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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.


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.


St. Gregory’s U. Features Student Involvement in Pro-Life Walk Crossroads
8/18/2014
A junior at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Okla., united with other college students this summer for the twentieth Annual Crossroads Pro-life Walk, the University recently reported on its website.


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.


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.


Judge Rules against EWTN’s Legal Challenge to HHS Mandate
6/18/2014
“The opinion issued is clearly inconsistent with the decisions reached in nearly all of the cases decided to date,” said Eternal Word Television Network CEO Michael Warsaw.


Court Removes Relief from HHS Mandate Granted to Aquinas College, Other Plaintiffs
6/18/2014
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati reversed itself by withdrawing the temporary injunction from the HHS mandate granted last January to Aquinas College.


Catholic Education Is Key to Renewing Family Life in Society
6/18/2014
Fr. C. John McCloskey places great emphasis on the importance of Catholic education in his recommended remedies to reverse the Culture of Death and promote family life.


U.S. Bishops Call for Prayer, Education, Action in Fortnight for Freedom
6/17/2014
The Fortnight takes place during a time, the bishops note, “when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power...”


Notre Dame Could Be ‘Only Catholic Litigant’ Held to HHS Mandate, Warns Alumnus
6/16/2014
The chairman of the Sycamore Trust, a group of Notre Dame alumni committed to strengthening its Catholic identity, wrote a letter arguing that the University should remove a recently appointed board member who supports the HHS mandate.


Alumni Launch Novena for ‘Flourishing and Faithfulness’ of Gonzaga University
6/12/2014
The 1887 Trust, an organization committed to strengthening and promoting the Catholic identity of Gonzaga University, is urging Catholics to join the organization in praying a novena for the University to St. Aloysius Gonzaga.


Media Research Center Case against HHS Mandate Awaits Decision
6/11/2014
Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia reportedly said he would examine the case further and “would issue a written ruling in the coming weeks.”


Federal Court Exempts Hundreds of Catholic Employers from HHS Mandate
6/10/2014
A federal court has decided that a recently formed coalition called The Catholic Benefits Association, which represents more than 450 employers and 19,000 employees, is exempt from the Obama administration’s HHS mandate.


Alumni to Notre Dame: Arrange for Departure of Trustee Who Supports HHS Mandate
6/9/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society broke the news last month that Notre Dame named to its Board of Trustees Katie Washington, who has publicly supported the HHS mandate and criticized the U.S. bishops’ opposition to it.


Diocese of Greensburg, Catholic School File Suit over HHS Mandate
5/28/2014
Greensburg Bishop Lawrence Brandt reportedly called the HHS Mandate a “direct affront to our religious freedoms.”


Federal Court Halts Enforcement of HHS Mandate for Two Christian Colleges
5/23/2014
The lawsuit reportedly argued that “the mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as well as the First and Fifth amendments to the U.S. Constitution.”


Notre Dame Selects Trustee Who Advocated HHS Mandate, Criticized Bishops
5/22/2014
Notre Dame, which sued the federal government over the HHS mandate, has just named a new member to its Board who has publicly supported the mandate and criticized the U.S. bishops’ opposition to it.


Cheyenne Diocese, Wyoming Catholic College Denied Injunctive Relief from HHS Mandate
5/14/2014
Judge Scott Skavdahl, a President Barack Obama appointee, denied the request to grant temporary relief to the organizations while the lawsuit challenging the mandate is running its course.


Media Research Center Files Unique Lawsuit Challenging HHS Mandate
5/14/2014
In the suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, MRC is the first organization to affirm its "self-certification" as an exempt organization based upon its Judeo-Christian beliefs.


Some Seton Hall Faculty Oppose Catholic Author Mary Eberstadt as Graduation Speaker
5/6/2014
Mary Eberstadt is a Catholic author who has written extensively about the culture of life, the damage of contraception, and the need for families to focus on raising children.


Thomas Aquinas College Prays Novena for HHS Mandate Case
4/30/2014
The novena begins today, April 30, and will end on May 8—the day that the District of Columbia Circuit Court will hear the federal government’s appeal of TAC’s victory over the HHS mandate.


FOCUS Granted Preliminary Injunction from HHS Mandate
4/25/2014
FOCUS, a non-profit Catholic organization which employs more than 400 people, is a campus-based outreach program that brings Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church to students at colleges and universities.


