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Notre Dame Loses Round in Court, Maybe Due to Compliance with HHS Mandate
5/21/2015
It appears that one reason the University of Notre Dame lost its court appeal yesterday—denying the University relief from the Obama administration’s HHS mandate to force employers to include sterilization, contraceptives and abortifacient drugs in employee health plans—is the University’s compliance with the mandate since January.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled two-to-one to deny an immediate religious exemption to the University.

“This marked the first time that a federal appeals court had rejected a claim that the Supreme Court’s ruling last June in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores should shield a non-profit religious organization from any role whatsoever in carrying out the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate,” Lyle Denniston of the SCOTUS blog reported.

Why the difference with Notre Dame? Denniston suggested that the problem may be Notre Dame’s compliance with the HHS mandate, while simultaneously claiming that the mandate would violate its religious freedom.


Archdiocese Explains Removal of Seton Hall Campus Minister, Seeks ‘Accountability’
5/20/2015
A Catholic priest’s support for a campaign that advocates the redefinition of marriage was not the direct reason for his removal as campus minister at Seton Hall University, despite his claim to the contrary and subsequent media reports, the Archdiocese of Newark told The Cardinal Newman Society in a statement yesterday.

The incident did, however, cause the Archdiocese to reconsider the position description for Seton Hall’s campus ministry director and to clarify the director’s “accountability to the University and to the Archbishop,” the Archdiocese said. It described plans to assign a new director of campus ministry as an “important opportunity to undertake that clarification.”

Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly celebrated the Archdiocese’s statement.

“Whether or not there was any intent by campus ministry to oppose Catholic teaching on marriage, it is reassuring to Catholic families that the Archdiocese is taking steps to protect the integrity and Catholic identity of Seton Hall University, which is under the authority and responsibility of the Archbishop of Newark,” Reilly said.

The trouble began earlier in the year, when Father Warren Hall, director of campus ministry and a former adjunct professor at the University, was criticized by members of the Seton Hall community for a Facebook post in support of the “No H8” campaign, according to the Archdiocese. The No H8 campaign began as a protest against Proposition 8, a 2008 amendment to the California state constitution that affirmed marriage between one man and one woman. Although the campaign is still tied to support for redefining marriage, it also protests discrimination and bullying.


Catholic College to Honor Leader of Pro-Abortion Groups Amid Protest of Cardinal Dolan
5/15/2015
The Cardinal Newman Society has discovered that the Jesuit Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., will honor at Sunday’s commencement ceremony—alongside Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York—human rights activist Lois Whitman, who works for a pro-abortion group and serves on the boards of two pro-abortion organizations.

But several hundred students and faculty are protesting the Cardinal, not Whitman—and the College president has praised the protest, which labels Cardinal Dolan “homophobic,” as a reason for “celebration.”

A petition at Change.org asks Le Moyne College to rescind its invitation to Cardinal Dolan to deliver Sunday’s commencement address and receive an honorary degree. The petition has reached 709 signatures and was organized by students, alumni and “some members of the faculty,” Le Moyne President Linda Le Mura told FOX News on Thursday.

The petition states that “the graduating class of 2015 and the graduates, along with staff and other students, do not approve of this choice.” It goes on to claim, without evidence, that Cardinal Dolan has made “homophobic comments and does not represent the ideals we have come to know Le Moyne to represent.”


Lavender Graduations, Ceremonies on Eight Catholic Campuses
5/15/2015

“Lavender graduations” and celebrations—commencement-related events intended exclusively for homosexual students and their “allies”—continued this year on Catholic campuses, despite confusing students about Catholic teaching and acceptance of homosexual behavior.

In April, Pope Francis addressed the problems with “gender theory” and urged acceptance of sexuality as male and female:As we all know, sexual difference is present in so many forms of life, in the long scale of the living. However, only in man and in woman does it bear in itself the image and likeness of God…Man and woman are [the] image and likeness of God!

This year, the Society found that at least eight Catholic colleges are hosting or have hosted lavender graduations and celebrations.


Vatican to Address ‘Educational Emergency’ at World Congress Marking Key Anniversaries
5/11/2015
Marking the anniversaries of two critical Vatican documents on education, the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education is preparing for a World Congress this year to address the growing “educational emergency” in Catholic education.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II Declaration on Christian Education, Gravissium Educationis, issued by Pope Paul VI in 1965, and the 25th anniversary of the Apostolic Constitution on Catholic Universities, Ex corde Ecclesiae, issued by Saint Pope John Paul II in 1990.

But while the anniversaries call for celebration of the important mission of Catholic education, the Congregation for Catholic Education plans to discuss some of the more critical concerns in education when its World Congress meets in Rome on November 18-21.

“As part of these celebrations, the Congregation aims to re-energize the Church’s commitment to education, by means of this World Congress,” the Congregation states on its website. “In the years following the Second Vatican Council, the Magisterium has repeatedly spoken of the importance of education, and has also invited the Christian community to play its part in education – particularly in the face of today’s obvious, and often critical, ‘educational emergency.’”


