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...]

Catholic School Fires Domestic Violence Victim Over Concerns About Her Husband

Details:  A San Diego teacher was fired by Holy Trinity School following a domestic violence incident involving her ex-husband. Second-grade teacher Carie Charlesworth is out of a job, but not for anything she did in the classroom. Her school district considers her a liability and too unsafe to have around following a domestic violence dispute [Read More...]

Wow: Check Out How One School is Trying to Boost Enrollment

When in doubt, sing! And make it a number from “Les Mis”! This creative video was produced for the Trinity School in South Bend, Indiana.   Read this blog post to learn how it came together: We polled the student body to see if they had ideas about what we could do to represent life [Read More...]

Defying School Board, Student Rips Up Graduation Speech and Says the Lord’s Prayer Instead

It happened in South Carolina:  A high school valedictorian from South Carolina ripped up his approved speech on stage this past weekend, and minutes later, delivered the Lord’s Prayer in defiance of the school district’s decision to no longer include prayer at graduation ceremonies. Roy Costner IV drew loud applause and cheers when he surprised [Read More...]

Ohio State President on Notre Dame: “You Can’t Trust Those Damn Catholics…”

I’m sure he meant it in jest. Details:  The president of Ohio State University said Notre Dame was never invited to join the Big Ten because the university’s priests are not good partners, joking that “those damn Catholics” can’t be trusted, according to a recording of a meeting he attended late last year. At the [Read More...]

“Parish-based Catechesis Has Been An Abject Failure”

Remember scenes like this one in a Catholic classroom?  Learning the catechism?  The basics of Catholicism?  Things have changed. Not long ago, I heard of a grade-schooler who was attending his First Communion and, when the pastor in his homily mentioned the honor and privilege of “eating the Body of Christ,” the kid freaked.  He [Read More...]

Gonzaga reverses decision, recognizes Knights of Columbus

You may remember this story from a few weeks back.  Now, an update:  A March decision to decline official club status to a Knights of Columbus college council at Gonzaga University because the group was all male and exclusively Catholic has been reversed by Gonzaga president Thayne McCulloh. A statement issued from the president’s office Tuesday also [Read More...]

School says lesbian teacher was fired over “spousal relationship,” not because she’s gay

Details:  A former teacher who said she was fired for being gay said she was told Tuesday night that she was fired for a spousal relationship, rather than her sexual orientation. Former Bishop Watterson physical education teacher Carla Hale met with principal Marian Hutson Tuesday night after Hale was fired for what was referred to [Read More...]