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Scandalous Commencement Honors Announced at Eight Catholic Colleges
4/22/2015
At least eight Catholic colleges have announced scandalous speakers or honorees at their 2015 commencement ceremonies, according to The Cardinal Newman Society’s annual review of college graduations. Many colleges wait to release the names of their honorees and speakers, so it is too soon to know if this represents an improvement over last year’s report, which exposed at least 20 scandalous commencement ceremonies. 

In 2004, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released a document requiring Catholic institutions to withhold honors and platforms from public opponents of Church teaching. The document, Catholics in Political Life, stipulates that “[t]he Catholic community should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.” 

The Cardinal Newman Society has identified the following Catholic colleges that are acting in direct contradiction to their Catholic mission of education.


Most Catholic College Alumni in House of Representatives Vote for Abortion
4/14/2015

Catholic colleges and law schools can proudly claim 65 alumni in the U.S. House of Representatives—which amounts to 15 percent of the House, about double the Catholic share of four-year colleges in the United States. But The Cardinal Newman Society has found that more than half of these Catholic college alumni—38 in total—have records on abortion that should mortify their alma maters. 

Most of them are rated 100 percent by pro-abortion organizations such as the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) and Planned Parenthood. The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) has rated many of them at zero percent on important life issues. 

Of the 38 total representatives with scandalous records, 27 attended Jesuit institutions. More than a quarter of them, a total of 11, attended Georgetown University.



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


Catholic Schools Are ‘Vehicles’ of Pro-Life Movement, Say Pro-Life Leaders
3/27/2015
With a growing emphasis on the Church's pro-life teachings in Catholic education and demand for pro-life curricula, Catholic schools have the opportunity to become indispensable “vehicles” in the pro-life movement, said The Cardinal Newman Society’s Dr. Jamie Arthur.


‘Right Thing to Do’: Sens. Cruz, Lankford Make Last-Ditch Effort to Protect D.C. Religious Schools
3/20/2015
With only three weeks remaining for Congress to overturn two Washington, D.C., laws that violate the religious freedom of Catholic schools and colleges—as well as other religious and pro-life organizations—Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and James Lankford of Oklahoma have done the “right thing” by introducing joint resolutions this week, said The Cardinal Newman Society’s Bob Laird.

The District’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA) and the Human Rights Amendment Act (HRAA) were signed into law by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser in January, despite significant concerns by The Cardinal Newman Society, The Catholic University of America, the D.C. Catholic Conference, and Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl. Several other D.C.-based organizations—both religious and pro-life—have called on Congress to protect their constitutional rights to religious practice and free speech.


Notre Dame’s Compromised Legacy on Life Issues Depends on Faculty, Alumni Say
3/16/2015
The University of Notre Dame has had a more-than complicated history with right-to-life issues. The pro-Catholic identity alumni group Sycamore Trust recently observed that the University’s pro-life character depends on ensuring a majority of pro-life faculty on campus, but studies have shown minimal support for the issue among professors.


President of Jesuit Univ. Pro-Life Club Applauds Decision to End Abortion Coverage
3/13/2015
A student from the University of Scranton told The Cardinal Newman Society that he is “proud of the University” for its recent decision to end all abortion coverage in order to uphold its Catholic identity.


Notre Dame Professor Wants Church to Rewrite Teaching on Sexuality and Marriage
3/13/2015
The Catholic Church’s teaching on sexuality and marriage is “philosophically untenable and theologically unnecessary,” according to Gary Gutting. The Notre Dame philosophy professor is recommending that the Church abandon its teachings on marriage and human sexuality.


Catholic College Holds Line on No Abortion Coverage while Planned Parenthood Protests
3/12/2015
In response to the University of Scranton’s decision to fortify its Catholic identity by ending all abortion coverage in insurance plans, Planned Parenthood and Concerned Clergy for Choice staged a protest a few blocks from the University’s campus, according to The Times-Tribune.


Congress Needs to Overturn Unconstitutional D.C. Laws, Say Heritage Foundation Scholars
3/10/2015
Congress has a responsibility to stop two unconstitutional bills due to their potential to severely impede religious freedom in the District of Columbia, Ryan Anderson and Sarah Torre contend in a recent issue brief from The Heritage Foundation.


Supreme Court Tells Lower Court to Reconsider Notre Dame HHS Mandate Case
3/9/2015
Momentum is on the side of religious organizations against the HHS mandate, Mark Rienzi of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is arguing, in light of the latest U.S. Supreme Court move directing a lower court to reconsider its ruling against the University of Notre Dame.


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.


