VA faith-based groups ask court to reconsider ruling that allows state to ruin them for their beliefs 

NOTE: This lawsuit — objecting to the horrific fines imposed for hiring people aligned with a nonprofit’s principles — directly affects Virginia-based Catholic schools and nonprofits . ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A new lawsuit challenges a Virginia law that forces nonprofit ministries to abandon their core convictions in hiring and other policies or face fines up…

Archbishop Cordileone Named Prior of Historic Order of Catholic Knights

Archbishop Cordileone Named Prior of Historic Order of Catholic Knights

CNA—Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco was recently named the new prior of a historic order of knighthood. Cordileone will serve as principal chaplain to the U.S. delegation of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George. The Order is an organization of Catholics who prioritize the propagation of the faith and support Catholic education,…

The Revolution in Minnesota’s Schools

The Revolution in Minnesota’s Schools

In the name of ending white supremacy and systemic racism, school districts are indoctrinating students with a new radical vision of American society. In fall 2020, a fourth-grade class in Burnsville read a book that warns students that police are “mean” to black people, but “nice” to white people. “Cops stick up for each other,”…

Ohio mother switches child from public to Catholic school: She’s not alone

Ohio mother switches child from public to Catholic school: She’s not alone

An Ohio mother said Monday that she made a “judgment call” in switching her daughter from public to Catholic school, after coronavirus restrictions made it impossible to virtually teach her children and work her job at the same time. She’s not alone… read more / watch short news video >> Contrary to the National Catholic…

Attention Catholic School Teachers and Homeschoolers: Annual History Essay Contest, Cash Awards

Attention Catholic School Teachers and Homeschoolers: Annual History Essay Contest, Cash Awards

The Annual History Essay Contest, sponsored by the Catholic Textbook Project textbook publishing company, is now underway! All Catholic private, parochial, and homeschool students in grades 4-12 are invited to participate. “It’s a great way for students to sharpen their history and writing skills. Plus, there are prizes for winners and for their schools!” says…

HISTORY: The Past gives valuable Perspective to the Present

HISTORY: The Past gives valuable Perspective to the Present

Popular culture holds a dismissive attitude toward history. Common headlines include “unprecedented times”, “worse than ever”, and “never before.” But how often is that really true? What do we face that is truly without precedent? This mindset—that all things have either escalated or de-escalated, that the present is always somehow more or less than the…

History Matters: Google, Columbus Day and More

History Matters: Google, Columbus Day and More

Today, October 14, is a long-established U.S. national holiday in honor of the Catholic Italian Explorer Christopher Columbus who was the first to discover and bring settlers to the new world of what just a few centuries later became the United States of America. There’s much more to the story that you and I learned…

Christopher Columbus and True History from The Mariners’ Museum

Christopher Columbus and True History from The Mariners’ Museum

Non-millennials may recall that the Columbus holiday used to be always celebrated on October 12th, the day Columbus landed on San Salvador. They may not realize that genuine, long-standing and well-researched historical accounts show that Columbus was a deeply religious man, and part of his motivation for crossing the ocean was to bring the Gospel…

Online Conference on the Renewal of Catholic Education Triples in Attendance

Online Conference on the Renewal of Catholic Education Triples in Attendance

More than 700 Catholic educators from across the country and overseas will gather online next week to explore, celebrate, and strengthen the growing movement to save Catholic schools through the recovery of the Church’s proven tradition of education. The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education’s 8th National Conference was forced to shift to an online format…

Archbishop Gomez Urges Catholics and the Public to Take Action to Keep Catholic Schools Open

Archbishop Gomez Urges Catholics and the Public to Take Action to Keep Catholic Schools Open

In his weekly column, Archbishop José H. Gomez called for nationwide support to keep Catholic schools open as many Catholic schools throughout the nation face permanent closure because of the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on education funding by the end of this month. The Archbishop…

Calling Catholic Educators: The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education has you covered this summer…

