Robert Bellarmine and Global Warming

In the popular imagination, Galileo was a courageous champion of Science (YAY!) against the corrupt and backwards Catholic Church. (BOOO!) This simplistic view is attractive to people with a natural hostility to people of faith. It is also false. On this feast of Saint Robert Bellarmine, we should remember that, contrary to the standard narrative, the Catholic Church has defended and promoted empi... More

Why Do Liberals Love to Hate Catholic Schools?

A former Catholic school teacher, Christa Dias, is suing the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for firing her after she artificially inseminated herself to conceive a child out of wedlock, which is a violation of the teachings of the Church and of her employment contract. Meanwhile, Carla Hale continues her battle against the Diocese of Columbus after being dismissed for her making her lesbian “spousalâ... More

Bishop Campbell Speaks About the Hale Case

In an exclusive interview published today in the Columbus Dispatch, Bishop Frederick Campbell broke his patient silence on what was until now a purely internal human resources matter regarding the dismissal of Carla Hale. She was a teacher at a Catholic high school in the Diocese of Columbus until her public and open admission that she considers her lesbian partner a “spouse” in contradic... More

UPDATE: Columbus Diocese Remains Resolute, Lesbian Teacher Basks in Spotlight

The Columbus Dispatch reports that after meeting with the principal of Bishop Watterson High School, Carla Hale gave a press conference to her fawning supporters in the media vowing to “continue her fight” against the Catholic Church. Far from being a private matter between two consenting adults, Hale has elevated this issue to a public debate precisely because of her own actions, first by pub... More

Lesbian Teacher Suing Diocese for Being Catholic

The Columbus Dispatch reports that a Catholic High School fired a physical education teacher last month after it became public knowledge that she is a lesbian who lives with her partner, in direct violation of Church teachings. Sadly, the teacher, Carla Hale, reacted by suing the Diocese of Columbus under the city’s anti-discrimination law, which does not provide an exemption for religious organ... More

There Is No Pope

There is no pope. There is no pope. There is no pope. The phrase didn’t occur to me as the bell of St. Benedict’s Abbey  tolled over and over again for 10 minutes starting at 1:00 pm (8:00 pm in Rome) to mark the resignation of the Pope. The phrase occurred to me when the bell stopped tolling and the Abbey grew silent. St. Benedict’s Abbey tolled its bells as the Pope stepped down. Ther... More

Getting rid of priestly celibacy will not fix Catholic education

According to Patrick McCloskey and Joseph Claude Harris, Catholic education isn’t what it used to be. In fact, it’s experiencing a crisis The reason? Priestly celibacy. The solution? Getting rid of priestly celibacy. In an op-ed for The New York Times, McCloskey – a project director at the Center for Catholic School Effectiveness at Loyola University Chicago – and Harris –... More
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A school has been stripped of its Catholic status? Good!

Pontifical Catholic University of Peru Attending a university that actually upholds the teachings of the Catholic Church is becoming an increasingly difficult task. I wrote about my own experience in grad school a while back, but it seems that I’m not alone in my dissatisfaction with Catholic higher education. According to the Catholic News Agency, the Vatican has stripped the Pontifical Catho... More
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51 Catholic (+16 Religious) Institutions Opposing Obama/HHS Mandate

Every single bishop (all 180 who are the head of a diocese) in the United States has publicly condemned the Obama/HHS mandate. Now I’d like to begin compiling a list of Catholic (and religious) institutions who have said publicly they will fight or oppose the mandate. A few ground-rules: I’m only going to include institutions that have issued public statements online or a statement t... More

Thank God for Catholic Education

I was able to capture a little gratitude from two Catholic-school grads this week. From an interview with Peter Dans, a medical doctor, who wrote a book on Christians in the movies in his spare time: How does your Catholic education at Transfiguration School in New York’s Chinatown influence the way you take in and interact with popular culture? As you know, the term “catholic” means “univ... More

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