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“This should not have happened”

Sacramento diocese seeks to prevent repeat of blunder that led Catholic school to include contact information for Planned Parenthood in a list of community resources for youth

The following is a May 20th letter to "all clergy, Catholic school and parish staff, and lay faithful" from Steve Patton, Associate Director, Family and Respect Life Ministries: Recently a Catholic school in our Diocese included contact information for Planned Parenthood in a list of recommended community resources for youth. This should not have happened. While it is … [Read more...]

Students at Catholic high school in San Diego protest change in dress code

Administrators at Cathedral Catholic High School ban skirts as uniform option over difficulties in enforcing rules on length; protesting students label decision sexist and patriarchal

Cathedral Catholic High School students took part in a protest Tuesday against a ban on skirts as uniform options for girls. Officials at the Carmel Valley school changed the dress code Friday for the 2019-2020 school year. CCHS said it would ban the uniform skirts, citing multiple detentions based on enforcement. Female students will have the option to wear pants, capri … [Read more...]

St. John Paul II STEM Academy will open its doors on Aug. 14

In July 2018 the LA archdiocese closed Bellarmine-Jefferson High School in Burbank due to low enrollment; it will soon re-open under new name after undergoing extensive overhaul

From the outside, the replica of Independence Hall in Burbank will not be changed.  Yet inside the walls of Bellarmine-Jefferson High School’s campus, an extensive overhaul inside is currently underway, leading up to its reopening as St. John Paul II STEM Academy on Aug. 14 with the arrival of its inaugural freshmen class.  The transformation includes new engineering and … [Read more...]

Pepperdine University donates Columbus statue to Thomas Aquinas College

Pepperdine students said statue represented white supremacy, genocide and oppression; Thomas Aquinas College says Columbus’ accomplishments merit celebration

A little over two years ago, Pepperdine University made the decision to take down a statue of Christopher Columbus after student outcry, with its president at the time calling the monument a “painful reminder” of the past. The private, Malibu-based university said it would relocate the statue to its campus in Florence, Italy. But somewhat quietly last fall, Pepperdine … [Read more...]

Bishop Barron gives commencement speech on greatness of soul

Bishop of the Santa Barbara pastoral region elaborates on Aquinas' definition of magnanimity

The following is an excerpt from the commencement speech given by Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron at Thomas Aquinas College on May 11: How could I not take as my point of orientation today some thoughts from the patron of this school? I would like to draw your attention to a fairly obscure section of St. Thomas’s Summa Theologiae, namely, question 129 of the secunda … [Read more...]

Sex-ed guidelines approved by California Board of Education

Despite protests, state board unanimously approved new guidelines for elementary school grades about sex trafficking, sexual orientation and how to support transgender students in the classroom

The California Department of Education approved controversial changes to the state’s health and sex education framework on Wednesday, but removed five resources and books that some organizations called “sexually explicit,” including a book that explains sex to students as young as kindergarten. Despite large protests, the department unanimously approved new guidelines for … [Read more...]

Rocklin school board narrowly approves LGBT-friendly curriculum

Heated debate lasted until after midnight before 3-2 vote adopting new K-5 history and social studies curriculum; opponents argued kids too young to understand

After a heated debate that went past midnight as hundreds crowded a Wednesday school board meeting, the Rocklin Unified School District school board narrowly approved a new school curriculum that includes contributions made by LGBT figures. The 3-2 decision came after hours of public comments. At 1 a.m., the district said it was set to adopt the new K-5 history and social … [Read more...]

Bishop Barron to deliver commencement at Thomas Aquinas College

The Most. Rev. Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles and founder of Word on Fire Ministries, has accepted President Michael F. McLean’s invitation to serve as Thomas Aquinas College’s 2019 commencement speaker. During the graduation ceremony, Bishop Barron will be awarded the school’s highest honor, the Saint Thomas Aquinas Medallion. “We are grateful that … [Read more...]

Teacher: Union dues used to push abortion in public schools

California teacher Rebecca Friedrichs tells national news audience that teachers' unions are forcing educators to promote abortion, offensive sex-ed programs; urges her colleagues to stop paying union dues

Teacher Rebecca Friedrichs said California’s unions are using financial dues to push a “hard left” policy of abortion in public schools, during an interview on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday. “You’ve had another guest on [referring to  who’s told you a little bit about that sex ed, forcing teachers to tell little children that at age 12 they have the right to go get an abortion … [Read more...]

People could see this coming

Parents, teachers react to closing of Star of the Sea School; some were seen leaving the front door with tears in their eyes

Star of the Sea School parents and staff expressed shock and sadness at news that the more than century-old parochial school in San Francisco’s Richmond District will temporarily close at the end of this school year. An announcement by the school and the archdiocese late in the day April 3 cited “unforeseen circumstances” stemming from the school’s transition to a classical … [Read more...]