A renown resource for Catholic educators, The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education, announces its conference and retreat line-up for Summer 2020.  After sudden lockdowns and being forced to re-invent classroom teaching on a dime, Catholic educators nationwide are ready for a break.  Why not take a break that truly reinvigorates your vocation as a teacher,…

Bishop Paprocki provides pastoral guide on gender identity

Bishop Paprocki provides pastoral guide on gender identity

CNA—Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield in Illinois issued a pastoral guide last month regarding diocesan policies on gender identity, expounding on existing policy that schools and other diocesan institutions will recognize students and adults by the biological sex with which they were born. In the guide, Paprocki noted the need to approach the issue with…

CATHOLIC BUSINESS PROFILE: Catholic School Principal Kenneth Farr

CATHOLIC BUSINESS PROFILE: Catholic School Principal Kenneth Farr

In the words of the American writer William Arthur Ward, ”The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The wise teacher inspires.” Kenneth Farr, M.A., the new principal at St. David Catholic School in Richmond, CA, as of July 1, inspires. To become principal at age 26, after just five years…

John Paul II Institute responds to student and faculty criticisms

John Paul II Institute responds to student and faculty criticisms

The Pontifical John Paul II Institute issued a statement Monday, defending recent changes at the school. But some students and faculty members say that explanations do not address the full picture of issues at the theological institute. “The academic project of the new Institute, approved by the Congregation for Catholic Education, is designed as a…

Oakcrest Catholic school becomes second to leave PVAC over transgender policy

Oakcrest Catholic school becomes second to leave PVAC over transgender policy

International Dateline—Oakcrest School announced its departure from the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference (PVAC) last week, becoming the second school to leave the conference because of the league’s inclusive policy regarding transgender athletes. Mary Ortiz, Oakcrest’s Head of School, wrote a letter to PVAC President Taisto Saloma on June 14 informing him of Oakcrest’s withdrawal from…

Tax credits: U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear Montana school choice case

Tax credits: U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear Montana school choice case

CNA—The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case addressing the question of whether states can deny tax credit programs to parents and children who choose religious private schools. “States cannot base laws on hostility to religion. Likewise, no provision of Montana’s constitution can enshrine hostility to religion into state law. We commend the…

A Catholic School Stands Its Ground

A Catholic School Stands Its Ground

Crisis—There have been plenty of examples of our secular culture’s antagonism toward Catholic education: from the Covington School-Nick Sandmann debacle, to activism against the admissions policies of Kansas City’s Catholic schools, and to numerous lawsuits by employees fired from Catholic schools for moral indiscretions. The greatest danger in these situations is not the secularist’s desire…

The Remarkable Turnaround: Catholic school goes from $500K in debt, bleeding cash, to full capacity and waiting list

The Remarkable Turnaround: Catholic school goes from $500K in debt, bleeding cash, to full capacity and waiting list

After nearly 20 years serving as a teacher and then vice principal at the mid-to-lower income, blue-collar school she had attended as a child, Mary Pat Donoghue entered St. Jerome’s door as its new principal in July 2009. The remarkable transformation that took place at St. Jerome’s in Hyattsville, a once-unremarkable school tucked away on…

Catholic school sues South Euclid, Ohio, to defend its right to hire Catholic teachers

Catholic school sues South Euclid, Ohio, to defend its right to hire Catholic teachers

South Euclid, Ohio, recently passed a new city ordinance that adds religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes under the law. The Lyceum, a Catholic school in South Euclid, has spoken out against this measure from the beginning. Now that the city voted to pass this proposed ordinance, Alliance Defending Freedom…

Humility and Sanity can Change the World!

Humility and Sanity can Change the World!

Thirty-five years ago I admired the neo-Gothic buildings of a Catholic college in Westchester County. But I was surprised to find that the confessional in the beautiful chapel was being used as a broom closet. There had been some misunderstanding about aggiornamento, or bringing the practice of the Faith up to date. That was the College…