Faithful Catholics Praise Nuns for Refusing to Participate in LGBT Advocacy
4/27/2015
Faithful Catholics Praise Nuns for Refusing to Participate in LGBT Advocacy (Breitbart)


In Wake of RFRA, Notre Dame Fails to Defend Catholic Values in Indiana
4/27/2015
In Wake of RFRA, Notre Dame Fails to Defend Catholic Values in Indiana (Sycamore Trust)


Student Calls Out Loyola U. Chicago for Promoting Transgender Activist
4/24/2015
Student Calls Out Loyola U. Chicago for Promoting Transgender Activist (The Federalist) 


D.C. House Committee Protects Religious Freedom on Abortion, Not Same-Sex Marriage
4/23/2015
D.C. House Committee Protects Religious Freedom on Abortion, Not Same-Sex Marriage (Life Site News)


Education is Key to Overcoming ISIS Influence, Says Iraqi Bishop
4/22/2015
Education is Key to Overcoming ISIS Influence, Says Iraqi Bishop (National Catholic Register)


Shameless Media Attacks against Abp. Cordileone Persist, ‘Fall Flat’
4/22/2015
Shameless Media Attacks against Abp. Cordileone Persist, ‘Fall Flat’ (Crisis Magazine)


Mercy Is Not Relativism, Argue Cardinal Wuerl and CUA Pres. in Op-Ed to Officials
4/21/2015
Mercy is Not Relativism, Argue Cardinal Wuerl and CUA Pres. in Op-Ed to Officials (The Washington Post)


D.C. Incited ‘Cultural Warfare’ with Unconstitutional Bills, Congress Must Overturn
4/21/2015
D.C. Incited ‘Cultural Warfare’ with Unconstitutional Bills, Congress Must Overturn (The Washington Post)


UST Houston Prof. Writes in Support of Abp. Cordileone
4/21/2015
UST Houston Prof. Writes in Support of Abp. Cordileone (Crisis Magazine)


Destructive Sex Culture Will Continue if Colleges Neglect to Address Sexual Immorality
4/17/2015
Destructive Sex Culture Will Continue if Colleges Neglect to Address Sexual Immorality (First Things)


Wyoming College’s Decision to Forego Federal Aid Protects Catholic Identity
4/17/2015

Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyo., recently became the latest among a small number of American colleges choosing not to participate in the federal student aid program in order to protect their mission from government intrusion.

Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., also does not participate in the federal aid program. Both colleges are recommended in The Newman Guide for their strong Catholic identity.

CNSNews.com interviewed Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly on this development, and he identified some of the threats from the federal government that persuaded Wyoming Catholic to reject the government aid. Although Reilly noted that many Catholic colleges accept federal student aid without compromising their Catholic identity, he agreed with Wyoming Catholic’s apprehension about the future.



Dissenting San Francisco Catholics Call for Archbishop Cordileone’s Removal
4/16/2015
Dissenting San Francisco Catholics Call for Archbishop Cordileone’s Removal (San Francisco Chronicle)


MSNBC Host Claims All Medical Students Should Learn Abortion Procedures
4/15/2015
MSNBC Host Claims All Medical Students Should Learn Abortion Procedures (Life News)


Renewal of Catholic Schools Starts with Return to Classical Education
4/15/2015
Renewal of Catholic Schools Starts with Return to Classical Education (Crisis Magazine)


Former Irish President Slams Church on Women at St. Mary’s College
4/15/2015
Former Irish President Slams Church on Women at St. Mary’s College (The Observer)


Report on Priestly Vocations Finds 51 Percent of Ordinands Attended Catholic School
4/14/2015
Report on Priestly Vocations Finds 51 Percent of Ordinands Attended Catholic School (Word on Fire)


CRS Leader Defines Catholic Education as Imperative for Next Generation
4/10/2015
CRS Leader Defines Catholic Education as Imperative for Next Generation (Catholic Sentinel)


Will Loyola Marymount’s new Catholic president bring renewed Catholic identity?
4/10/2015
Will Loyola Marymount’s New Catholic President Bring Renewed Catholic Identity? (The Los Angeles Loyolan)


Seattle U. newspaper interviews drag queen in preparation for ninth annual campus drag show
4/9/2015
Seattle U. Newspaper Interviews Drag Queen in Preparation for Ninth Annual Campus Drag Show (The Spectator)


Georgetown Newspaper Features “Sex Issue,” Catholic Teaching Largely Ignored
4/9/2015
Georgetown Newspaper Features “Sex Issue,” Catholic Teaching Largely Ignored (The Hoya)


Diocese of Dallas Releases Report on Challenges Facing Catholic Schools
4/9/2015
Diocese of Dallas Releases Report on Challenges Facing Catholic Schools (Catholic Diocese of Dallas)


Univ. of Scranton President Slammed for Promoting Life, Transgender Advocacy at Loyola Univ., and More
4/8/2015
Univ. of Scranton President Slammed for Promoting Life, Transgender Advocacy at Loyola Univ., and More


Vatican official says Cath. colleges have higher calling, Archbishops call for religious protections, and More
4/6/2015
Vatican official says Cath. colleges have higher calling, Archbishops call for religious protections, and More


Mandatum Yanked from Dissenting Theologian, LGBT Retreats at Notre Dame, and More
4/1/2015
Mandatum Yanked from Dissenting Theologian, LGBT Retreats at Notre Dame, and More


News Roundup: Teachers Protest Abp. Cordileone, Pro-ISIS Club Assisted by Barry U. Officials, and More
3/31/2015
News Roundup: Teachers Protest Abp. Cordileone, Pro-ISIS Club Assisted by Barry U. Officials, and More


News Roundup: Newman Society President Calls for Notre Dame to Act, UK Catholic School Fights for Faithful Identity, and More
3/30/2015
News Roundup: Newman Society President Calls for Notre Dame to Act, UK Catholic School Fights for Faithful Identity, and More


News Roundup: Catholic Universities Must Teach Theology, Bishop Denounces Threats to Abolish Catholic Education, and More
3/27/2015
News Roundup: Catholic Universities Must Teach Theology, Bishop Denounces Threats to Abolish Catholic Education, and More


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
News Roundup: Teacher Under Fire by Dissenters, Catholic School Must Be Neutral on Religion, and More


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.


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