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‘Rhode Island’s Most Notorious Abortionist’ to Speak at Providence College
‘Rhode Island’s Most Notorious Abortionist’ to Speak at Providence College
February 11, 2016

Providence College, a Catholic Dominican institution in Rhode Island, is scheduled to host a political panel discussion Thursday night featuring a former Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island medical director who is “Rhode Island’s most notorious abortionist” according to a local pro-life leader.

The College’s Political Science Department is hosting the event on campus titled “The History of Latino Political Empowerment in Rhode Island.” Dr. Pablo Rodriguez was invited to speak as co-founder of the Rhode Island Political Action Committee (RIPLAC), an organization created “in the late 1990s to improve Latino lives through the electoral process.” The event is open to the public and “all members of the Providence College community as well as local high school and college students are invited to attend.” Read more...



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Catholic Schools Richly Benefit From Faithful Witness of Priests and Religious on Staff

By Kimberly Scharfenberger | February 11

Catholic Schools Richly Benefit From Faithful Witness of Priests and Religious on Staff
Priests and religious who work in Catholic schools play an integral role in Catholic education by witnessing to students the fullness of lives dedicated to Christ, and several religious educators told The Cardinal Newman Society that although fewer schools today are able to hire priests and religious, their vocational witness is crucial to the future of the Church.

“As spiritual mothers and fathers, priests and religious bring a unique dimension to the apostolate of Catholic education,” said Sister Maria Faustina Showalter, O.P., of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. “Just the witness of their lives, profoundly dedicated to the Lord, is a wonderful example to children and students.” Read more...

Athletic Directors: Catholic School Sports, Students Harmed by Policies Embracing Gender Ideology

By Adam Cassandra | February 10

Athletic Directors: Catholic School Sports, Students Harmed by Policies Embracing Gender Ideology
Catholic high school sports programs are not simply intended to allow students to achieve success on the field, they are an important part of the mission of Catholic schools to form students in the faith, according to athletic directors at faithful Catholic high schools, and compromising these programs by embracing gender ideology policies that are contrary to Church teaching will bring harm to both Catholic school sports and to students.

As The Cardinal Newman Society reported last month, the Catholic schools and bishops in Nebraska are challenging a state athletic association policy allowing high school students to play sports based on their gender identity. Catholic schools in other states have faced similar policy disputes with state athletic associations. And “every single diocesan school across the country will eventually be confronted with new guidelines allowing student athletes to compete according to gender identity,” Patrick Storey, athletic director at Holy Family Academy in Manassas, Va., an Honor Roll School of Excellence, told the Newman Society. Read more...

La Salle Univ. Students Approve of Gender-Neutral Housing in Online Ballot

By Adam Cassandra | February 10

La Salle Univ. Students Approve of Gender-Neutral Housing in Online Ballot
Over 79 percent of the students at La Salle University in Philadelphia who voted in a student government ballot initiative want the University to enact a gender-neutral housing policy for campus townhouses according to the referendum results published by the La Salle Students’ Government Association (SGA) on Monday.

As The Cardinal Newman Society previously reported, an SGA referendum on “Should a gender neutral housing policy be enacted in the townhouses?” was opened up to students for online voting from January 25 until February 5. Under the proposal, male and female students could live together under the same roof, but, “Restrictions would include having the double room being single gender and the bathrooms having designated genders.” Read more...

Faithful Catholic Colleges Find New Ways to Tackle Marriage Crisis

By Justin Petrisek | February 10

Faithful Catholic Colleges Find New Ways to Tackle Marriage Crisis
Striving to help their students prepare for healthy and strong marriages, faithful Catholic colleges are making a concerted effort to find ways in which they can integrate Church teaching on marriage and family into the lives of their students, representatives from several Newman Guide-recommended colleges told The Cardinal Newman Society during National Marriage Week.

National Marriage Week, which began on February 7 and is being celebrated through February 14, is a collaborative campaign sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Bishops “to strengthen individual marriages, reduce the divorce rate, and build a stronger marriage culture,” according to its website.

“It is more important than ever that Catholic colleges teach our young people the truth and beauty of the Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage, not only for the salvation of their souls but for the sake of the well-being of our country and the health of our culture,” Anne Forsyth, director of college relations at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., told the Newman Society. Read more...

Students at Faithful Catholic Colleges Encouraged to Participate in Lenten Devotions

By Kimberly Scharfenberger | February 9

Students at Faithful Catholic Colleges Encouraged to Participate in Lenten Devotions
The liturgical season of Lent begins this week on February 10, and recognizing the opportunity to help form students in the faith and grow closer to Jesus, colleges and universities recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College have taken an active role in urging their students and communities to engage in the Lenten season by providing opportunities for spiritual reading, retreats, prayer and devotion.

At Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., Stations of the Cross and communal praying of the Divine Mercy Chaplet are held every Friday during Lent. Additionally, the chaplaincy office is currently holding meetings to urge students to participate in the Liturgy of the Hours. Read more...
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