Everyone deserves a Catholic education, regardless of means
Being a follower of Christ comes with great personal cost and sacrifice, and to be Catholic is to be part of a worldwide community committed to supporting each other on the journey. Helping our young people to become followers of Christ includes giving them the opportunity for a Catholic education—a mission that will require all of us to come together and solve the issue of price.
Many Catholics, if tempted against the Faith, have no better answer than “To whom shall we go?” Peter is Peter, whatever else he might be. And nothing can prevail against the Church, not even the mistakes of a pope.
Our Catholic schools are uniquely positioned to impart true education - an education that encompasses both the intellect and morality - at a time when the rest of the world relies on relativity and you doing "you" instead of what's right.
Teachers, we need you to be imitators of Christ. Be the prototype for your students to follow all the way to Christ Himself.
If a given predator or enabler is “on side” for either conservatives or liberals, he will find defenders and protectors for as long as events and revelations permit.
The Eucharist has too often be used by prelates not to offer the sacrifice of Christ but to thank the various important members of society who have appeared at this Mass, turning the Eucharist into an idol of power. That may be how Washington DC functions, but it is not how the Church should live out her vocation in the world.
there are such things as intrinsically evil acts, and that sexual abuse is among them. This is a useful doctrine, as well as a true one.
It is hard to guess where this effort is headed, but it will not be as easy for the religious left to make use of Pope Francis’s interventions as it was for the religious right to make use of the two previous pontificates in advancing their agenda. This is partly because the left tends to be more secular than the right, but it’s also because of the significant differences between the progressivism of Pope Francis and contemporary American progressivism.
Our age is so shallow.
Our priests are not wizards with power to conjure the divine; they are God’s imperfect servants. We must not be rigorists like the Donatists, insisting on spotless ministers of the Lord. If we were, we’d be waiting a long time for valid sacraments.
I would like to add that a cloud of witnesses, including the three laypeople noted here, give us hope.
In far too many cases an office that once bestrode entire cities now belongs to invisible company men, embarrassed phantoms materializing via videotape for the annual appeal.
Thus the great irony of the McCarrick moment — that the kind of crimes once covered up because of the power and influence of bishops might now be swept under quickly because of the episcopacy’s obscurity and irrelevance.
McCarrick's wickedness cannot be appreciated in isolation. It is one of thousands of cases of evil men betraying their vows and violating the most basic tenets of morality, aided and abetted by a vicious alliance of so-called conservatives who thought that the problem would take care of itself and who cared more about bad publicity than about the souls of the young
Colette said that it was at first her will and then her hate that kept her alive. She had never hated anybody before. She learned to hate the Germans because what they had carefully organized and what she lived in, as part of a planned political program, made them different from all other modern peoples and isolated them from civilization.
It’s important to consider the trajectory of teachers beyond Year 1 and how induction can be better designed to support novices throughout the formative years of their career. A multiyear model like the one we have in Robbinsville can begin to address novices’ needs and help us retain confident, competent educators who contribute to the profession.
made me question what I’m doing to help care for our parish priests.
More affluent families, especially in the South, are increasingly sending their children to non-religious private schools, while their low- and middle-income peers are more likely to choose some form of parochial education.
I found great comfort as one student after another shared with me what I would paraphrase as, “Father, I needed to travel through the forest of doubt in order to emerge into the clearing of truth.” Teaching about faith sometimes means allowing them some freedom to work with what is not true, in the hope that, with help, they will ultimately embrace the truth of our faith.
a single campaign soon became the Klan’s Oregon priority: getting rid of Catholic schools through a constitutional amendment. This was also a top item on the national Klan agenda, and similar bills were proposed in California, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington, and Alberta, Canada.
Great article. I have zero faith in either party to hold itself to a fair standard.
Hope has been a constant subtheme of MacIntyre’s work, not specifically as a theological virtue, but as a disposition undergirding the political agency of plain persons.
problems arise when the clerical culture is infected by the spirit of clericalism – the idea that its members are an elite group within the Church enjoying special privileges and immunities. The situation becomes even worse when secrecy combines with elitism as part of the mix, as so often happens.
People silently struggle from all kinds of terrible things. They suffer from depression, ambition, substance abuse, and pretension. They suffer from family tragedy, Ivy-League educations, and self-loathing. They suffer from failing marriages, physical pain, and publishing. The good thing about politeness is that you can treat these people exactly the same. And then wait to see what happens. You don’t have to have an opinion. You don’t need to make a judgment. I know that doesn’t sound like liberation, because we live and work in an opinion-based economy. But it is. Not having an opinion means not having an obligation.
For some people, contemplating the possibility of the thylacine’s survival seems to make the world feel bigger and wilder and more unpredictable, and humans smaller and less significant. On a planet reeling from the alarming consequences of human activity, it’s comforting to think that our mistakes may not be final, that nature is not wholly stripped of its capacity for surprise. “It puts us in our place a little bit,” a mainland searcher named David Dickinson told me. “We’re not all-knowing.”
Putting a man like Donald Trump in the presidency gave oxygen to these elements or, to mix our metaphors, pushed the undercurrents that have always been there much closer to the surface. What people failed to realize is that a thing like Donald Trump's presidency Trump doesn't just bring out the white nationalists. It brings out the radicals in response. It opens the box for everyone.
that makes it incumbent on everyone else in the “everyone knows” orbit — meaning not just journalists covering Catholicism, but bishops and priests and church officials who are tired of being tacitly compromised themselves, as so many people around McCarrick must have been — to make it as easy as possible for these stories to be told. And without worrying, either, about whether the stories make either side of Catholicism’s civil war look good (McCarrick was a famous liberal, but the next case might be a conservative), or what the revelations mean for debates about gay men in the priesthood or priestly celibacy or anything else.
The first thing is the truth. And the way out of purgatory is through.
Although many Catholic schools are closing due to lack of enrollment, the answer is not to become less Catholic to attract more students.
Schumer’s opposition to a legislative fix means there likely won’t be a quick end to the emotional images of immigrant children being separated from their families unless Trump backs down and reverses his “zero tolerance” policy.
Once the simulation got underway, Jaffe explicitly corrected guards who weren’t acting tough enough, fostering exactly the pathological behavior that Zimbardo would later claim had arisen organically.
the city now requires all students to take math courses of equal rigor through geometry, in classrooms that are no longer segregated by ability.
That means no "honors" classes. No gifted track. No weighted GPAs until later in high school. No 8th grade Algebra 1.
Tyre points out, the fundamentals-first instructional model on which New Dorp based its program "would not be unfamiliar to nuns who taught in Catholic schools circa 1950."
some scientists have begun to ask whether we can put some of that carbon back into the soil and into living ecosystems, like grasslands and forests. This notion, known as carbon farming, has gained traction as it becomes clear that simply reducing emissions will not sufficiently limit global warming.