A canon law petition backed by the author of The Exorcist that challenges Georgetown University's behavior as a Catholic institution has been submitted to Pope Francis.
More than 2,000 Catholics signed the petition submitted by William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist and the Academy Award-winning screenplay based on the novel, according to a press release. Blatty graduated from Georgetown, which is located in Washington D.C., in 1950.
The petition says the university has failed to fully comply with church law for more than 20 years by not implementing Ex corde Ecclessiae, a papal constitution instituted by Pope John Paul II for Catholic universities. It also claims this failure has led to "deviations from authentic doctrinal and moral teachings" and "a long series of Scandals to the faithful through actions inconsistent with a Catholic identity," among other accusations. more >>
A school district in Ohio has reached a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union to keep a portrait of Jesus Christ off school property and pay a $95,000 fine.
Jackson City School District agreed to the settlement Friday in response to legal action being pushed by the ACLU and the Wisconsin-based group the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
Baltimore teacher Jeff Slattery struggles with fear every day. He literally has to force himself out the door as he heads to his classroom. In December 2010 at Baltimore Community High School Slattery stopped a student without a hall pass. The student got physical. Slattery let him go.
"He walked down the hallway, I turned around and went back to my classroom and he came up from behind me and once I was on the ground, he's basically standing on top of me. He struck me multiple times. When my jaw broke, I went unconscious and I don't remember anything after that." The Social Studies teacher later learned it took four teachers to pull the student off him. Slattery's broken jaw was wired shut for weeks.
Slattery's assault by a student was just one of seven hundred that school year in Baltimore City Public Schools where its own data shows an average of four school personnel were assaulted each day in 2010. That average has held true through the past five school years with a total of nearly four thousand assaults by students on personnel -- with increases in the last two years. Baltimore is one of the relatively few systems that have regular reports on such incidents. more >>
Liberty University was able to spread the gospel to 2.4 million people from the '10/40 window,' known as the area that lies 10 and 40 degrees north of the world's equator, through their partnership with Global Media Outreach (GMO), an evangelistic outreach ministry.
Michelle Diedrich, chief marketing officer for GMO said the initiative to spread the gospel online also gave students the ability to become online missionaries as they were able to respond to the new believers while following up with them after making the decision to commit their lives to Christ.
"Liberty's sponsorship was originally intended to reach at least a million people in one day with the gospel but because of the growing cost effectiveness of online missions, we were actually able to hit a high of 2.4 million gospel presentations in one day, a one day milestone for both GMO and Liberty," Diedrich said. more >>
Whether you just entered the working world or you're multiple rungs up a ladder, career climbs today are steeper and falls are harder. As the head of a college that prepares (and repairs) men and women for that world, I have a little counsel for you from a legend who stepped into the work landscape and proceeded to rewrite the map all the way across.
That man is R.G. LeTourneau, and you have over him that he stepped into a difficult economy with pretty much no preparation. For most of his life, he called himself "a mechanic the Lord blessed," and that's where the understatement begins. The thing is that R.G. LeTourneau knew how to learn; as an inventor and innovator, he changed what's possible in our world by completely upending how earthmovers are made and the very things a machine can accomplish. As a philanthropist, he put new lenses on how Christians look at careers-and built what is now LeTourneau University, a most practical place to see spiritual gifts blur into marketplace skills.
If you're a professional looking for a model, here he is; for a Christian to emulate, you're still in the right place. And if you're in the market for some savvy career advice, read on: more >>
Jason Morgan, a University of Wisconsin-Madison student earning his doctorate there, has told his supervisor he objects to the school's mandated diversity training for teaching assistants (TAs) because leaders of the first session he attended essentially called him – and the whole class – racist.
What's more, the next session – on how to support transgender students – is something Morgan said he cannot support, as it runs in direct contradiction to his religious beliefs.
The letter, sent by email Sept. 22, states all new TAs in the university's history department are required to attend one orientation session, two training sessions, and two diversity sessions. Morgan, in his letter, called the first of the two diversity sessions, held Friday, "an avalanche of insinuations, outright accusations, and suffocating political indoctrination (or, as some of the worksheets revealingly put it, 're-education') entirely unbecoming a university of our stature." more >>