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Gonzaga University Promoted 'Drag' Event in Email to Faculty and Staff
A Gonzaga University student group put on a series of events recently including "DRAG tabling" and a "bisexuality panel," according to an email notice posted on the Gonzaga website.

Notre Dame Alumni: Fr. Jenkins Comments on HHS Mandate ‘Startling’
Fr. Jenkins said, according to The Irish Rover, “We feel this is an infringement on religious freedom, but we have a variety of factors to consider, like legitimate government authority.”

Newman Society President Lectures at Georgetown on Threats to Catholic Education
“There seems to be a growing intolerance for those who teach and live the Catholic faith—intolerance from nonbelievers but also, and perhaps especially, from dissenting Catholics," said Patrick Reilly.

Fordham Hosts ‘Gender Theorist’ for Prestigious Annual Lecture
The lecture titled “‘We the People,’ or Plural Action” was scheduled for April 1 to be delivered by Dr. Judith Butler, a rhetoric and literature professor from University of California Berkeley.

‘Embrace the Mission’: Bishop Ricken Seeks Authenticity in Catholic Education
“Catholic colleges make the greatest contributions to other colleges and universities and to society when they are thoroughly Catholic,” Bishop Ricken said.

Newman Society, Catholic Colleges Challenge Federal Labor Board in Possible Landmark Case
The Cardinal Newman Society, joined by several faithful Catholic colleges, today made a strong plea to the National Labor Relations Board, urging it to abide by the U.S. Constitution and stop interfering with religious education.

College of St. Mary Magdalen Choir Director on Holy Week Sacred Music
“We learn from each other and encourage one another toward our common goal, which is not performance, but rather the glory of God and the sanctification of the faithful.”

Lenten Prayer Campaign for Catholic Colleges and Schools
The Cardinal Newman Society is inviting members and other Catholics to join in a Lenten Prayer Campaign by adopting a particular Catholic school or college to pray for in the days leading up to Easter.

Controversy at Fisher More College
The news broke this week that Fisher More College lost permission to celebrate the Extraordinary Form on campus, and some commentators are suggesting that disputes about Church teaching at the College may be a back-story. 

Pope Tells Notre Dame to 'Defend, Preserve, Advance’ Catholic Identity
Pope Francis today urged the University of Notre Dame to be an “uncompromising witness… to the Church’s moral teaching” and to resist “efforts, from whatever quarter, to dilute that indispensable witness."

Catholic Parents ‘Need More Time’ to Study Common Core, Says Newman Society
A Breitbart.com article featured The Cardinal Newman Society’s Catholic Is Our Core project to address concerns about the controversial Common Core State Standards.

‘Catholic Is Our Core’ Launched to Address Concerns about Common Core in Catholic Schools
The Cardinal Newman Society has launched the new “Catholic Is Our Core” project and issued a statement in support of greater parental involvement in the debate about the Common Core and advising caution before Catholic schools adopt untested, secular standards.

Picture of Contradiction: Pope Francis Poses with Georgetown Scarf
The photo was taken on Saturday during a visit to Rome, not with University officials, but with leaders of a Georgetown center for religious freedom who seem at odds with the University’s capitulation to the HHS mandate.

Principals of Top Catholic High Schools Fear ‘Common Core’ Would Harm Their Schools
Principals of America’s leading Catholic high schools are concerned about the impact that adopting the national “Common Core” standards could have on their schools’ Catholic identity.

Help the Effort to Restore Catholic Identity at Georgetown University
Show the Vatican that YOU support Blatty’s and his fellow alumni’s effort to restore Catholic identity at Georgetown by clicking the button included in the article.

Loyola Marymount Univ. President, Abortion Activists Lash Out at Newman Society
LMU president and a pro-abortion website lashed out yesterday in response to The Cardinal Newman Society’s reports about LMU professors demanding insurance coverage for abortion.

Newman Society, Catholic Employers Represented in Lawsuit to Halt HHS Mandate
A class action suit was filed Tuesday against the Obama administration’s HHS insurance mandate on behalf of Catholic employers, including The Cardinal Newman Society.

Duquesne Univ., Newman Society Harassed for Defending First Amendment Rights
A column that tries to link Duquesne’s refusal to accept federal authority over personnel negotiations with the tragic death of a former adjunct professor is getting attention from labor union proponents.

Duquesne Flap Ignores Geraldo Rivera’s Support for Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage
In a radio interview today, Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly praised Duquesne University for withdrawing its invitation to FOX News journalist Geraldo Rivera to take part in a conference.

Jesuit Colleges Among Most Expensive in U.S.
Fordham University leads the 19 Catholic colleges that charged more than $50,000 for full-time undergraduate tuition, fees and room charges in 2012-13, according to the Chronicle.

Invitation: Catholic Athletes for Christ Conference in Northern Virginia
All are invited to the Catholic Athletes for Christ “Sports Conference” featuring Dr. Bill Thierfelder, president of Belmont Abbey College and a former champion athlete and coach.

‘Hook Up Culture’ Greatest Threat to Education, Kreeft Tells Christian Classical Educators
Boston College philosophy professor Peter Kreeft was honored at a conference of educators with the annual Russell Kirk Paideia Prize, recognizing him as a “great man of faith and letters.”

