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HHS Mandate Accommodation Still Presents Substantial Burden, U.S. Bishops Say
10/9/2014
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) officially submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Despite the “accommodations” made, the HHS mandate remains a substantial burden on religious freedom, according to the USCCB.


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.


Fr. Miscamble: Notre Dame Board Appointment ‘Mistake That Must Be Rectified’
10/7/2014
Writing one day before the Notre Dame Board of Trustees’ meeting, history professor Fr. Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C., argued that the appointment of HHS mandate supporter Katie Washington to the board is a “failure in leadership and judgment” and “a mistake that must be rectified.”


Notre Dame Asks SCOTUS to Void Lower Court Decision in Case against HHS Mandate
10/6/2014
The University of Notre Dame filed paperwork on Friday, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling in light of the Hobby Lobby case and exempt the Catholic university from complying with the HHS mandate, The Observer reported.


Pro-Abortion Rights Gloria Steinem to Speak at St. Norbert College
10/3/2014
Gloria Steinem, who reportedly helped to popularize the phrase, “if men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament,” will be returning to speak at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., next semester.


California Bishops Respond to Abortion Mandate, File Official Complaint
10/2/2014
The California Catholic Conference filed a formal complaint this week with the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services citing civil rights violations committed by the California Department of Managed Health Care.


Pro Life College Tour Meets with Mixed Reactions at Two Catholic Colleges
10/2/2014
Students for Life of America is conducting a national tour to visit 26 college campuses this fall in order to inform students about the Planned Parenthood Project—the initiative which directs students to pro-life services and gives information about Planned Parenthood’s promotion of abortion.


Pro-Abortion Rights Students Protest Cardinal Wuerl at Georgetown
9/30/2014
H*yas for Choice, an unofficial student group at Georgetown University, staged a silent protest before an event in which the University awarded an honorary degree to the Archbishop of Washington, D.C., Cardinal Donald Wuerl, according to The Hoya.


Loyola Marymount U. Complies with California Abortion Mandate
9/30/2014
Loyola Marymount University is now complying with the abortion coverage mandate in California and is covering elective abortions for its employees, according to The Los Angeles Loyolan. The coverage will reportedly last until the end of the policy period.


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.


Students Flout Fordham Policy, Hand out Condoms at University Events
9/25/2014
A new, but unrecognized group of students at Fordham University, the Sex and Gender Equity Safety Students (S.A.G.E.S) Coalition, recently distributed condoms and messages to students who attended the University’s homecoming events, according to The Fordham Ram.


Pro-Life Message at Catholic College Encounters Student Resistance
9/24/2014
The University of Portland’s pro-life group, Voice for Life, received opposition last week in response to its pro-life chalk messages written on campus sidewalks, according to the Catholic institution’s student newspaper. Many students were reportedly offended by the pro-life message. 


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.


Thirty Years after Cuomo’s Controversial Speech at Notre Dame
9/16/2014
Thirty years have passed since Mario Cuomo, the governor of New York from 1983 to 1994, gave a talk to students at the University of Notre Dame on September 13, 1984, entitled “Religious Belief and Public Morality: A Catholic Governor’s Perspective.”


Students Promote ‘Love and Fidelity’ on Catholic Campuses
9/16/2014
Students affiliated with the Love and Fidelity Network are advancing the group’s mission on several Catholic university campuses across the country to promote the institution of marriage, the role of the family in society, and the meaning of sexual integrity.


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.


USF Posts Internship with Politician Opposed to Sex-Selective Abortion Bans
9/12/2014
University of San Francisco is currently advertising a student internship for a politician who opposes bans on sex-selective abortion. The politician, David Chiu, has planned to introduce a resolution stating that sex-selective abortion bans perpetuate racial stereotypes.


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.


Santa Rosa Diocese: Teacher Contract Update Affirming Catholic Teaching Will Happen
9/11/2014
The Santa Rosa Diocese’s contract addendum by which teachers at Catholic schools will affirm their acceptance of Catholic teaching is reportedly still on track for implementation.“There is no intention not to do this [and] it will happen at some point."


Retired Notre Dame Professor Signs ‘Abortion on Demand’ Petition
9/10/2014
Jill Godmilow, a retired professor from the University of Notre Dame, reportedly confirmed to Life Site News that she signed a petition supporting abortion on demand.


California Bishops ‘Distressed’ by Abortion Mandate, Planning Response
9/8/2014
Ned Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, told The Cardinal Newman Society that California’s bishops are “surprised and distressed” by the California Department of Managed Healthcare’s (DMHC) decision and a response is being planned.


Colleges Recommended in Newman Guide Comment on HHS Mandate Accommodation
9/8/2014
Several Catholic colleges and universities recommended in The Newman Guide have issued press releases and statements commenting on the Obama administration’s recent update to the HHS mandate accommodation.


Criticism Mounts over Notre Dame’s Student Health Plan Covering Abortifacients, Contraceptives
9/5/2014
The University of Notre Dame’s recent decision to renew its student health plan—which provides students with free contraceptives and abortifacients as stipulated in the HHS Mandate—was unnecessary and could undermine its lawsuit against the Mandate.


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.”


Lawsuit Seeks Free Speech for Pro-Life Students at University of South Alabama
9/3/2014
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has filed a lawsuit on behalf of students against the University of South Alabama (USA) for restricting the students’ rights to free speech and expression, according to Life News.


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.


Former Polish PM to Speak on Legacy of JPII at Franciscan’s Austria Campus
8/28/2014
Franciscan University of Steubenville issued a news release on Aug. 25 stating that former Polish Prime Minister Hanna Suchocka will speak at an Austrian symposium, held at Franciscan’s study abroad site, on the legacy and contributions of Pope Saint John Paul II.


