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Author Explains New Sacred Music Book, Importance for Catholic Education
10/30/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society recently conducted an interview with Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, professor of theology and philosophy at Wyoming Catholic College, about his new book of sacred music compositions and its implications for Catholic education and the Church at large.


Marquette Offering ‘LGBTQ and allied community’ Masses Throughout Academic Year
10/30/2014
Marquette University held its first “LGBTQ and allied community Mass” of the 2014-15 academic year on campus on October 22, according to the University event page. A group of alumni is questioning whether Catholic teaching on sexual morality will be shared at the Masses.


College of St. Mary Magdalen Extends Free Room and Board Offer to 2015
10/30/2014
The College of Saint Mary Magdalen, in Warner, N.H., recently announced that it will extend its “Free Room and Board Initiative” to students enrolling in 2015. The Initiative, which began in April 2014, grants free room and board to freshman and transfer students.


Aquinas College ‘Furthers Catholic Mission’ with Dedication of New Adoration Chapel
10/30/2014
Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn., opened its new Adoration Chapel with a dedication and blessing on October 22, the College announced. The Cardinal Newman Society interviewed Sister Mary Sarah, president of Aquinas, about the importance of the new chapel for the College.


Georgetown Univ. Celebrates ‘LGBTQ History Month’ with ‘OUTober’
10/29/2014
Georgetown University’s LGBTQ Resource Center and GU Pride are currently holding “OUTober,” an ongoing event celebrating “LGBTQ History Month,” according to The Hoya. This year’s OUTober featured a “coming out day” and a lecture from a transgender activist.


Newman Guide-Recommended Colleges Rank High in New ACTA Curriculum Ratings
10/29/2014
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) recently released its sixth annual “What Will They Learn” list rating the core curricula of colleges and universities across the country. Several institutions recommended in The Newman Guide received high marks.


Religious Freedom at Catholic Institutions May Be Threatened after D.C. Bills Pass First Vote
10/29/2014
Two controversial  bills passed their first reading and vote as part of the D.C. Council Consent Agenda on Tuesday, Oct. 28. The final passage of the bills may seriously violate the religious freedom of Catholic educational institutions in the city.



UST-Houston Increases Scholarships to Make ‘Excellent Faith Based Education’ More Affordable
10/29/2014
University of St. Thomas (UST) in Houston, Tex., will increase its scholarship funds to $14.8 million starting in the fall of 2015, the University recently announced.


Ave Maria Wins Relief from HHS Mandate, President Towey Says Battle ‘Far from Over’
10/28/2014
The order from the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida is the first "enjoining the government's latest attempt to coerce religious organizations via an 'augmented rule' that it issued last August," stated the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.


Pope Francis Receives Highest Honor from Israeli University
10/28/2014
The award was reportedly given "in recognition of [the Pope's] lifelong efforts and commitment to building bridges between worlds, promoting peace and harmony among nations and creeds, and defending and fighting for human rights."


Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete, Co-Founder of JP II Institute, Dies at Age 73
10/28/2014
After earning his degree in space science and applied physics followed by a master's degree in sacred theology from The Catholic University of America, Msgr. Albacete was ordained for the Archdiocese of Washington.


Archbishop Lucas Disappointed by Creighton’s Decision to Offer Same-Sex Benefits
10/28/2014
Archbishop George Lucas issued a statement in response to Creighton University’s decision to “offer benefits to same-sex spouses of employees,” noting his disappointment in the University’s decision and its failure to provide a proper example of Catholic teaching.


Cardinal Müller to Speak at Notre Dame Conference on Poverty
10/28/2014
The conference, entitled “Your Light Will Rise in the Darkness: Responding to the Cry of the Poor,” will run from October 30 - November 1 and is reportedly inspired by Pope Francis’ encouragement to give “a voice to the cry of the poor.”


Catholic Educators Appeal to Obama Administration for Relief from HHS Mandate
10/27/2014
Today a coalition including The Cardinal Newman Society, leaders of Catholic schools and colleges, and the expert attorneys of the Alliance Defending Freedom told the Obama administration that its latest rule still “directly violates the religious liberty of organizations and individuals.”


Loyola Chicago Approves Pagan Student Club on Campus
10/27/2014
Loyola University Chicago (LUC) has recognized a student group on campus which was recently described as the Loyola Student Pagan Alliance, but is now approved under the name Indigenous Faith Tradition Alliance, according to College Fix.


Catholic University Presidents Sign Plea to Help Child Refugees
10/27/2014
The document asks all citizens to “reflect deeply on Pope Francis’s recent call that, ‘as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected.’”


Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI: Renunciation of Truth Is 'Lethal to Faith'
10/24/2014
In a written message to The Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI emphasized that the renunciation of truth is "lethal to faith," reported ZENIT.


