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Texas couple claims they were illegally turned down as foster parents because they are lesbians

4 days agoNews : The Raw Story

Two female Texas A&M University professors who say they were denied a chance to become foster parents for refugee children because they didn’t “mirror the Holy Family” have sued the federal government and a Catholic group contracted by the government to administer a refugee program....

CRISPR-Cas9 may be a double-edged sword for bacteria

A team of researchers with the Catholic University of America has found evidence that suggests a defense mechanism used by bacteria to ward off phage attacks might also be benefiting the phages. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, the group describes testing the impact of CRISPR-Cas9 on phages that infect Escherichia coli and what they found.

Lent Observers: ‘I’m ME, Not MEAT,’ Proclaims Fish in New PETA Ads

Just in time for Lent—and because Fairfield University is one of the top-ranked Catholic colleges in the country—PETA is placing ads on Fairfield buses, encouraging Catholics and all others... The post Lent Observers: ‘I’m ME, Not MEAT,’ Proclaims Fish in New PETA Ads appeared first on PETA.

University of Notre Dame Bans Abortion Pills From Its Employee Health Care Plans

Drugs or pills that may cause abortions will not be covered in the University of Notre Dame employee and student health plans, the Catholic school announced Wednesday. The move comes after the university reversed a decision late last year and allowed its health insurance plans to cover contraception, much to the disappointment of conservative Catholics. […]

Abortion Activists Vandalize Pro-Life Display, Then Brag About it on Social Media

Vandals at Bellarmine University destroyed a pro-life student group’s display Monday in Kentucky, the second act of vandalism against pro-lifers in less than two weeks. Students for Life of America told LifeNews the Catholic Students Association at Bellarmine set up a Cemetery of the Innocents display with several signs and 50 pink and blue crosses […]

Researchers trained killer whale to speak English words

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Researchers at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile trained an orca named Wikie to mimic words like "hello," "bye-bye," and other human speech sounds. John Lilly, I wish you were around to be part of this conversation. From the...Show More Summary

Vaccines not protecting farmed fish from disease

The vaccines used by commercial fish farmers are not protecting fish from disease, according to a new study. The study was compiled by researchers at the University of Waterloo, the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso and Chile's University of Valparaiso. Show More Summary

Recapping the American Catholic Historical Association Meeting: A Guest Post from Stephanie A.T. Jacobe

Stephanie A.T. JacobeStephanie A.T. Jacobe received her Ph.D. in history from American University in Washington, D.C. and also holds an M.A. in art history from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. She currently serves as...Show More Summary

Muslim Starts Six Fires at Catholic University, Including the Daycare – Says “You Guys Are Lucky I Don’t Know How to Make Bombs”

Tnuza Jamal Hassan, 19, of Minneapolis, was arrested this week after starting six to eight fires at St. Catherine University in Minneapolis. Hassan told police, “You guys are lucky that l don’t know how to build a bomb because l would...Show More Summary

In the mail: “The Tyranny of Metrics”

New from Princeton University Press and Catholic U. historian Jerry Z. Muller: Today, organizations of all kinds are ruled by the belief that the path to success is quantifying human performance, publicizing the results, and dividing up the rewards based on the numbers. Show More Summary

Catholic University In Kansas Cancels Art Exhibit Meant To Celebrate Queer Creativity

The university was responding to community complaints about exposing students to "sickness" and "evil."

Catholic University In Kansas Cancels Art Exhibit Meant To Celebrate Queer Creativity

The university was responding to community complaints about exposing students to "sickness" and "evil."

Catholic university cancels LGBTQ exhibit amid complaints

last monthReligion / Islam : On Faith

A Catholic university in Wichita canceled an exhibit intended to highlight contributions to the arts by native Kansans after it heard “community concerns” that the exhibit would expose students to “evil.”

The Tyranny Of Metrics: 'Not Everything That Is Important Is Measurable, And Much That Is Measurable Is Unimportant'

Wall Street Journal: A Cure for Our Fixation on Metrics, by Jerry Z. Muller (Catholic University; author, The Tyranny of Metrics (Princeton University Press 2018)): Measuring results is all the rage in organizations, but it is often wrongheaded and counterproductive. In recent decades, what I call “metric fixation” has engulfed...

Italian Catholic university drops researcher after signing ‘filial correction’

'They are even wiping from the [University] webpage...the record of our past activities.'

Georgetown approves LGBT-only campus housing

The university defended the move, saying 'it is in keeping with our Catholic and Jesuit values.'

Another Deaccession Uproar: La Salle University To Sell 46 Works From Its Museum

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

The Catholic university in Philadelphia, "which has struggled to plug a projected deficit in recent years, plans to sell 46 pieces of art from its prized museum collection to help fund teaching and learning initiatives in its new strategic plan, officials said Tuesday. The sale, which includes masterpieces by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Georges Rouault, and Albert […]

9 Questions with Matthew J. Cressler

I recently interviewed Matthew J. Cressler about his new book Authentically Black and Truly Catholic, published in 2017 with New York University Press. Matthew is no stranger to this blog -- he wrote regularly for RiAH for a few years -- and we are pleased to see his book in print. Show More Summary

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