Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on.
Hey, Iâ€™m pretty depressed about Mitt and Newt leading the pack. So letâ€™s talk about the #2 slot. A lot of conservatives say it would be great to have a conservative Latino as the GOP VP candidate. So Marco Rubio, right? Well, Bill McGurn of the Wall Street Journal notes thereâ€™s actually a... More
I began writing about current Catholic news when I was still studying theology in graduate school. That means I approached the controversies of the day through an academic lens. One day in class I’d be looking at the Pelagian heresy and St. Augustine’s efforts to eradicate it, and later that day I’d be blogging about a controversy over a Catholic hospital performing sterilization... More
You can’t make this up — a liberal anti-Catholic professor complaining that a Catholic educationalÂ institutionÂ features Catholic symbols of faith — and our government duly investigating the frivolous complaint:
The Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights confirmed that it is investigating allegations that Catholic University violated the human rights of Muslim students by not... More
I blush to disclose that the Cardinal Newman Society, hot on the trail of Catholic identity at Catholic colleges in advance of November’s U.S. bishops meeting, is promoting my employer, Benedictine College, as a model in this regard.
This morning, the D.C.-area organization sent a notice quoting Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., telling presidents of U.S. Catholic colleges and univers... More
I’ve written before that I think a return to mandatory meatless Fridays is a great idea.
The Catholic Church of England and Wales has officially returned to the practice:
The practice of abstaining from eating meat on Fridays has returned to the Catholic Church in England and Wales after an absence of 27 years.
… â€śOver the past 20 to 30 years weâ€™ve perhaps lost touch with some of ... More
UPDATE: So many of you are enthusiastic about the school’s decision that many have asked how they can contribute to the school financially. Look to the lower-left hand side of the parish’s homepage for a PayPal donation button. I’d suggest adding a memo such as “In Support of Your Catholic Mission!”
Last week Bishop Dimarzio of Brooklyn, NY –who has beenÂ ou... More
Back when I went to the Catholic University of America, Conaty Hall was the all-women’s dorm — therefore known as “The Virgin Vault.” Now, it will be more like the campus.
Going into his second year as president, CUA’s John Garvey is moving to make it a single-sex-dormed campus.
I know it’s countercultural. More than 90% of college housing is now co-... More
Are Catholic hospitals like the religion-free "Sacred Heart Hospital" on â€śScrubsâ€ť?
The Catholic identity confusion in higher education led to Ex Corde Ecclesiae â€¦ which sowed the seeds of todayâ€™s (still early) springtime in Catholic colleges.
Here are 10 reasons why, today, thinkers like these are so focused on health care as the next big Catholic identity battle.
10. Errant Cath... More
The Cardinal Newman Society and Students for Life, among others, are encouraging the Jesuit Seattle University to sever its ties with Planned Parenthood. On a Catholic campus, this should be a no-brainer, to say the least.
Of course, when I went to the school’s website, the first thing I saw was a picture of legal abortion supporter, Washington senator Patty Murray.
As we urge Congress to d... More
In America, we’ve become accustomed to the idea that the rainbow is a symbol for “gay pride.”
In Europe and other places, however, the rainbow symbolizes peace. This Christmas, when we celebrate the peace that Christ brings to the world, let’s begin to take back the rainbow.
Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse has already started:
An activist fighting for traditional marriage in Cal... More