Technology Presents Challenges to Virtuous Living on Campus, Says Theologian
10/24/2014
With technology more accessible than ever on college campuses, young people today face significantly difficult challenges in avoiding inappropriate material and focusing on their studies.


Sophia Institute Press Helping Catholics ‘Relearn the Importance of Catechesis’
10/24/2014
Charlie McKinney, president of Sophia Institute Press spoke to The Cardinal Newman Society about Sophia’s reprinting of the exhortation, Catechesi Tradendae, its importance in Catholic education, and the vital role of the witness of teachers.


Bishops in Ireland Urge Catholic Schools to Reflect on Identity
10/24/2014
The Catholic Schools Partnership (CSP), founded by the Irish Bishops’ Conference, recently released a document which urged schools “to be more assertive in upholding religious values,” according to The Irish Times.


Janet Smith: Church Has ‘Best Explanation of Sexuality’ for Students, Society
10/23/2014
Students at Catholic universities are “greatly cheated” if they don’t come away with an understanding of what the Church teaches on morality and human sexuality, said Dr. Janet Smith.


George Weigel: Catholic Colleges Exist to Equip Disciples for Mission
10/23/2014
“Catholic institutions of higher learning exist to equip disciples for mission and to be witnesses to Christ,” George Weigel told students during a recent talk at Franciscan University of Steubenville.


Catholic School Won’t Allow Homosexual-Themed Film to Shoot on Campus
10/23/2014
Salesian High School, a Catholic all-boy’s school in New Rochelle, N.Y., refused to allow the production team of a homosexual-themed film to shoot a scene on its campus, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


Conference on New Evangelization at University to Coincide with Pope’s Trip to Philippines
10/23/2014
The second Philippine Conference on New Evangelization will be held from January 15 to 17, 2015, and is set to coincide with Pope Francis’ four-day visit to the Philippines. Cardinal Tagle announced its location at the University of Santo Tomas in a letter to his parish priests.


New Criminology Degree at UST-Houston ‘Grounded in Catholic Tenets of Social Justice’
10/23/2014
The University of St. Thomas (UST) in Houston, Tex., recently developed a new degree program under the title of Criminology, Law and Society, announced the University. The program aims to ensure that students understand Church teaching on social justice and morality.


New to The Newman Guide: The International Theological Institute
10/22/2014
At the International Theological Institute (ITI) “Catholicism is practically the air you breathe,” alumnus Max Becher, who also works as U.S. director of recruitment for ITI, recently told The Cardinal Newman Society in an interview.


Cincinnati Archdiocese Proposes Taking Teacher Input on Contracts Supporting Catholic Identity
10/22/2014
Following the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s implementation of revised teachers’ contracts for the 2014-15 school year—a move to invigorate its schools’ Catholic identity—the archdiocese is proposing a teacher’s advisory committee which will give input on future contracts.


New Ave Maria Law Scholarships Available to Grads from Newman Guide Colleges
10/22/2014
The Ave Maria School of Law announced new scholarships, beginning for the Summer/Fall 2015 term. “Ave Maria School of Law seeks to admit men and women who are drawn to our distinctive mission of educating lawyers within the Catholic intellectual tradition,” read the news release.


St. Gregory’s University Institutes New Policy Supporting Chastity on Campus
10/22/2014
New for the 2014-15 academic year, St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Okla., has instituted an “open-bolt” policy in which bedroom doors in student dorms are required to remain ajar while members of the opposite sex are present.


Sacred Art Studies at Thomas More College Led Student to Design Floor for Parish
10/22/2014
A senior at the The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts (TMC) in Merrimack, N.H., is currently designing a “Cosmatesque” floor for her hometown parish in Idaho, the College reported on its website.


Helen Hull Hitchcock ‘Awakened the Voices of Faithful Catholic Women’
10/22/2014
Helen Hull Hitchcock, founding director of Women for Faith and Family, passed away due to complications from a burst aneurysm on Oct. 20, 2014, at the age of 75.


Belmont Abbey President to Discuss ‘Christian Vision of Sports’ at Christendom
10/21/2014
The talk, according to the Christendom news release, is part of the College's Major Speakers program which offers students "cultural, intellectual, and spiritual enrichment."


New Fund Helps Catholic Colleges Screen Investments Contrary to Church Teaching
10/21/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society recently spoke with Notre Dame’s chief investment officer, Scott Malpass, who is involved in forming a new fund that will manage the endowments of Catholic colleges and foundations.


