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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Fordham Students Announce ‘Sexual Health Network’ for Contraceptive Distribution
3/2/2015
An unofficial student organization at Fordham University, which has been petitioning the administration to forfeit its Catholic identity by allowing student access to contraceptives on campus, among other demands, has plans to launch a “sexual health network” for students.


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.


‘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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Ontario Catholic Schools Required to Adopt Curriculum Encouraging Sexual Immorality
1/19/2015
Catholic schools in Ontario, Canada, will be unable to opt out of a mandatory sexual education curriculum that will allegedly encourage immoral sexual activity and teachings contrary to the Catholic Church, according to Life Site News.


Janet Smith to Discuss Reproductive Technology Ethics at Franciscan Univ.
1/13/2015
Smith, the Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, will address questions such as "What is wrong with artificial insemination?" and "How does in vitrofertilization conflict with the Catholic Church's teaching on human life and marriage?"


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.


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.


Oral Arguments Heard in Case against HHS Mandate
12/9/2014
Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire of the Little Sisters of the Poor presented oral arguments before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals for the case representing more than 400 Catholic organizations in the Christian Brothers Employee Benefit Trust, including The Cardinal Newman Society.


Fairfield Hosts President of U.S. Fund for UNICEF
12/5/2014
Fairfield University recently hosted the president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Caryl Stern, for the Jesuit university’s annual Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lectureship, despite UNICEF’s ties to the promotion of abortion and contraception.


‘Fight Not Done’ over HHS Mandate, Says Thomas Aquinas College President
11/28/2014
Dr. Michael McLean, president of Thomas Aquinas College (TAC) in Santa Paula, Calif., recently spoke with host Molly Smith on her show "From the Median" about TAC's courtroom battle against the HHS mandate.


Head of Univ.'s Presidential Search Committee Chaired Org. That Gave Thousands to Planned Parenthood
11/19/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society recently learned that the person chosen to lead the search for Loyola Marymount University's new president has served as board chair for an organization that has given more than half of $1 million to Planned Parenthood.


St. Michael’s College Features Alumnus Senator Who Opposes Church Teaching
11/14/2014
St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt., recently featured an interview with U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy in its alumni magazine and on its website, despite Leahy’s record of opposing Church teaching on issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage.


‘Pride and Ambivalence’ Mark Young Catholics’ Attitude to Church, Study Says
11/14/2014
Young Catholics are adopting an attitude of disregard for Church teaching while decidedly remaining Catholic, according to results from a study recently announced by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Hobby Lobby ‘Not a Victory for Religious Freedom,’ Speaker Tells Students at Santa Clara
11/10/2014
Leslie Griffin, a law professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, recently spoke to students at Santa Clara University arguing that the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling limited women’s rights and was not a victory for religious freedom, The Santa Clara reported.


Pro-Life Talk at Seattle University Sees Student Backlash
11/5/2014
Seattle University’s Students for Life club recently hosted Serrin Foster, president of Feminists for Life, an organization dedicated to providing resources and alternative options to women considering abortion.


Religious Freedom at Catholic Institutions May Be Threatened after D.C. Bills Pass First Vote
10/29/2014
Two controversial  bills passed their first reading and vote as part of the D.C. Council Consent Agenda on Tuesday, Oct. 28. The final passage of the bills may seriously violate the religious freedom of Catholic educational institutions in the city.



Ave Maria Wins Relief from HHS Mandate, President Towey Says Battle ‘Far from Over’
10/28/2014
The order from the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida is the first "enjoining the government's latest attempt to coerce religious organizations via an 'augmented rule' that it issued last August," stated the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.


Catholic Educators Appeal to Obama Administration for Relief from HHS Mandate
10/27/2014
Today a coalition including The Cardinal Newman Society, leaders of Catholic schools and colleges, and the expert attorneys of the Alliance Defending Freedom told the Obama administration that its latest rule still “directly violates the religious liberty of organizations and individuals.”


Helen Hull Hitchcock ‘Awakened the Voices of Faithful Catholic Women’
10/22/2014
Helen Hull Hitchcock, founding director of Women for Faith and Family, passed away due to complications from a burst aneurysm on Oct. 20, 2014, at the age of 75.


Students from Christendom College Offer ‘Strong Presence’ at Annual Walk for Life
10/20/2014
Students from Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., recently participated in the Annual Walk for Life hosted by the Front Royal Pregnancy Center, the College reported on its website. The students were recognized for their enthusiasm, strong presence, and a significant donation.


Knights of Columbus to Receive Notre Dame Award for Pro-Life Efforts
10/20/2014
The medal, inspired by Pope St. John Paul II’s papal encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, recognizes pro-life advocacy and “those who have worked to help build a culture of life and respect for the sanctity of life.”


Rockhurst University to Host Symposium with Newspaper Condemned by Bishop
10/14/2014
Rockhurst University, a Catholic institution in Kansas City, Mo., is set to cosponsor a symposium with the National Catholic Reporter on November 1, 2014, according to the University.


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.


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.


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