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Catholic schools may lose the ability to enforce dress codes, among other policies, if they “go public” and become charter schools. In this 2016 file photo, students in dress shirts and sweaters read at their desks at Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Takoma Park, Md. (OSV Newsnphoto/CNS file, Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic Standard)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Kathleen Porter-Magee
Oklahoma has approved public funding for what would be the nation’s first Catholic charter school. What could be the trade-offs in terms of autonomy and religious freedom?
Two young women sit on the grass beneath the main entrance sign to Trinity Washington University, in Washington D.C., and smile toward the camera. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Jonathan Malesic
Many Catholic colleges are facing an existential crisis. The prudent strategy is to identify what makes them distinctive and seek a niche where they can flourish.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Michael J. O’Loughlin
Calling the 6-to-3 decision handed down Thursday “more than disappointing,” the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities said that the court “ignores the more-than-apparent effects of continued racism in our society.”
Rainbow flag sticking out of a student's backpack
Eve Tushnet
Our hope is that, by the time a young person begins asking questions about their own sexual orientation, they already trust that there is a place for gay people in the Catholic Church.
Arts & CultureCatholic Book Club
James T. Keane
Roger Haight, S.J., was honored by the Catholic Theological Society of America this past weekend in Milwaukee for his contributions to academic theology and the church, a well-deserved tribute to a scholar who has endured much for his vocation as a theologian.
Politics & SocietyNews
Sean Murphy - Associated Press
A state school board in Oklahoma voted Monday to approve what would be the first publicly funded religious school in the nation, despite a warning from the state's attorney general that the decision was unconstitutional.