Posts Tagged ‘Schools’

Aussie priest slams marriage letter going to schools Comments 4

Friday, June 26th, 2015

A Brisbane priest has hit out against the distribution to school children of a letter from Australia’s bishops arguing against same-sex marriage. The decision to publish and distribute the “Don’t Mess with Marriage” booklet in Catholic schools across Australia has angered Fr Terry Fitzpatrick. “I feel angry and disappointed, but not surprised, that the hierarchy Read more

Mandatory vaccination in schools looms in two US dioceses Comments 0

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

In two US dioceses, the parents of children attending Catholic schools are being told they must have their children vaccinated, regardless of moral qualms. But critics say such compulsion is contrary to moral advice given by a pontifical academy. The Church has moral difficulties with certain vaccines, the cell lines for which were originally derived Read more

Removal of US archbishop called for in full page ad Comments 2

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Dozens of prominent Catholics in San Francisco have taken out a full page ad in a major newspaper calling on the Pope to replace the local archbishop. The ad in the San Francisco Chronicle on April 16 stated Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has “fostered an atmosphere of division and intolerance”. More than 100 signatories to an Read more

Young leaders get ready for the Caritas Challenge Comments 0

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Over 400 sixteen to eighteen year olds recently took part in the annual Caritas: Justice Leadership Days across every diocese in New Zealand. The young people, identified by their colleges and peers as leaders, came together to find out more about Caritas and the upcoming Caritas Challenge, 4-6 April. The days focused on Caritas’s work Read more

School funding shakeup will ‘widen the gap’ – Labour Comments 0

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

The Labour Party says Education Minister Hekia Parata’s consideration of performance funding in schools could lead to the most radical shakeup of education in a generation. Ms Parata has revealed that she is looking to fund schools according to the progress their pupils made. Continue reading Related Posts:VIP farewell for Br Sir Patrick LynchCatholic schools Read more

Sharp drop in children reading Bible stories Comments 0

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

The number of children in England regularly hearing or reading Bible stories has halved in the last 20 – 30 years. The results come from a study by the Bible Society that says stories such as ‘Noah’s Ark’, ‘Adam and Eve’, and even the story of ‘Christmas’ is at risk of being lost to future Read more

Millions to quake-proof schools Comments 0

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Seismic strengthening of school buildings is underway in Wellington and Palmerston North dioceses. Catholic Schools Board executive chairperson Gary Quirke says in the next three years, CSBL  plans to spend more than $20 million strengthening and replacing buildings to make schools safer in a major earthquake. As the property manager for the proprietors of 77 schools in Read more

Christians in Gaza may have to close their schools Comments 0

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Christians in Gaza face a new threat as the Hamas government has decided to ban coeducational schools. This means the five Christian schools on the strip, two Catholic and three Protestant, may have to close — even though they serve a largely Muslim population. National Catholic Reporter correspondent John Allen points out that the distorting Read more

Catholic Church in Ireland must give up 23 primary schools Comments 0

Friday, April 5th, 2013

The Catholic Church in Ireland has been told it must divert itself of 23 primary schools across the country following a survey of parental preferences for more plurality and choice. The bishops in the 23 areas have been given six months to provide detailed proposals on how they plan to divest a school of their Read more

Wellington Archdiocese – up to 50 buildings are earthquake risks Comments 0

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

After completing a preliminary assessment of earthquake risk the Wellington Catholic archdiocese has decided to take a proactive approach and focus on upgrading all its buildings on a prioritised basis, rather than focusing on a single building at a time according to the archdiocese’s administration director Dave Mullin. The Archbishop of Wellington, John Dew, is Read more