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Newman Society Statement on Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md.
Newman Society Statement on Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md.
February 12, 2016

As recently as last year, The Cardinal Newman Society enthusiastically recommended Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. (“the Mount”), in our Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College for its strong Catholic identity. We have repeatedly, and very recently, reported on outstanding teaching and practices at the Mount. Nevertheless, we are carefully observing the developments described in recent media reports (including the selection linked at the bottom of this statement), and we find these to be disappointing and even disturbing. Certain facts seem clear, while other troubling claims are unsubstantiated but repeated by several individuals. We invite Catholics to pray for a good outcome.

The Cardinal Newman Society is currently engaged in our standard annual review of Newman Guide colleges for the next edition of the Guide. Our attention to the Mount is heightened due to the leadership transition (now including not only President Simon Newman, who is less than a year into his position, but also the provost and liberal arts dean) and the recent concerns. Adding to our dismay about information coming from media reports and our own private communications with individuals associated with the University, the Mount has declined thus far to provide the required annual information needed for recommendation in The Newman Guide. Read more...



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Immoral V-Monologue Performances Continue at Catholic Colleges

By Kimberly Scharfenberger | February 12

Immoral V-Monologue Performances Continue at Catholic Colleges
For at least eight Catholic colleges and universities, the beginning of this year’s Lenten season coincides with annual performances of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues,” a lewd play that glorifies immorality and has been denounced by bishops for its disturbing and degrading depictions of human sexuality. 

The number of performances of the play on Catholic campuses was at its highest in 2003, with 32 reported performances, but since then the numbers have steadily decreased. The Cardinal Newman Society has consistently decried the play for its reductionist view of sexuality and has urged Catholic colleges to consider alternative events to address the serious issues of women’s dignity and violence against women. 

The college performances are associated with V-Day, “a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.” Read more...

‘Rhode Island’s Most Notorious Abortionist’ to Speak at Providence College

By Adam Cassandra | February 11

‘Rhode Island’s Most Notorious Abortionist’ to Speak at Providence College
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...

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...
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