Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles said June 16 that his recent virtual message to 2020 graduates — posted on YouTube and shared on social media — is “a sign of these unusual times” amid the coronavirus.
More than 100 Catholic elementary and secondary schools nationwide are expected to close by the fall, largely because of financial challenges resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic recession.
The turmoil on the streets in cities across the U.S. in reaction to the killing of George Floyd, an African-American man, at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis is reminding many older Americans of the unrest that took place at the height of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s.
The Diocese of Brooklyn is marking June 4 as the start of “Thanksgiving in June,” a celebration of the success of the diocese’s religious education program.
Students and teachers in Catholic high schools around the Diocese of Brooklyn adapted well to the switch to online education, made necessary by the coronavirus pandemic, according to school officials.
In oral arguments May 11, the Supreme Court examined, and seemed divided about, laws governing church and state in its look at two California Catholic schoolteacher firings where the teachers claimed they had been victims of job discrimination.
Education leaders imagining how Catholic schools will safely reopen this fall agree on two things: different decisions will be made according to locations and reopening plans may change on short notice.
Catholic schools around the United States are retooling for an uncertain future after the coronavirus pandemic. Many schools have earned praise for their rapid transitions to online learning and creative outreach to families, but others have suffered financial death blows and announced that they will not reopen in the fall.
Futures in Education has started an emergency relief fund to offer financial help for unemployed parents who suddenly find themselves struggling to pay their child’s tuition.
President Donald Trump identified himself as the “best [president] in the history of the Catholic Church” in a conference call for Catholic leaders and educators April 25, where he warned that issues at stake in the upcoming presidential election, particularly on abortion and religious liberty, “have never been more important for the Church.”