Fearful Christians at Duke Will Make Secularists’ Job Easier

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"Tolerance" as a concept has been so thoroughly bastardized by agendists using the word as a silencing cudgel, that I think many have forgotten what it is actually about: "putting up with" each other, in peace.Tolerance requires not that we "celebrate and support" each other, but merely that we make some room to let the gal or guy next to us -- regardless of what they believe -- live out their lives. Misuse of the word has sullied it and created such a disconnect between action and meaning … [Read more...]

A culture of priestly vocation on campus

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Dr. Timothy Muldoon is an award-winning author and Catholic theologian. He is a researcher in Catholic higher education in the Division of University Mission and Ministry at Boston College, and a frequent lecturer, speaker, and retreat leader in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He is also a contributing writer here at Patheos. He writes with some very heartening news as Boston College and CARA release a newly-commissioned study on College Experience and the Priesthood. For further … [Read more...]

Supposed to be teaching, “I feel like I’m babysitting!”

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The email was a cry from the heart from someone who really wanted to do the right thing:Dear Anchoress,I was asked to teach CCD to third graders making their First Reconciliation and First Communion. I am not a teacher. . .but having coached CYO (10-12-year-olds), and also having children (now adults), I agreed.I have been trying since September to "get into it." I prepare each week, sometimes for over a few hours. There are eleven kids in the class. They mostly show up, [but] if … [Read more...]

Boom!: Patheos Catholic Bloggers Call for Um…Revolution! UPDATED

Yes, Revolution. It all started with Joanne McPortland, who we know is completely subversive. She wrote "What's Really Wrong with Catholic Religious Education? Everything!":Bad Catechesis has been an integral part of our tradition for a lot longer than 40 years, and it still goes on. Our seeming inability to form Catholics who understand and embrace the basics of the Faith is not the fault of Vatican II or goofy textbook publishers or ill-equipped religious ed volunteers. It’s not even the f … [Read more...]

The New School: Saving Education from Itself

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The Federal Reserve also found that those with student loan debt were less likely to purchase houses or cars than those without student loans. This isn't surprising. [Such debt] doesn't encourage people to live large. But with young people traditionally being a major source of demand in both the housing and auto markets, two areas deemed important to economic recovery and prosperity -- buying first houses and first cars and then moving up to something fancier every few years -- this burden is … [Read more...]

“What was Auschwitz?” “I don’t know…”

No rant here, just clear demonstration of our terrifying ignorance and disconnection from our recent past:Questioner: What was the Holocaust? American College Student: Um...I'm on the spot.Questioner: Which country was Adolf Hitler the leader of? American College Student: I think it's Amsterdam?Questioner: What was Auschwitz? American College Student: I don't know.Questioner: What were the Nuremburg Trials? American College Student: I don't know.Questioner: How many Jews … [Read more...]

Worst. Fairy Tale. Ever. Also, the woman on the bed…UPDATED

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So, people have been asking me what I think about the Common Core curriculum and seriously, the little research I've done, it doesn't look so bad. I see that grammar, after taking a hit these last two decades, is back on the menu, so that's good. They should bring back civics, too, but I know they won't.That fairy tale above you see above, though, --a "core curriculumn aligned" worksheet that recently turned up in a Long Island elementary school -- bothers me, because it's just so damned … [Read more...]

Remembering Bobby Kennedy and Missing Great Oratory

Today is the anniversary of the death of Robert F. Kennedy. On Facebook, Bishop Christopher Coyne posted this quote from him:"What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists, is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents."Something to ponder in a world where extremism is become commonplace.We’ll not see the like of RFK again, to our detriment. I don't say this because I t … [Read more...]

The Healy Brothers; a Thrilling, Shameful Story

February is Black History Month, and to kick it off historian Dr. Pat McNamara brings us a fascinating story that thrilled and shamed me. What a remarkable family of faith existed in the sons and daughters of Michael Healy and Eliza Clark; they became priests, nuns and even a bishop emerging from their home in Georgia, where mixed-race children were called "slaves." But none of it came easily or peacefully in 19th century America:By any standard, the Healys were an impressive family. … [Read more...]

Labias Up! Vagina-gazing season is open!

Or something. (H/T Tongue-tied.) No, REALLY. :-)Calling all women of color.“The Vagina Monologues” wants you.That’s the message students have heard in the past weeks, as the annual show has opted to bring women of color center stage, while planning to leave many white women behind the curtains. ... But many other students who participated in previous shows said women of color have stayed away from the play because they believe the script portrays minorities negatively. ... “We ca … [Read more...]


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