'Fighting Irish' Won't Give Up on Notre Dame
Bill Dempsey is a Notre Dame alumnus (’52) and chairs the Sycamore Trust, an association of Notre Dame alumni who are dedicated to renewing the University’s Catholic identity.

Battling for the Heart and Soul of Notre Dame: An Interview with Father Bill Miscamble, CSC
"I hope... readers will understand that there is a real struggle going on for the future of Notre Dame, a struggle for what kind of place this will be.  Notre Dame needs to be held accountable."

Catholic College Student Life Leaders Inspired by Year of Faith
More than 40 senior student life representatives from faithful Catholic colleges and universities across the U.S. are meeting for the first annual Student Life Leadership Conference.

Married Practicing Catholics Feel Most Loved in Sex, Study Finds
U.S. News & World Report has an article up featuring the findings of a survey reporting that "Devout, married Catholics have the best sex of any demographic group."

Gonzaga Removes Job Listings for Groups Promoting Abortion, Suicide, Same-Sex Marriage
Gonzaga University appears to have removed job listings on its career center blog for Planned Parenthood and groups advocating assisted suicide and same-sex marriage, as revealed Monday by The Cardinal Newman Society.

Catholic Colleges Join Bishops, Southern Baptist Convention in Support of Religious Freedom
“The Cardinal Newman Society stands shoulder-to-shoulder with our bishops and leaders of non-Catholic Christian denominations in once again opposing this direct attack on our first freedom.”

Georgetown Canon Law Petitioners Seek Intercession of Blessed Pope John Paul II
Exorcist author William Peter Blatty reveals that his canon law petition regarding Georgetown University is dedicated to the intercession of Blessed Pope John Paul II.

Newman Society, Sen. Murray on HHS Mandate
An article in today's New York Times sets The Cardinal Newman Society against the views of U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, a proponent of abortion rights, embryonic stem cell research and contraception.

Court Blocks Obama Admin from Enforcing HHS Mandate Against Business
A federal court issued a temporary restraining order preventing the Obama administration from enforcing the HHS mandate against Hobby Lobby Stores.

Newman Society Statement on Final HHS Mandate Rule
The Cardinal Newman Society, its members and faithful Catholic educators must continue to fight this unconscionable mandate by every possible means.

Have Catholics 'Contracepted' Away Their Schools?
Father Timothy Sauppé of the Diocese of Peoria has a unique response to the problem of Catholic school closings: preach against contraception and abortion.

Catholic College Profs Spur Same-Sex Marriage Efforts Following Court Rulings
Professors at Catholic universities were quick to comment on Wednesday's Supreme Court rulings -- some of them spurring on the activists for same-sex marriage.

Homosexuality Embraced at Catholic Colleges, Report Finds
Homosexual students and culture are gaining acceptance at many Catholic colleges and universities across the United States, according to a report at Religion & Politics.

Notre Dame's Snead to Keynote Pro-Life Convention
Carter Snead, Notre Dame law professor and director of the University's Center for Ethics and Culture, will keynote the annual National Right to Life Convention.

'Jesus Burpeth' Is Required Catholic School Reading?

Catholic schools assigning reading books that are sacrilegious, sexually explicit, vulgar or otherwise inappropriate.

U Mary President Welcomes New Fargo Bishop
Monsignor James Shea was on air at CatholicTV.com for the installation of Fargo Bishop John Folda.

Humanities Essential to 'Distinctly American' Education, Says Commission
A new report strongly endorses study of the humanities and social sciences.

High School Teacher Program Promotes Unity of Faith, Science
Catholic high school teachers in science and theology gathered in La. to develop appreciation of their respective disciplines.

Notre Dame to Sell Perfume and Cologne

The University of Notre Dame plans to sell official Notre Dame perfume and cologne.

Sotomayor Laments Closing of Catholic School
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor reportedly expressed concern for the loss of inner-city Catholic schools and their secular benefits.

President Obama Criticizes Catholic Education
During a speech yesterday in Belfast, Northern Ireland, President Barack Obama reportedly criticized Catholic education, suggesting that it is harmful to national unity.

Freedom of Speech on Campus Threatened by Departments of Education and Justice Policy
Alliance Defending Freedom is warning that there are constitutional problems with a U.S. Departments of Justice and Education policy which opens the door for the suppression of freedom of speech.

Franciscan University Hosts Catholic Charismatic Conference
Franciscan University of Steubenville recently hosted (June 7-9) its Catholic Charismatic Conference. Dr. Ralph Martin, director of Graduate Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary was among the speakers.

Catholic College Graduation Rates are Better Than Peers
Students who enroll at a Catholic college or university are more likely to receive a degree within four years than their peers at other institutions, a report has found.

Why Science Needs Catholicism
University of Namur physics professor Dominique Lambert speaks about the necessity of both faith and reason in science.

Irish Prime Minister Tells Church to Stay out of Politics
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, who drew protests for his commencement address at Boston College, has said that personal faith should play no part in legislation.

Two Christendom Alumni Join Dominican Friars
Two Christendom College alumni are among 18 men accepted into the 2013 novitiate class of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph.

Jesuit College Profs, Political Activists Defend Catholic Campaign for Human Development
Theologians and others associated with Jesuit universities have joined with the partisan group Faith in Public Life to defend Catholic grants to grassroots organizing groups, despite concerns that some recipients have undermined Catholic teaching.

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