Stanford Study: The Most Religious Kids Do Best In School

Adolescents who practice religion regularly perform better in school than those adolescents who do not, finds a recent study performed by Dr. Ilana M. Horwitz at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education. Horwitz’s paper explores differences among the grade point averages (GPAs) of public school students based on their levels of religiosity. Horwitz bucketed the students into five […]


The Faithlessness of Public Education

In the wake of the dreadful massacre at the high school in Florida, I asked, via social media, what I thought was a question so obvious that everyone was bound to miss it, just as you do not notice the air you breathe. It was simply this. Why is no one surprised that a deranged young […]


What Does Jesus Think of Your Catholic School?

Would he see a school that lives and breathes with Catholic truth? If not, why not? This week we are observing “Catholic Schools Week.” To mark the occasion, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released this statement, with the theme, “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” So here’s something to think about: What does Jesus […]


Choosing a Catholic School Begins with Mission

What does an authentic Catholic education look like? Denise Donohue and Dan Guernsey With Catholic Schools Week upon us (Jan. 28-Feb. 3), families are invited to recommit to Catholic education and register their children for the upcoming school year. Others who are exploring Catholic schools may benefit from a new Parents Guide to understanding the […]


Why Do Some Young People Leave The Church? A New Study Investigates

By Courtney Grogan, Washington D.C., Jan 17, 2018 / 03:29 pm (CNA). A national two-year study released this week offers a look at why young people are leaving the Church as early as age 13. The study was released today by St. Mary’s Press and the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University (CARA). Of […]


We Must Be ‘Warriors’ Ready To Risk Our Lives For The Gospel

Catholics must be ready to risk their lives and reputations to defeat evil in the world, Passion of the Christ star Jim Caviezel told a gathering of Catholic college students this week. Only through the faith and Christ’s wisdom can we be saved, Caviezel said, but it will also take people who are prepared to fight, sacrifice […]


Whose School Is It?

The school, Christopher Dawson observed, plays a pivotal role in transmitting culture. Thus every despot since Napoleon has assumed control of national education. We Americans are free and so, we believe, is our educational system. But the fact that education is compulsory and largely administered by the state makes its status as a free institution tenuous. […]


The Costs of Following a “Nice” God

A new book shows the differences between the God of Christianity and the god of “nice,” who wants us to always feel good about ourselves, at all costs. In his new book God is Not Nice (Ave Maria Press), Ulrich L. Lehner—a professor of religious history and theology at Marquette University—makes the case that for […]