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March 10, 2022

 

"We live in the Age of the Expert. There are reasons for that. We mostly work for big organizations now, and all aspects of our lives depend on them. Big organizations have their own way of doing things: explicit rules, formalized procedures, extreme division of labor, and so on. That means an emphasis on specialized formal qualifications. The organization is a big machine, and we are its components. From pre-K through postgrad that’s how we are trained. The training sinks in, and eventually defines how we see the world. It results in a general sense that everything requires special qualifications. Older people today say younger people lack everyday skills, but the problem is far deeper. The most basic human activities are now thought beyond the capacity of ordinary people."

"Experts, the World, and the Church" by James Kalb at Catholic World Report

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February 17, 2022

"The front lines of culture building are in the family, the parish community, and the school. This began to move me to think, 'What is needed to be done to shape the imagination for what’s possible? Where do we develop in the minds of young people a vision for social health and well-being, an idea of what a well-ordered society is?'"

"Exploring an Alternate Option for Education" with Fr. Daniel O'Mullane and Douglas Minson of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy on From the Kitchen Table with Sean Duffy and Rachel Campos Duffy

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March 3, 2022

 

“Our founding fathers guaranteed religious liberty at the very beginning of the Bill of Rights,” said Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita. “That’s no coincidence. Religious liberty is America’s first freedom. Here in Indiana, I will do everything in my power to protect this liberty for Hoosiers.”

"In Making an Idol of Physical Safety, Catholic Schools are Failing" by Alexandra Sullivan at Crisis Magazine

"Indiana's Attorney General Defends Catholic School's Right to Fire Teacher in Same-Sex Marriage" by Rhett Baxley at Tristate Homepage and Catholic Culture

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February 10, 2022

"There is this stultifying overcomplicated approach to literature that happens. It reinforces the narcissistic impulse. So many students are given a text and the assumption is they can only be given a text about something they already know and appreciate so we’ve already clipped out anything beyond their own cultural experiences on the idea that it’s gotta be relevant. And relevant means it’s just a tale of a teenager in modern America so it’s a limited scope. You add to that, ‘Well now Johnny, what do you think of this book? What are your feelings about this book?’ The child is trapped back on the self again and again—the lure of the self…. A person who has been conditioned to do that all the time is not someone you want to spend a lot of time with. We’re forming young narcissists."

"Christ Centered Education" with Dr. Mark Newcomb on Anchored by Classic Learning Test

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February 24, 2022

"Over the past two years, our society has created an idol out of physical health and safety, protecting them at all costs. But Jesus tells us Himself: “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both body and soul in hell” (Matthew 10:28). He reminds us that there are things far worse than illness and bodily suffering—like separation from God. Sadly, many of our Catholic schools have not been immune to society’s idolatry, as demonstrated by the strict Covid policies in many schools, and it will destroy the faith of our Catholic school children if we don’t remedy the situation."

"In Making an Idol of Physical Safety, Catholic Schools are Failing" by Alexandra Sullivan at Crisis Magazine

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February 3, 2022

"If we wish to see Catholicism flourish in the future, then our schools have to be our number one investment priority. With the collapse of religious sensibilities in America and in the Church herself, the children in these schools are our best hope of reversing the 'greying' of the Catholic faithful." 

"Transforming Catholic Schools" by David G Bonagura, Jr. at The Catholic Thing