If you know what “lavatory” means then you already know where this is going!

By Matt C. Abbott

As National Catholic Sisters Week (March 8–14) comes to a close, I offer the following short memoir, written by Kenneth M. Weinig for the current issue of The Remnant Catholic newspaper. Thanks to Michael J. Matt, editor of The Remnant, for giving me permission to publish Mr. Weinig’s touching story in this column. Click here to visit the newspaper’s website.

Thank you, Sister Mary St. Roger!

By Kenneth M. Weinig

My first grade in public school had been rather boring, but I loved the weekly Catechism classes in my parish conducted by a smiling nun who put colored stars next to every question in the Baltimore Catechism I got right, which were many, thanks to the motivation by my Catholic grandmother, who lived with us, and by my Protestant mother, too. Wouldn’t it be wonderful, I had thought, to have such a wonderful teacher like this every day!

In September of 1950, my wish came true: I was overjoyed to enter the second grade at Our Lady of Loreto School in Hempstead, N.Y. My teacher was Sister Mary St. Roger, a cautious smiler. An early reader – thanks also to my mother – I expected to be placed in the Bluebirds, the highest group, but I was disappointed to be seated with the Robins. Oh, well, at least I wasn’t with the dumb Canaries. Later, I learned that mom had conferred with Sister, and they had agreed to give me a conservative placement, since I had come from a public school; better to promote than demote. Soon, I proved worthy of Bluebird membership but was glad they didn’t group for mathematics! As I write this, I am looking up at a shelf on which sits a small, blue ceramic lamb, given to me by Sister for winning a class spelling bee.

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Editor’s note: A Catholic school system without these dedicated sisters and the Catholic culture they lived, breathed and constantly promoted, by their every word and deed, is just another private school with a religious ed curriculum “tacked -on”.

It’s also important to note that many of the teaching sisters routinely managed class sizes of fifty children or more.

The pre-Vatican II Catholic school system was a constantly visible, beautiful sign of God’s grace, in action. As such, it fit in very well with the Catholic parishes of the time.

Of course, it wasn’t perfect. But it was close!

Other Self-Absorbed Promethean Neopelagians seem to agree!  What say you?

Congressmen Edward Markey and Michael Capuano nixed by local bishop due to their pro abortion voting records

Pope John XXIII High School has had to cancel its largest and most prestigious fund-raising program of the year because the two congressmen, who were to be honored at the affair, support public positions that in the eyes of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are “inconsistent with church doctrine”.

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Editor’s note: Forget the dis-invitations and let’s begin the excommunications!

Iowa homosexuals go too far, Bishop says “no”.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Overruling school officials, a Catholic bishop in Iowa said Monday he would not let a group that promotes equal rights for gays and lesbians present a college scholarship to an openly gay student during an upcoming award ceremony.

Bishop Martin Amos in Davenport said the Eychaner Foundation would not be allowed to present the Matthew Shepard Scholarship to Keaton Fuller during the May 20 ceremony at Prince of Peace Catholic School in Clinton, saying the group’s support for gay rights conflicts with church doctrine.

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Editor’s note: Thank God for good bishops! The school officials ought to be fired. Maybe VP Joe Biden can set up something special for the sodomites and their charitable foundation.

Baltimore Catholic School to dedicate new Bill and Camille Cosby Community Center.

A historic Baltimore Catholic school will name its community center in honor of Bill and Camille Cosby, the biggest donors in the school’s 184-year history and fierce champions of education, the school announced Friday.

St. Frances Academy, which serves 162 primarily low-income high school students, will host the comedian, his wife and their relatives in a ceremony at the St. Frances Community Center on April 20.

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What happens when a Jewish mom sends her daughter to a Catholic school?

“So what did you have for lunch today?” I asked my daughter the other day. She has started a new school this year, one that provides lunches and snacks.

“I made myself a ham sandwich,” she answered proudly. “I love ham.”

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Advanced mathematics: Common denominator between Catholic students and Muslim teacher.

Khadija Ali, a Muslim,  is a math teacher at Holy Family Cathedral School.

In 2002, when she interviewed for the job at Holy Family, Ali came qualified. She had 26 years of experience, and had been nominated Teacher of the Year in her previous job, at John Muir Middle School in Los Angeles.

Principal Harlow says Ali was exactly what she was looking for.

But she also knew Sept. 11 was still fresh on the minds of every American, and that she had to consider the possibility that some parents wouldn’t like the idea of entrusting the best minds at the school to a Muslim teacher.

“I had some concerns,” Harlow says.

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“In 1997 I co-founded and con-celebrated a feminist inclusive Eucharist with 12 other women and hundreds of witnesses …”

Students at a Catholic prep school for girls in San Francisco were encouraged to view parts of a film sympathetic to the ordination of women and a ‘womanpriest’ was invited to discuss it with students, the campus newspaper reported earlier this month.

Victoria Rue is also an open lesbian and homosexual activist. “In 1990 my partner Kathryn Poethig and I celebrated a ceremony of commitment with our families and friends,” says her website. “…Through the years we have worked for a more body positive theology, as well as the inclusion and ordination of lesbian and gay people in both the Protestant and Catholic churches.”

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