Between Sports and the Party: When Teaching the Faith Feels Like Babysitting

From Patheos A fired-up catechist shares successful lessons with a frustrated volunteer. By Christian LeBlanc, March 14, 2014 Editor’s Note: A Patheos reader recently emailed us with a heartfelt expression of frustration: seven months into teaching the Catholic faith to third graders, and facing the disinterest of the children and the lack of parental commitment, […]


Raising Religious & Moral Standards for Catholic High School Students

From Catholic Culture As a theology teacher at a Catholic high school, I’m deluged by the theories of “learning specialists,” educational psychologists, and catechetical gurus about the way teenagers learn about religion. By and large these theories treat the teenage mind and personality as an enigma, an elusive mystery that the enlightened among us may […]

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New Poll Points to Crisis of Faith

From Catholic Culture A new survey of Catholics, conducted by the Spanish-language Univision network, has shown sharp differences among self-identified Catholics, and widespread dissent from Church teachings. The poll showed that Catholics in developing countries were more likely than their European and American counterparts to accept Church teachings on controversial issues such as homosexuality and […]


Searching For An Authentic Catholic High School

From National Catholic Register I have been looking at different Catholic high schools for my 8th grader. So we went on the tours and she “shadowed” (which is to say, attended for a day) at several schools and I met many people in the administration. I have to say, that as someone who is concerned about […]

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Minnesota School Finds Success in Catholic Identity

From Cardinal Newman Society Saint Agnes School hasn’t been exempt from challenges in its 125-year history, but the journey has made the Catholic school that much stronger. This year’s Catholic Schools Week is especially joyous for Saint Agnes—the coed, K-12 school in St. Paul, Minn., marked the feast of its patron, St. Agnes, last Tuesday […]


Catholic School Parents Organize to Oppose Common Core Standards

From Breibart News Catholic schools have long produced graduates who show higher levels of achievement on standardized assessments than those from public schools. Yet, 100 Catholic dioceses embraced the Common Core standards based on the promise that they would provide a “rigorous” foundation for instruction that is “internationally benchmarked” and “research and evidence-based.” More Catholic […]


Wisconsin Catholic Schools Reject Common Core

From Daily Caller Catholic schools all over the state of Wisconsin have decided to keep away from Common Core, the national education standards. The Diocese of Superior, Wisconsin recently announced that its 15 elementary and middle schools would choose not to implement the new national curriculum. Bishop William Christensen’s decision follows that of several other […]


Cardinal Newman Society Calls for ‘Catholic Core,’ Not Common Core, in Education

From Beitbart On December 20th, the Cardinal Newman Society issued the following statement regarding the quick adoption of Common Core by some Catholic educators, despite the fact that the new standards have been largely untested: We have grave concerns. This school reform effort is nothing short of a revolution in how education is provided, relying […]


Catholic Schools Remove Common Core Books for First-Graders Celebrating Same-Sex Parents

From Cardinal Newman Society An initiative to promote the controversial Common Core State Standards in Catholic schools, led by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), has amended a first-grade unit plan to remove three books celebrating families headed by same-sex or divorced couples. The Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative (CCCII) removed The Family Book by […]


Pope Francis Makes First Major Statements on Catholic Education

From Cardinal Newman Society Calling for schools and universities committed to catechesis and evangelization, Pope Francis makes his first significant statements as Pope regarding Catholic education in Evangelii Gaudium, his apostolic exhortation released Sunday. With significance for the work of The Cardinal Newman Society to promote and defend faithful Catholic schools and colleges, Pope Francis […]