The Magisterium of the Catholic Church, the teaching authority left by Jesus Christ to his Church and principally exercised by popes and the college of bishops, proceeds in two ways: ordinarily, the Magisterium proceeds ‘ordinarily’; extraordinarily, the Magisterium proceeds ‘extraordinarily’. Bear with me. Ex cathedra pontifical pronouncements and solemn decrees of ecumenical councils—the two great […]
Here is a superb article on Catholic education, public and private and how it’s our responsibility as parents, teachers and religious to properly catechize and evangelize our children.
It sure challenges all Catholic parents to ensure a Catholic education for their children in a Catholic school in addition to urging parish priests to help parents realize why their children need a Catholic education, and why it matters more to a child’s future than the public school. See more by clicking on the link below.
About the authors:
Theresa Farnan, PhD, is an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Mary Rice Hasson, JD, is a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where she directs the Catholic Women’s Forum.
You know, just when you think everything is gone dark on Common Core, we get this to ignite the flame. Its an interesting read, but nothing new here for folks who are familiar with the talking points from the the proponents of Common Core, such as the Gates Foundation and our very own Washington DC based National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA.org). The NCEA continue to brush aside concerns from Catholic parents and teachers by forming another organization/initiative called “Catholic Identity Curriculum Integration” which according to their website is “a collaborative partnership formed to help teachers and school leaders develop curriculum that is truly Catholic and truly rigorous”. Truly “rigorous” indeed!
The link to the article is below, but you’ll have to wait to the very end of the article to learn why Catholics are really against the Common Core.
Simply put, our Catholic mission and that of Catholic Schools is NOT the same as public or other private school systems.
The question remains as to why our Bishops and Catholic School Superintendents do not see this for what it is.
Next time your in the car driving to work, or in the gym working out, instead of listening to the same music or news station, why not listen to this excellent lecture by Father (now Bishop) Robert Barron? Spiritual food!
A fine dose of the #truth here. Please share particularly with your #priests 🙏
As the Irish NO vote dries its tears, and finishes sweeping up the fake confetti and used party poppers from the YES vote celebration parties, a new question is beginning to emerge.
What is the future for the Catholic Church in Ireland?
It is clear that the YES voters either do not agree with the Catholic Churches definition of marriage – or they simply do not know or understand it. I would say it was a mixture of both, but the failure of the Church over the last 2 generations in (and not just confined to) Ireland is indisputable now.
The cringe-worthy spinelessness of some of the Bishops and priests makes me feel like throwing myself to the lions: “EAT ME NOW! BEFORE IT GETS ANY MORE EMBARRASSING!”
Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin told the Irish Times that the referendum amounts to a social revolution and the Catholic Church needs to…
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The vast majority of primary and secondary schools are run by the Catholic Church but funded by the Government therefore it will be interesting to see how this plays out in those schools.
That 40% of Irish voters bucked some of their own priests and bishops and nearly all of their politicians and major media to side with a true-marriage campaign that mustered hardly one euro for every ten spent by its opponents says something about the resiliency of natural law and Church teaching on marriage. But, silver linings aside, the outcome of the constitutional referendum on marriage in Ireland is a disaster.
“Same-sex marriage” has usually been imposed by activist judges; in Ireland it won by popular vote. “Same-sex marriage” is often insinuated into the legal landscape by blurring distinctions between it and “same-sex unions”; in Ireland marriage itself was expressly on the line. “Same-sex marriage” in most places set in only after decades of relentless secular media promotion; in Ireland it seems to have come about almost overnight.
But as the Church now tries to figure out how, for the…
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Okay, I’m just gonna say it: THE IDEA BEHIND COMMON CORE WAS GOOD. The higher standards and nationally leveled curriculum was a good, honest idea. Teaching kids to think critically is a good idea. BUT…what Common Core REALLY became is HORRENDOUS. Here’s what I hate MOST (trust me, there’s more) about THE REALITY OF CCSS:
1. Obama and Gates and the Publishing companies made it 99% about PROFITS. Money for politicians, money for Gates, money for publishers of workbooks and test materials. Money for ADVERTISERS that paid for their BRAND NAMES to be included in the aligned materials and tests.
2. The people that actually wrote the standards were NOT educators, they were MARKETERS and RESEARCHERS with NO experience with CHILDREN’S LEARNING. All the REAL experts in education and child psychology are VEHEMENTLY and outspokenly against it.
3. They took what elementary schoolers had been doing IN THE STATES WITH…
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Are “informational texts” a gateway to promulgating propaganda in new CC books?
A fellow CC warrior shared some pages from her son’s new Common Core aligned English Language Arts book being used in a Catholic school. His assignment including using “informational texts” and “close reading” techniques to evaluate a writer’s effectiveness in making valid arguments:
The reading samples present “information” about global warming/climate change (the kind that is the fault of human beings and “toxic” CO2, not the kind that occurs naturally in God’s wondrous creation as the result of sun cycles), the glories of alternative energy juxtaposed against the evils of fossil fuels as well as commentary from the CO2 exhaling, “carbon footprint” depositing, fabricator of inconvenient lies, bloviating billionaire guru of the “green” movement, Al Gore. And, of course, the obligatory reference to…
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As we begin Holy Week, there are a few hymns that we love and therefore would like to share with our friends. The first one is the “Salve Regina” or “Hail Holy Queen” sung by the Choir of Saint Agnes in New York. This is normally recited as part of the Rosary and is a beautiful hymn. The link is here
The second one is “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” from the the Notre Dame Basilica and according to the original poster..”This was the recessional hymn for a Mass of Ordination, the week after Easter (hence the seasonal hymn)”. Very powerful and tremendous example of all that is beautiful by the risen Lord! The Link is here