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News Roundup: Mandatum Yanked from Dissenting Theologian, LGBT Retreats at Notre Dame, and More
4/1/2015
Our daily roundup of the latest news on Catholic education from around the web.


News Roundup: Teachers Protest Abp. Cordileone, Pro-ISIS Club Assisted by Barry U. Officials, and More
3/31/2015
Our daily roundup of the latest news on Catholic education from around the web.


News Roundup: Newman Society President Calls for Notre Dame to Act, UK Catholic School Fights for Faithful Identity, and More
3/30/2015
Our daily roundup of the latest news on Catholic education from around the web.


News Roundup: Catholic Universities Must Teach Theology, Bishop Denounces Threats to Abolish Catholic Education, and More
3/27/2015
Our daily roundup of the latest news on Catholic education from around the web.


CUA’s Rome Expansion, Emphasis on Catholic Identity Draws Praise from Cardinal Pell
3/23/2015
Vatican official Cardinal George Pell recently praised the collaborative efforts between The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C., and the Australian Catholic University (ACU), as the institutions prepare to open a joint study-abroad center in Rome, according to the National Catholic Register. The Center will reportedly help CUA expand its study abroad program and encourage a true understanding of Catholic identity and education.

The three-continent partnership between the Universities, which The Cardinal Newman Society reported in January, created The Rome Center of The Catholic University of America and the Australian Catholic University, an institution “dedicated to Catholic education,” the Register reported.

Studying in Rome can be immensely significant in the formation of students as “Rome has much to offer, humanly and religiously,” Cardinal Pell, a former ACU board of trustees chairman and current prefect of the Vatican’s Secretariat of Economy, reportedly stated. “I wish the organizers every success for the years ahead. It is another fine example of American-Australian cooperation.”


News Roundup: Teacher Under Fire by Dissenters, Catholic School Must Be Neutral on Religion, and More
3/23/2015
The latest news on Catholic education from around the web:
  • Plight of suspended Catholic school teacher is yet another battle for Catholic teaching (Crisis Magazine)

  • Canada Supreme Court: Catholic school can teach Catholicism, but must be neutral on other religions (Religion Clause)

  • Haitian bishop aims to evangelize by building Catholic education, urges support (Catholic Herald)

  • Archbishop Kurtz at Catholic University of America: Exchange ‘March Madness’ for Catholic learning (Catholic News Agency)

  • Ave Maria economics professor wins Acton Institute award for tying theology to teaching (Ave Maria University)


Cardinal Newman Society Statement Opposing Honors and Platforms for Proponents of Legal Redefinition of Marriage
3/11/2015
On March 5, 2015, 379 corporations and business groups submitted an amicus brief, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to declare “marriage rights” for same-sex persons. Such a ruling conflicts directly with Catholic teaching and the position of the U.S. Catholic bishops.


Notre Dame Hosts Politicians Opposed to Catholic Teaching at Fr. Hesburgh Tribute
3/9/2015
The University of Notre Dame invited several politicians to a recent event commemorating the late Notre Dame President Father Theodore Hesburgh’s contributions to the University. Unfortunately, several of the politicians have taken public stances opposed to Catholic teaching.


Another Catholic College's Religious Freedom at Stake with NLRB Decision
2/13/2015
The case for Duquesne University in Pittsburgh was sent back down to a regional director this week following the NLRB’s creation of a new policy which seeks to determine whether individual faculty members at a Catholic college have a specifically religious function.


Exemption from HHS Mandate Reversed for Christian College, Catholic Dioceses
2/13/2015
A Christian college and two Catholic dioceses in western Pennsylvania are again under the yoke of the HHS mandate as a federal court reversed the injunctions previously granted to the institutions by lower courts.


Hypnotism Poses Real Dangers, despite Popularity on College Campuses
2/11/2015
Entertainment events featuring hypnotists have gained popularity on college campuses, emphasized by Saint Mary’s College recent hypnotism show, however Catholic documents have indicated that the practice is dangerous.


Religious Freedom of Three Catholic Colleges Hangs in Balance with NLRB Decision
2/5/2015
Rather than exempting three Catholic colleges from its unjust oversight, The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided Wednesday to send the colleges’ cases back down to regional directors.


Some Religious Colleges Are Taking Better Approach to ‘Hook-Up’ Trend
1/22/2015
In the midst of incidents of sexual assault and rape on campuses around the country, several religious colleges and universities are ahead of the curve in how they create healthy environments on campus, according to an article by Kimberly Thornbury at Christianity Today.


Catholic Charities CEO Was Georgetown Leader, Opposed Bishops on Abortion in Obamacare
1/13/2015
The new president of Catholic Charities USA led an association of women religious that was the subject of a recent Vatican investigation and publicly undermined the bishops’ efforts to prevent abortion coverage in Obamacare-affiliated insurance plans.