Loyola University Chicago to Host Annual Drag Show
10/21/2014
Loyola University Chicago (LUC) will be hosting its 8th Annual Drag Show on campus this week, according to an official student organization’s Facebook page. The event, hosted by LUC’s “LGBTQIA” student group Advocate, is part of “LGBTQIA Heritage Month.”


Final Report from Synod on Family Emphasizes Education
10/21/2014
In the final report issued by the Synod on the Family, the synod fathers reached a unanimous decision that more education is a necessity when it comes to families, according to Catholic News Agency’s coverage of the report.


University of Mary Cancels Classes for Campus-Wide Day of Service
10/21/2014
The University of Mary (Mary) in Bismarck, N.D., recently held its first campus-wide Day of Service, the University announced. Instead of attending classes, students served the nearby Bismarck and Mandan communities.


‘Miracle’ Move Fuels Hopes of Future Expansion for John Paul the Great Catholic Univ.
10/21/2014
John Paul the Great Catholic University recently completed its first year at its new campus location in Escondido, Calif. “It’s a miracle from God,” University President Dr. Derry Connolly told The Cardinal Newman Society in an interview about the relocation.


Married Couple Attending Synod Reaffirms Parents as Primary Educators of Children
10/20/2014
The Wisconsin-based couple made reference to the necessity for more robust marriage programs that can help encourage faith-filled homes to be "schools of love and virtue."


Franciscan Univ. Art Exhibit Conveys ‘Timeless Truth of the Faith,’ Begins World Tour
10/20/2014
"These works of art have the power to communicate to today's society in a way that is fresh, engaging, and relevant," said Jennifer Healy, the exhibit’s curator. "The timeless Truth of the faith [is] effectively conveyed through images, for both believers and unbelievers alike."


Students from Christendom College Offer ‘Strong Presence’ at Annual Walk for Life
10/20/2014
Students from Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., recently participated in the Annual Walk for Life hosted by the Front Royal Pregnancy Center, the College reported on its website. The students were recognized for their enthusiasm, strong presence, and a significant donation.


Thomas More College Students, Staff and Faculty Renew Consecration to Sacred Heart
10/20/2014
“Sacred Heart of Jesus, protect our College!” was part of the prayer said at Mass by students, faculty and staff at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, N.H. On October 15, the Feast of Saint Teresa of Avila, the College rededicated itself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.


Knights of Columbus to Receive Notre Dame Award for Pro-Life Efforts
10/20/2014
The medal, inspired by Pope St. John Paul II’s papal encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, recognizes pro-life advocacy and “those who have worked to help build a culture of life and respect for the sanctity of life.”


Pope Comments on How Universities Can Encourage Dialogue between Faith and Reason
10/17/2014
Pope Francis recently sent a message to the Italian Catholic University Federation, according to Vatican Information Service, conveying the importance of its work in universities with three words: study, research, and frontier.


Some Catholic Colleges Have Provided Same-Sex Benefits for Several Years
10/17/2014
While Notre Dame is making the headlines for its apparently quick decision to provide employee benefits to “same-sex spouses,” many Catholic colleges have been providing same-sex benefits to varying degrees for years, with some policies in force for almost a decade.


DePaul University Testing 'Queer Peers' Mentorship Program
10/17/2014
DePaul University’s LGBTQA Student Services office is piloting a new initiative called “Queer Peers,” according to The DePaulia, in which “newly out students” are connected with current students. The application offers the option to indicate gender-neutral pronouns and interest in activism.


New Latin American Studies Certificate Supports Catholic Identity at CUA
10/17/2014
The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., is offering a new certificate program in Latin American and Latino Studies. According to the University report, the program is of great import for CUA’s Catholic identity due to the growing significance of Latin America in the Church. 


Christendom College Launched Scholarship Matching Program
10/17/2014
According to a Christendom press release, students accepted into the College may submit a request asking the scholarship committee to review and match other scholarship offers they have received.


Courage Director Fr. Check Comments on Passage about Homosexuals in Synod Report
10/16/2014
Members of the international Courage apostolate have responded “with dismay, concern and some pain” to the Extraordinary Synod for the Family’s recent midterm report passage on homosexuality, which has been subsequently updated, according to the National Catholic Register.


Alumnus Corrects Notre Dame Prof’s Article Claiming ‘Church Makes Life Impossible for Infertile Women’
10/16/2014
University of Notre Dame alumnus Michael Bradley wrote a piece for Ethika Politika in response to Notre Dame professor Candida Moss’s recent controversial Slate article. 


Bishop Conley Affirms Parents’ Vocation to Educate Children in Holiness
10/16/2014
Parents are entrusted with “a responsibility to ensure that their schooling choices won’t undermine” the cultivation of their children’s souls, according to Bishop James Conley of the Lincoln Diocese in Nebraska.


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