September 16, 2016
ISSUE | SOCIAL PROTEST Ban violates rights The policy of the Diocese of Camden's Office of Catholic Schools to ban any and all protests during the playing of the national anthem at sports events is disrespectful and anti-American ("Camden diocese takes anthem stand," Tuesday). The superintendent of schools, Mary P. Boyle, notified Catholic high school administrators and coaches of the policy after NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick stirred controversy by sitting out the anthem before preseason games.
September 14, 2016
ISSUE | INTOLERANCE Hardly Jesus-like I go to Mass every week with my wife and my daughters, even though I am not Catholic. I love the lessons from the Gospels. There is usually only logic and love. The politics of today, however, is another matter, far removed from the Gospels. I smirked when I read Camden Catholic High School principal Heather Crisci's comment that refusing admission to a transgender student was "about the school's Catholic identity" ("A leap of faith: 'Hi, I'm Mason,' " Sunday)
September 12, 2016 |
Mason Catrambone's heart was set on Camden Catholic High School. But after the school learned that the Madelyn Catrambone who was accepted last February for September admission had since begun to identify as male, Camden Catholic broke Mason's heart. "They can't look past what I'm going through, and see me as a human being," says Mason, 14. "I'm not a transgender . . . entity. I'm not some diabolical plan to impose my transgender evilness on them. " I meet Mason, a bright, friendly kid with a sensational smile, at the Williamstown home he shares with his parents, Frank Catrambone Sr. and Annmarie Kita.
September 8, 2016 |
Apple Inc. has designated Ancillae-Assumpta Academy, a private Catholic school in Wyncote, a distinguished school for its extensive use of technology in instruction. The honor, which is to be announced at the Montgomery County school on Wednesday, recognizes it for integrating technology across the curriculum and using it broadly in daily life. The honor is for the period of 2016 to 2018. Apple gives the designation to schools for their innovative use of technology, leadership, and educational excellence, and for demonstrating a clear and consistent vision.
August 29, 2016
Jason P. Gosselin is an attorney in Philadelphia The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a self-described organization of "free thinkers," recently sued Lehigh County over objections to the official county seal. The foundation alleges that the seal, which has been in use since 1944, violates the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution because one of the images depicted on the seal is a cross. County officials claim the cross is not intended to promote religion but is one of several images celebrating the county's history, including the county's early Christian settlers.
May 22, 2016
On April 23, the Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute celebrated its 166th anniversary with the Philo Mercy Works Ball. Founded in 1850, the institute was known for educating immigrant children and starting Catholic schools in the region. The black-tie event was held on all three floors of the historic Stotesbury Mansion in Philadelphia. More than 165 guests enjoyed an evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, cigars, and billiards, all for a good cause. The evening raised $100,000 to benefit Mercy Vocational High School, the only Catholic Vocational High School in the country, and the Philopatrian Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships and grants to hundreds of students attending Catholic colleges and universities in the city.
April 22, 2016 |
Five students were arrested Wednesday after a handgun and drugs were found at Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School in Upper Darby, police said. The school was placed on lockdown for about two and a half hours while police searched for the gun, said Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. Around 11 a.m., a student saw a boy apparently selling marijuana to two girls at a trolley stop at Garrett Road and Lansdowne Avenue. At some point, the boy pulled a gun and threatened the girls, Chitwood said.
April 17, 2016 |
Can a song save your life? When John Carney's movie Begin Again - with Keira Knightley as a heartbroken balladeer and Mark Ruffalo as a career-in-crisis record exec - debuted at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, that was the original title. Can a Song Safe Your Life is a title that would have worked on Carney's breakthrough effort, too, the little Irish movie that could, 2007's busker romance Once . Carney just as easily could have applied the title to his latest: the buoyant, autobiographically tinged 1980s coming-of-age tale Sing Street . All three are affirmations of the power of music.
April 12, 2016
Bucks County Catholic school to close Declining enrollment and rising educational costs will result in the closing of St. Agnes-Sacred Heart School in Hilltown at the end of the school year in June, officials announced Sunday. Students are being given the option of "transitioning" to nearby Catholic schools for 2016-2017, the pastors of St. Agnes and Sacred Heart churches told parishioners. Families who do so will be paid a $1,000 subsidy per student each year if they attend any one of the surrounding schools.