As Many Jesuit Universities Go with Secular Flow, Neglect of Catholic Mission Continues
1/8/2015
While Catholic identity abuse continues at many Jesuit universities, several leaders and staff members from Jesuit institutions interviewed in the recent Atlantic article apparently accept the status quo.


Catholic Colleges Must Launch ‘Revolution of Love of God’ to Protect Religious Freedom
1/6/2015
While the continuing attacks on the religious freedom of Catholic institutions can be traced back to a failure by believers to witness to the Faith, students formed by faithful Catholic university education have an opportunity to turn things around, argues Kathryn Lopez.


Thomas More College ‘Way of Beauty’ Program Alum Wins Architecture Award
12/31/2014
An alumnus of the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts “Way of Beauty” program, who also graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame, was recently honored for his architectural design, the Way of Beauty blog reported.


‘Huge Victory,’ ‘Opportunity’ for Religious Colleges in Labor Board’s Ruling
12/21/2014
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week abandoned its longstanding, unconstitutional practice of measuring how religious a college appears to be before exempting it from federal oversight, but opted instead for a new test that considers whether individual employees perform religious functions.


‘Tent Gang’ Prepares Students for March for Life at Benedictine College
12/19/2014
The “Tent Gang,” took turns in November and early December sleeping in a tent on campus, “prayerfully sacrificing their time and comfort to raise awareness about the March for Life,” a student wrote.


D.C. Mayor, Attorney General: New Abortion Mandate Likely Unconstitutional
12/18/2014
Yesterday’s vote by the Council of the District of Columbia to approve a bill banning religious organizations from discriminating against employees for their “reproductive health” practices likely violates the Constitution and federal law, warned the D.C. mayor before the final vote.


Creighton President Falsely Claims to Follow Christ in Same-Sex Benefits
12/10/2014
The president of Creighton University missed the true meaning of Christ’s instruction to welcome all people, when he used that teaching as justification to offer employment benefits to same-sex partners of employees, writes Father Paul Scalia at The Catholic Thing.


Catholic Intellectual Bozell’s Legacy Continues at Christendom College
12/4/2014
The influence of Catholic conservative L. Brent Bozell, Jr.—whose life was recently celebrated at Christendom College and is chronicled in the biography, “Living on Fire: The Life of L. Brent Bozell, Jr.”—helped spark today’s movement for renewal in Catholic culture and education.


Saint Michael’s College Accepts Unconstitutional Oversight of Federal Labor Board
12/3/2014
The Catholic Church often looks favorably on collective bargaining by employees, but federal oversight can mean enforcement of union demands that compromise a college’s Catholic mission, such as immoral health benefits.


Ave Maria Hosting Vatican Astronomer as Distinguished Visiting Scholar
11/24/2014
Ave Maria University will host a lecture by Vatican astronomer Brother Guy Consolmango, S.J. next month, the University announced on its website.


Court Rules against TAC, CUA Challenge to HHS Mandate
11/17/2014
“The ruling still puts Catholic University and similar institutions on a lower constitutional footing than houses of worship," Lawrence Morris, CUA general counsel, told The Cardinal Newman Society.


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.”


Notre Dame Offers Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses of Employees
10/10/2014
"Those who are fighting to evict the truth about marriage from our country's laws are no doubt celebrating Notre Dame's action," University law professor Gerard Bradley reportedly said.


Newman Society, Catholic Leaders Fight Repeal of Religious Protections in Nation’s Capital
10/10/2014
The Newman Society joined Catholic University and the D.C. Catholic Conference in warning the D.C. Council that a proposal to repeal religious protections would violate the religious freedom of Catholic schools and colleges.


Catholic University Cancels Student Event Due to Concerns over Advocacy
10/8/2014
The Catholic University of America recently canceled a student group’s viewing of the movie “Milk” after the administration learned that the event was intended to kickoff “LGBT Awareness Month.”


‘Recruit Me’ Program Connects High School Students to Catholic Colleges
10/7/2014
Students have the opportunity to get recruited by the faithful Catholic colleges recommended in the 2015 edition of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, which was released today by the Newman Society.


Settlement on HHS Mandate Breaks New Ground for Religious Freedom
10/7/2014
L. Brent Bozell, III announced today in a press release that MRC is ending its first-of-a-kind lawsuit against the HHS mandate because of an Agreed Order of Dismissal from the government.


Cardinal Burke at Synod Says ‘Defective Catechesis’ is Danger to Catholic Family
10/6/2014
“Defective catechesis” is one of the greatest challenges to the Catholic family today, said Cardinal Raymond Burke in an interview today with Vatican Radio regarding the Extraordinary Synod on the Family.