Newman Society, Legal Groups Warn California Violating Federal Law with Mandatory Abortion Coverage
8/22/2014
The Newman Society joined with two legal groups in a letter notifying a California department that the state may lose federal funds because it is forcing two Catholic universities to cover abortion in insurance plans.


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.


Our Sunday Visitor Reports on Being Pro-Life on College Campuses
8/22/2014
OSV Newsweekly recently published a piece interviewing several people who are making strides for the pro-life movement in higher education. Their experiences highlight some of the challenges of being pro-life on a college campus.


Christian College Secures Victory over HHS Mandate
8/20/2014
Last week, a federal court ruled in favor of Louisiana College in its suit against the HHS mandate ... The decision ruled that the mandate violated the college’s religious freedom.


Analysis: Pro-Abortion Rights Bias in SF Chronicle Coverage of Catholic Universities
8/20/2014
Get Religion recently published an analysis of the bias in a recent San Francisco Chronicle story—surrounding the decisions of two California Catholic universities to limit abortion coverage for employees—which gives precedence to sources with pro-abortion rights views.


Pro-Life Culture at Christendom Bears Fruit at Pregnancy Center
8/19/2014
“Where the rubber hits the road.” These are the words used by Christendom College alumna Mary Brand (’98) to describe her local crisis pregnancy center, and others like it.


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.


Marquette to Honor Pro-Abortion Rights Congressman at New Student Convocation
8/8/2014
On August 20, Marquette University is slated to confer on Georgia congressman John Lewis an honorary Doctor of Letters degree, as well as the privilege of addressing the incoming class of 2018 at the New Student Convocation, according to a press release.


Georgetown Professor Named Counsel to Vice President Joe Biden
8/8/2014
Georgetown University Law Center professor Victoria Nourse will now serve as counsel to Vice President Joe Biden, according to a press release from the University.


Pro-Life Counseling Service Helps Pregnant College Students, Celebrates Milestone
8/7/2014
Heartbeat International is a network of pro-life ministries intended to meet the various needs of those facing unplanned pregnancies, and its pregnancy helpline is reachable by phone, text message, email, or live chat, to provide support for women in need.


Changes to HHS Mandate ‘Accommodation Process’ Coming, Says Obama Admin.
7/23/2014
In response to the U.S. Supreme Court's order granting a Christian college temporary relief from the HHS mandate, the Obama administration is promising to "augment" the mandate's "accommodation process" within the next month.


Use Religious Freedom to Evangelize the Culture, Argues Bishop Conley
7/15/2014
In an article about the importance of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case, Bishop James Conley of the Lincoln Diocese sounded a call for the importance of evangelization in the face of aggressive secularization.


Thomas Aquinas College Student Bears Witness to Culture of Life
7/15/2014
Thomas Aquinas College student Heather Waldorf is currently participating in a twelve week cross-country walk to "promote the pro-life cause" and "bear witness to the culture of life," according to the College.


Sen. Bob Casey Gives Graduation Speech for Notre Dame’s Catholic Education Program
7/14/2014
The Alliance for Catholic Education program hosted U.S. Senator Bob Casey to deliver the commencement speech at the graduation ceremony for master’s degree recipients this past weekend


Gonzaga Alumni Group Calls for New ‘Sexual Revolution’ Embracing Catholic Teaching
7/8/2014
In its latest bulletin, the alumni group 1887 Trust pointed to the words of Pope Francis, who in January of this year spoke of the need for Catholic colleges to give "uncompromising witness" to the "Church's moral teaching, and the defense of her freedom."


Loyola Chicago Honors Alumni with Ties to Groups that Oppose Catholic Teaching
7/7/2014
During its recent Founders Dinner event, Loyola University Chicago honored a group of alumni, some of whom have ties to organizations that advocate positions contrary to Catholic moral teaching.


Supreme Court Action Protects Religious College
7/4/2014
The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a temporary injunction against enforcement of the HHS mandate for the evangelical Christian Wheaton College, despite the Obama administration’s arguments that its “accommodation” to the HHS mandate does not place a substantial burden on the college’s religious freedom.


Happy Independence Week for Catholic Educators, Religious Freedom
7/3/2014
In addition to the Supreme Court's landmark ruling Monday subsequent federal rulings may hold far-reaching, positive consequences for Catholic schools, colleges and other religious nonprofit organizations.


Hobby Lobby Ruling Supports Challenge to HHS Mandate, Says Thomas Aquinas College
7/2/2014
President Dr. Michael McLean announced in a statement that the College has submitted a letter in a federal court arguing that the recent verdict supports the College's challenge to the HHS mandate.


Wyoming Catholic College, Cheyenne Diocese Win Relief from HHS Mandate
7/2/2014
Now, reports the Becket Fund, the plaintiffs "join the 80%+of HHS legal challenges that have resulted in favorable rulings supporting religious freedom."


Catholic University of America Profs Win Pro-Life Victories at Supreme Court
7/1/2014
In recent weeks, law professors at The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law have played major roles in three victories at the U.S. Supreme Court.


Belmont Abbey College: Supreme Court Ruling on HHS Mandate a ‘Meaningful Victory’
7/1/2014
President Thierfelder said, “With the continuing help of the Becket Fund, we are inspired to fight on and we are confident that the resolution of our case will further help to ensure religious freedom for all.”


Cheered by Ruling on HHS Mandate, Catholic Educators Await Their Day in Court
6/30/2014
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled today that theowners of Hobby Lobby stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties are not required tocomply with the HHS mandate because of the owners’ religious beliefs.


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