Georgetown Prof Tells Students ‘You Have a Right’ to Contraception at Event with Planned Parenthood
3/6/2015
An unofficial student group at Georgetown University recently held a sexual health panel on campus featuring representatives from Planned Parenthood and a University nursing professor. The event included information on how to obtain contraceptives.


Archbishop Criticizes Xavier Univ. (La.) for Choice of Commencement Honorees
3/5/2015
Archbishop Aymond of New Orleans recently expressed his disappointment in some of Xavier University of Louisiana’s honorary degree recipient selections for its 2015 commencement. Several of the University’s honoree choices support positions contrary to Catholic teaching.


HHS Delaying Decision on Unconstitutional Abortion Mandate in California
3/4/2015
California’s coercive abortion mandate—which would force Catholic universities and other organizations to violate their beliefs and provide health coverage for elective abortions—is still under investigation, and some are criticizing the administration for taking too much time.


Cardinal Wuerl: Catholics Should Speak up for Faith amidst Religious Freedom Attacks
3/3/2015
This Lent gives Catholics a perfect opportunity to defend the faith, argued Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington in a recent post critiquing the double standard presented by two Washington, D.C., laws attacking the religious freedom of Catholic schools.


Catholic Elms College to Host Pro-Abortion Rights Congressman as Commencement Speaker
2/25/2015
The College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, Mass., is set to host Congressman John Lewis of Georgia as the College’s 2015 commencement speaker, according to a news release, despite his voting record consistently in favor of legal abortion.


Planned Parenthood Charges ‘Cruel Indifference’ after Jesuit Univ. Scraps Abortion Coverage
2/24/2015
Planned Parenthood is attacking the University of Scranton following its announcement that—in line with the Jesuit university’s Catholic identity—faculty and staff health care would no longer include coverage for abortion in cases of rape, incest, and for the mother’s life.


Citing Catholic Identity, Univ. of Scranton to Scrap Insurance Coverage for Abortion in All Cases
2/18/2015
The University of Scranton plans to no longer include coverage for abortion in cases of rape, incest, and for the mother’s life in the University’s faculty and staff health care plans, according to a recent presidential announcement.


CUA, Washington Archdiocese Join USCCB Urging Congress to Protect Religious Freedom
2/10/2015
The Catholic University of America and the Archdiocese of Washington have joined the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in sending a letter to Congress asking legislators to disapprove two recently passed laws in Washington, D.C., that attack religious freedom.


‘Human Rights’ Include Religious Freedom
2/6/2015
The concept of human rights has been misused to silence traditional understandings of marriage and family. The most recent example of this misappropriation is the District of Columbia's attack on the religious freedom of religious schools and organizations, argues Kathryn Lopez.


Notre Dame Trustees Elect Fr. Jenkins to Third Term as President despite Catholic Identity Concerns
2/5/2015
The University of Notre Dame recently announced that Father John Jenkins, C.S.C. has been elected by the Board of Trustees to serve a third five-year term as president of the University, despite the many instances of Catholic identity abuse that have occurred during his tenure.


Internships with Abortion Advocacy Group to Continue at Catholic College, Says Prof
2/4/2015
The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota is promoting internships with the National Organization for Women, despite the group’s outspoken support for legal abortion. A UST representative indicated to the Newman Society that the internships will continue.


Abortion Advocacy Internships Promoted by Loyola Marymount Univ. Department
2/2/2015
Loyola Marymount University's political science department is promoting internships for an abortion advocacy organization, despite the University's Catholic identity.


Court Date Set for EWTN HHS Mandate Hearing
1/29/2015
Oral arguments for EWTN's case against the HHS mandate will be heard on February 4, 2015, at the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. EWTN is one of many organizations, including several Catholic colleges, with cases working their way through the courts.


Students Protest Pro-Life Conference at Georgetown
1/28/2015
The 16th annual Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life, held last weekend by pro-life groups at Georgetown University, was met with protests from the unofficial student group H*yas for Choice, according to The Hoya.


Faithful Catholic College Students Joined Tens of Thousands in West Coast Walk for Life
1/28/2015
The Walk for Life is the largest pro-life demonstration in the Western United States, second in the nation to only the National March for Life in Washington, D.C., and draws large crowds of youth and college students each year.


Mayor Signs Coercive Bills Damaging Religious Freedom of D.C. Catholic Schools, Colleges
1/27/2015
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser has signed into law two bills that will severely damage the religious freedom of Catholic educational institutions and organizations in the nation’s capital.


University of Mary Lecture Series to Provide Ethical ‘Insight on Timely Issues’
1/27/2015
The School of Health Sciences at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., will host Dr. Nikolas Nikas for a bioethics lecture series from Jan. 27-28, the University recently announced.