Newman Society Message on the Passing of Fr. Benedict Groeschel
10/4/2014
On this Feast of Saint Francis—a most important feast for a priest who devoted himself wholeheartedly to the Franciscan spirituality, a radical commitment to living as Jesus did—please pray with us that Father celebrates with the great Saint himself.


Surprise: GAO Insurance Report Contains More Evidence of California’s Hypocrisy on Abortion
9/29/2014
A little-noticed footnote in this month’s explosive Government Accountability Office report confirms the hypocrisy of California Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration and its requirement that even Catholic schools and colleges must provide insurance covering elective abortions.


Georgetown Muslim Studies Director, Professors Boycott Israeli Academic Institutions
9/29/2014
Thirteen professors at Georgetown University—reportedly more than any other university in the United States—have joined an American Studies Association (ASA) boycott of Israeli academic institutions, according to Georgetown’s student newspaper, The Hoya.


Franciscan U. Hosting 'Academic Freedom and Revealed Truth' Event on Ex Corde
9/26/2014
The event will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ex corde Ecclesiae and serve as the first installment of the University's "Fidelity and Freedom" series.


Archbishop Miller to Deliver Keynote at Univ. of Dallas Ministry Conference
9/26/2014
Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller, former secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, will deliver a keynote address on "Evangelii Gaudium: The Apostolic Exhortation from Pope Francis."


Neighbors of University of Portland Complain of Student Partying, Property Damage
9/26/2014
The Beacon reported: "Social media websites like Facebook and nextdoor.com... are reporting disturbances in and around the University Park neighborhood."


Gates-Funded Lobby Pushes Common Core in Catholic Schools, Targets Newman Society
9/23/2014
Sara Pruzin, a state operations associate for the Council for a Strong America (CSA) and former communications intern for U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, unwittingly contacted a Cardinal Newman Society leader to rally Catholic support for the Common Core.


State Senator Endorsed by Planned Parenthood Speaks at Boston College
9/19/2014
Linda Dorcena Forry has voted as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives against defining marriage as between a man and a woman, according to OnTheIssues.org. She also voted against reaffirming 'one nation under God' in pledge of allegiance.


University of Dallas to Feature Lecture 'Marriage as Natural Sacrament'
9/17/2014
University of Dallas announced that a prominent professor from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family is slated to deliver a lecture "Marriage as a Natural Sacrament."


Franciscan Univ. to Bestow Award on Little Sisters of the Poor
9/16/2014
The University cites the Sisters' continuing refusal to comply with the HHS mandate and their "strength of character, practical Christian charity, and love and service to the poor."


Catholic Education Honor Roll Announced
9/15/2014
Today, The Cardinal Newman Society released the list of schools recognized by the Catholic Education Honor Roll as 2014 Schools of Excellence. Since 2004 the Honor Roll has celebrated quality Catholic education throughout the United States.


Loyola Marymount Employees File Complaint against California Abortion Mandate
9/12/2014
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF) filed a complaint on Friday with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of seven Loyola Marymount University employees.


Obama Admin Targets More than 400 Catholic Organizations for HHS Mandate
9/11/2014
The Obama administration’s indication that it will continue its fight for enforcement of its “HHS mandate” against religious nonprofits, could immediately affect more than 400 Catholic organizations participating in the Christian Brothers Trust, including The Cardinal Newman Society.


Calif. Covers Only ‘Medically Necessary’ Abortions for State Employees, but Forces Catholics to Cover Elective Abortions
9/3/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society has discovered that California’s own health plans for state employees cover only “medically necessary” abortions, even though Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has called such language “discriminatory.”


Newman Society Releases Statement on New HHS Mandate Accommodation
8/28/2014
The following official statement was released this week by The Cardinal Newman Society in response to the changes to the HHS mandate accommodation announced on Friday, August 22.


Obama Admin Releases New Rules for HHS Mandate Accommodation Process
8/22/2014
"Rather than hoping against hope for an all-encompassing accommodation from the mandate, Catholic educators and all nonprofits will be better served by a Supreme Court ruling upholding religious freedom," said Newman Society president Patrick J. Reilly.


California Forces Catholic Universities to Provide Abortion Coverage, Could Lose Federal Funding
8/22/2014
Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration announced today that it will force Loyola Marymount University and Santa Clara University—as well as any other religious nonprofit or business—to violate their deeply held beliefs and provide employees insurance coverage for elective abortion.


California Could Force Abortion Coverage at Catholic Universities, Violating Federal Law
8/12/2014
California’s health care agency is conducting “an in-depth analysis of the issues surrounding coverage for abortion services,” in reaction to last year’s decisions by two Catholic universities to end payments for employee health insurance coverage of elective abortion.


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