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A cartoon depicts a row of hands holding different tools, including a hammer, a drill and a screwdriver.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Emery KoenigMichael J. Naughton
The kind of diversity sought after at a hospital, an engineering firm or a Catholic university should differ according to the gifts necessary for the mission of such institutions.
FaithLast Take
Timothy Michael Dolan
To provide quality formation—human, academic, spiritual and pastoral—to our future priests is a sacred duty. We would be able to do this better if we had fewer seminaries, all of them excellent ones.
Maggie Phillips
Schools face changing realities, including geographic population shifts, questions about affordability and a generation of parents who are less likely to participate in Catholic life than their parents or grandparents were.
Suzanne Krumpelman, counselor at St. Joseph School in Fayetteville, Ark., reads to first graders about friendship Feb. 9, 2022, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Catholic mental health professionals and diocesan officials, young people face considerable mental health challenges -- and the adults in their lives need to listen. (OSV News photo/CNS file, Travis McAfee, Arkansas Catholic)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
America Staff
Catholic schools have endured a whipsaw from the Covid-19 pandemic in recent years.
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.