Loyola University of Maryland to Honor Pro-Abortion Rights Mark Shriver
4/23/2014
The University’s website also touts Shriver being senior vice president of U.S. Programs at Save the Children, a pro-contraceptive charity reportedly associated with Planned Parenthood.


Birth Control Advocate to Be Honored at St. John’s University Graduation
4/22/2014
St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y., recently announced that Hugh Evans, the CEO of Global Poverty Project and a strong proponent of birth control as a means of erasing poverty, will be honored with a doctor of laws degree.


James Dobson’s Ministry Granted Injunction from HHS Mandate
4/22/2014
In a decision with implications for religious freedom advocates, a U.S. District Judge has issued an injunction preventing the federal government from imposing the HHS mandate on Dobson's radio ministry.


ACLU Supports HHS Mandate against Wyoming Catholic Groups
4/16/2014
The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking to insert itself on the side of the government and against the Catholic organizations in Wyoming, including Wyoming Catholic College, that are resisting the HHS mandate.


Pro-Abortion Rights Howard Dean to Keynote Event at Benedictine University in Illinois
4/15/2014
Benedictine University in Illinois will host former presidential candidate and past Vermont governor Howard Dean as its keynote speaker at an event discussing politics and Obamacare.


Notre Dame Alumni: Fr. Jenkins Comments on HHS Mandate ‘Startling’
4/14/2014
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.”


Notre Dame Petitions Court for Rehearing in HHS Mandate Case
4/9/2014
The petition filed by the University argues that Notre Dame seeks to provide health coverage to its employees “in a manner consistent with its Catholic beliefs.” 


Wyoming Catholic College Gets Temporary Stay after Complaint against HHS Mandate
4/2/2014
WCC President Kevin Roberts stated, “this College will not and cannot accept an unjust law that violates our first freedom, for practicing that freedom is the very reason that Wyoming Catholic College exists.”


Group of Students Wants to Provide Free Contraception at Villanova
4/2/2014
Modeling itself after a similar group called H*yas for Choice at Georgetown University, the group would seek to provide a condom delivery service.


Supreme Court Denies Early Review of Some Lawsuits against HHS Mandate
4/1/2014
The cases will continue in the Court of Appeals in the Washington D.C. Circuit and the option of either the plaintiffs or defendants appealing the federal court’s decision is still available.


Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming Catholic College Request Injunction from HHS Mandate
3/31/2014
This motion is in addition to the lawsuit filed by the institutions earlier this year.


Georgia Catholic Non-Profits Not Subject to HHS Mandate, Judge Says
3/28/2014
In his decision, U.S. District Judge William Duffey reportedly ruled that the Obama administration is not permitted to enforce the mandate as it would violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.


Editor of ISI College Guide Explains Why Gonzaga Was Dropped
3/26/2014
The 1887 Trust organization is pointing to the Jesuit University’s exclusion from the most recent edition of “Choosing the Right College” to call the University to recommit to its Catholic identity.


Ave Maria President Offers Commentary on Supreme Court HHS Mandate Case
3/26/2014
“Their debate will provide insights into what might ultimately happen with our lawsuit (that has been stayed pending the high court’s ruling),” said Ave Maria University President Jim Towey.


Cardinal Burke Tells Parents to be ‘Especially Vigilant,’ Laments Infidelity of Catholic Colleges
3/25/2014
“Adults, young people and children must be educated about the central moral questions of the day,” said Cardinal Raymond Burke.


Fairfield U. to Host Sr. Campbell for Lecture, Cites Role as ‘Advocate for Change’ in Church
3/25/2014
Fairfield University is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program on campus by hosting a lecture by "Nuns on the Bus" activist Sr. Simone Campbell.


Students Hold ‘Choice Week’ Promoting Abortion at Georgetown University
3/25/2014
A group of Georgetown University students plans to attend Planned Parenthood’s rally at the U.S. Supreme Court as the Hobby Lobby case over the HHS contraceptive mandate is heard.


Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Hobby Lobby Case
3/25/2014
The Supreme Court today is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases against the Obama Administration’s HHS mandate, with implications for Catholic colleges and religious freedom.


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