s happening at a Catholic school in Canada: First it was playground balls, and then it was kilts. Now another Ontario school has joined the bandwagon of proposed bans by saying no to tight-fitting Lululemon yoga pants. Some students at St. Joseph Catholic High School in Ottawa have kept wearing the yoga pants, even after [Read More...]

Justice Scalia: Strive to retain Catholic identity

That was Antonin Scalia’s message to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh on Saturday.  The Supreme Court Justice  spoke at an event marking the school’s 100th anniversary. From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Scalia’s 20-minute address to about 1,200 people in the A.J. Palumbo Center, Uptown, included a defense of religion in the public life and of an approach [Read More...]

Go ahead. Be amazing.

Since this is Catechetical Sunday, it seems a good time to turn a nice shiny spotlight on someone who knows a thing or two about being a catechist — indeed, being An Amazing Catechist — my Patheos neighbor Lisa Mladinich. Her fine column last week paid tribute to the catechetical vocation: Catechists have always had [Read More...]

Exodus: vouchers prompt thousands to move to Catholic schools in Indiana

The news being reported this morning is pretty remarkable: Weeks after Indiana began the nation’s broadest school voucher program, thousands of students have transferred from public to private schools, causing a spike in enrollment at some Catholic institutions that were recently on the brink of closing. It is a scenario public school advocates have long [Read More...]

What a city loses when Catholic schools close

A good reflection on this from today’s New York Times: Amid the grandeur and permanence of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, they marched down the aisle in pairs, the graduating seniors of Rice High School in Harlem. They were the 70th commencement class in the school’s history, the latest to bear the venerable epithet of being “Rice [Read More...]

Catholic professors slam Boehner: "Your record is at variance from the Church's ancient moral teachings" — UPDATED

It’s not often that a conservative Catholic speaker at Catholic commencement comes in for criticism from Catholics — but that’s exactly what has happened to the Speaker of the House. From the New York Times: House Speaker John A. Boehner, a Republican who grew up in a devout Roman Catholic family in Ohio, is scheduled to [Read More...]

Catholic higher education: lap dances by strippers?

So it seems.  It reportedly happened at La Salle (my father’s alma mater) in Philadelphia. Details: A La Salle University professor, Jack Rappaport, has been suspended for allegedly hiring strippers to give lap dances at an extra-credit seminar on business ethics. Rappaport was in the front of the classroom and three bikini-clad and miniskirted women were on [Read More...]