Photo Journal: Catholic College and High School Students at 2015 March for Life
1/26/2015
Catholic college and high school students from distant corners of the country gathered in Washington, D.C., last Thursday to join the hundreds of thousands of people marching in the 42nd annual March for Life.


Ignoring Bishop, St. Norbert College ‘Adds Insult to Injury’
1/26/2015
St. Norbert College's decision to go ahead with hosting prominent abortion-rights advocate Gloria Steinem is both offensive to its bishop and reflects a deeper misconception about its Catholic identity, argued Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly in a recent interview.


Thousands of Students from Faithful Catholic Colleges to Attend 2015 March for Life
1/22/2015
Students and community members from the faithful Catholic colleges and universities recommended in The Newman Guide—about 3,000 of them, according to estimates—are traveling to Washington, D.C., this week to participate in the 42nd annual March for Life.


16th Annual Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life at Georgetown Set for This Week
1/22/2015
The Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life will be held this Saturday, Jan. 24, at Georgetown University, on the heels of the March for Life in Washington, D.C. This year’s keynote speaker will be Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston.


Notre Dame Students Attend 2015 March for Life
1/22/2015
Approximately 700 students, faculty, staff, and alumni from the University of Notre Dame are participating in the 42nd annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., today, according to a University news release.


Catholic High Schools Bringing Students from Far and Near to Attend 2015 March for Life
1/21/2015
On Thursday, January 22, thousands of teenagers from Catholic high schools across the country will gather on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to participate in the 42nd annual March for Life.


North Dakota Catholic School Students Leading 2015 March for Life
1/21/2015
Students from Catholic schools across the state of North Dakota will be carrying the banner and leading the 2015 March for Life in Washington, D.C., this Thursday.


Most Catholic College Alumni in U.S. Senate Support Abortion Rights
1/20/2015
An analysis of the current U.S. Senate reveals that, of senators who attended Catholic colleges and universities, most have either voted or taken a public position in support of abortion rights, despite unchanging Catholic teaching on the dignity of human life.


Planned Parenthood, NARAL Join Fordham Students in Demanding Contraceptives
1/20/2015
Students for Sex and Gender Equality and Safety (SAGES), an unofficial student group at Fordham University that has petitioned for student access to contraceptives on campus, was joined at a rally last semester by representatives from pro-abortion organizations.


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.


Loyola Chicago’s MLK Celebration to Feature Speaker Who Thanked God for Abortion
1/12/2015
Loyola University Chicago (LUC), despite its Catholic identity, is set to host a pro-abortion rights journalist, who once thanked God for abortion on television, as the keynote speaker of the Jesuit university’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on January 21.


Thanks to Notre Dame, Mario Cuomo’s Speech Became ‘Holy Writ’ for Pro-Choice Catholics
1/9/2015
The University of Notre Dame helped to damage the pro-life cause and also provided a valuable resource to pro-abortion Catholics when it hosted late New York governor Mario Cuomo for his infamous speech more than thirty years ago, said William Dempsey, chairman of the Sycamore Trust.


Bishop Ricken Issues Statement Strongly Opposing St. Norbert’s Invite to Gloria Steinem
1/8/2015
"As bishop, I have the responsibility to ensure the Catholic identity of the Catholic colleges in our diocese," said Bishop Ricken of the Green Bay Diocese. "I have conveyed my strong disapproval to the abbot, the president of the college and the chair of the Board of Trustees."


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.


D.C. Legislation Jeopardizing Religious Freedom Places Church ‘at a Crossroad’
1/6/2015
The unanimous approval of two bills jeopardizing the religious freedom of The Catholic University of America and Catholic institutions in D.C. has effectively placed the Church and its associated institutions “at a crossroad,” remarked Robert Laird, in a recent Crisis Magazine piece.


Dr. William May Overcame Dissent to Become Leading Pro-Life Bioethicist
12/23/2014
The late theologian Dr. William May’s short-lived dissent led to his hiring in 1971 by The Catholic University of America where he went on to attain great influence as a leading pro-life bioethicist, according to a recent piece by Connie Marshner at Human Life Review.


Fordham Univ. Seeks ‘Room for Compromise’ With Condom Advocates
12/19/2014
Faced with pressure from an unofficial student group to provide free condoms and on-campus access to birth control, Fordham University officials have opened a “dialogue” with advocates while continuing to assert the Jesuit university’s Catholic identity.


‘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.


Pro-Life Publication at Catholic U. Named a Best Journal
12/17/2014
A pro-life academic journal, published by students at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C., was recently recognized by an award from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and the Collegiate Network.


Internships with Pro-Abortion Groups Listed, Then Removed from Catholic College Website
12/12/2014
The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota (UST) was recently discovered to have listed volunteer opportunities for students with abortion advocacy organizations, though the information has since been removed.


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