Chicago’s Catholic schools at a crossroads

The Chicago Tribune looks this weekend at some trends in Catholic education — and finds, despite the hurdles, hope: If what has happened to St. Scholastica Academy in Rogers Park illustrates the grand rise and decline of Catholic schooling over the past century, supporters hope Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Pilsen is more telling of its [Read More…]

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Georgetown, the pope would like a word with you

He addressed a timely issue during today’s remarks to American bishops: Pope Benedict XVI called on America’s Catholic colleges and universities to reaffirm their Catholic identity by ensuring orthodoxy in theological studies and accepting the oversight of bishops. The pope made his remarks May 5 to U.S. bishops from Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Wyoming, [Read More…]

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Is student debt contributing to the vocation crisis? — UPDATED

A recent study from CARA says, “Yes”: With accumulated educational debt increasing by five percent yearly in the United States, the research was designed with two main goals: 1) to learn more about the impact of student loans on the men and women who are coming to religious life today. 2) to learn about the policy [Read More…]

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For all you college students out there…

Good luck.  You’re in my prayers. [Read more…]

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Catholic school to name center after Bill and Camille Cosby

Details: A historic Baltimore Catholic school will name its community center in honor of Bill and Camille Cosby, the biggest donors in the school’s 184-year history and fierce champions of education, the school announced Friday. St. Frances Academy, which serves 162 primarily low-income high school students, will host the comedian, his wife and their relatives [Read More…]

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Study: Catholics a minority at America’s largest Catholic university

Details: A study of student faiths at DePaul, deemed the largest Catholic University in the nation, has concluded that Catholic students are not the majority at the school. Statistics gathered by the Institutional Research and Market Analytics strategy group illustrate that while 33 percent of students at DePaul declare their Catholic faith, nearly 45 percent [Read More…]

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Inside The Heights, exclusive school for conservative DC Catholics

The New York Times takes a look at the school where Rick Santorum sent two of his sons: Are your jackets on, boys?” Joe Cardenas inspects his charges in a first-period freshman humanities class, sees that they are all appropriately blazered and standing tall, bows his head and begins the morning Hail Mary: “Hail Mary, [Read More…]

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New York's new sex ed curriculum: birds, bees, bestiality

And that’s just for starters. Explicit content to follow.  Details: Sex ed, which becomes mandatory in city middle and high schools next year, is meant to stem unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases among teens. But parents may be shocked by parts of the Department of Education’s “recommended” curriculum. Workbooks reviewed by The Post include [Read More…]

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Shock: ACLU backs right of 12-year-old girl to wear rosary to school

An apt news item for the beginning of October, the month of the rosary, don’t you think? Details: The Nebraska ACLU is siding with a sixth-grade girl who said that her religious beliefs have been compromised because the Fremont Public School District won’t let her go to class wearing a necklace that resembles a rosary. [Read More…]

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The City of Angels seeks angels for Catholic schools

Got a hundred million bucks to spare?  The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has a good way to use it, with an ambitious plan to support its schools. From the Los Angeles Times: Dwindling enrollment and other challenges have decimated urban Catholic schools nationwide, but a high-profile initiative to raise $100 million in tuition assistance may [Read More…]

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