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Bishop Dewane: Families Have ‘Right to Know’ Which Theology Professors Have Mandatum
5/28/2015
If a Catholic college cannot assure that its theology professors are imparting the truths of the faith, then families should look to more faithful Catholic institutions, suggested Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Fla., in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society.

Sound theology is the heart of Catholic higher education; it helps students direct their learning, explore the beauty of the faith and better understand their relationship with God and the Church. Therefore the Church provides the academic mandatum, an acknowledgment by the local bishop of a “professor’s commitment and responsibility to teach authentic Catholic doctrine and to refrain from putting forth as Catholic teaching anything contrary to the Church’s magisterium,” according to the U.S. bishops’ guidelines.

Referencing Ex corde Ecclesiae, the Vatican’s constitution on Catholic universities, Bishop Dewane noted that professors who have obtained the mandatum help Catholic colleges fulfill their mission. “It says that Catholicism is present and operative at such institutions. More profoundly, the individual professor evidences that desire to teach in communion, to express what the teachings of the Church are,” he said.

Still, it is not easy to find out which professors have obtained the mandatum. Many professors and Catholic colleges refuse to reveal such information, even to the students and their families.

Consequently, “it is in the interest of students and families who have this concern to go to universities and say, ‘How many of the professors in the theology department have taken the mandatum?’” Bishop Dewane advised. “And if somebody can’t answer that for them, then I think they have every right to make a very clear decision” by choosing a more appropriate institution.


Catholic Students Prepare for Business Careers, Vocations at Unique Workshop
5/15/2015

With the conviction that a business career can be an important and valuable vocation rooted in Catholic social teaching, the Catholic University of America’s School of Business and Economics and The Cardinal Newman Society co-hosted a “Catholic Business Career Discernment Day” for Catholic college students on May 11.

Students interested in pursuing careers in business were given a chance to hone their networking skills, speak to successful businesspeople, and learn how a business career can be pursued in a faithful Catholic manner. The workshop was attended by students from Ave Maria University, Belmont Abbey College, Catholic University of America (CUA), the College of the Holy Cross, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Thomas Aquinas College, and the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts.

Newman Society President Patrick Reilly told participants that CUA’s business school was a perfect host and organizer of the event, because of its unique synthesis of faith and business skills, especially in its Master of Science in Business Analysis (MSBA) program for students who did not major in business as undergraduates


Congress to Vote on Law that ‘Takes Away Our Right in Catholic Schools’ to Teach Faith
4/29/2015
Down to the wire—and despite indications last week from Republican leadership aides that there were no plans to schedule a vote to overturn the District of Columbia’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (RHNDA)—a floor vote has been scheduled Friday on House Joint Resolution 43, according to the D.C. Catholic Conference. Debate is scheduled to begin Thursday, April 30. 

“If RHNDA becomes law, then it takes away our right in Catholic schools to control our message and to control what we teach our children,” said Tom Burnford, education secretary for the Archdiocese of Washington, in an interview today with The Cardinal Newman Society. “Catholic schools would be obliged to keep teachers that sow confusion amongst their students.”

RHNDA will go into effect after May 2, if Congress does not act to stop it. House Joint Resolution 43, sponsored by pro-life Congresswoman Diane Black, was reportedly held back by Republican leaders but then was scheduled for a vote today after conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus demanded action.


Liberal Arts Not Obstacle for Catholic Students Seeking Business Careers, Experts Argue
4/15/2015
Catholic students with a background in the liberal arts are well-suited to lead successful careers in business, even as they continue to live out their faith, two prominent educators told The Cardinal Newman Society in interviews this week.

Sometimes Catholic students who have immersed themselves in the truth, beauty and goodness of the liberal arts can discount business as a career, or even look down on the practical realities of the private sector. But they might be mistaken on both accounts, educators say.

Catholics can live out their vocations in the world of business “by applying the principles of solidarity, subsidiarity and respect for human dignity to their everyday decision making,” Stewart McHie, director of the Master of Science of Business Analysis (MSBA) program at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C., told the Newman Society.

Dr. Andrew Abela, dean of the School of Business at CUA and an expert in business ethics, concurs that Catholic values are directly applicable to a career in business. “All of business, including accounting and finance, is properly understood to be oriented to serving the human person, whether that person be customer, employee, supplier, investor or neighbor,” he said.


Prominent CEO Carolyn Woo Speaks Out for Faithful Catholic Education
4/1/2015
“When salt loses its flavor, what does it become?”

That’s the question that Dr. Carolyn Woo asks of Catholic colleges, echoing Christ’s warning to believers who allow their faith to become stale. Woo isn’t one of them. Recently, she has had all the zeal of an apostle for faithful Catholic education.

The accomplished educator and nonprofit leader took to the pages of America magazine a few weeks ago to urge the University of Notre Dame to retain its theology requirements for undergraduates, which may be threatened by proposals under consideration as part of the University’s 10-year curriculum review.

“To form leaders of faith, to be the places where the Church does her thinking, to fight against the caricature of God proposed by our secular culture, Catholic universities must offer more than ‘Theology Lite,’” Woo wrote. “In all the efforts to define learning goals for a Catholic university, how about ‘to know God’ as a starter?”


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.”


‘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.


Catholic Univ. Summer Programs Give High School Students Jumpstart for College
3/17/2015
The summer experience is built to allow students to participate in CUA's engineering, drama, or architecture programs, get a taste for college life, and enjoy recreational activities in the nation's capital.


Marian Expert to Headline Catholic University’s Blessed Virgin Mary Art Conference
3/12/2015
Co-sponsored by the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), the event will allow students to discuss and explore the influence that the Blessed Virgin Mary has had throughout history.


Cardinal Edward Egan, Former Archbishop of New York, Passes Away at 82
3/9/2015
The Archdiocese of New York recently announced that Cardinal Edward Egan, Archbishop Emeritus of New York, passed away on March 5 at the age of 82. Cardinal Egan played a significant role in and was a constant supporter of Catholic education.


Catholic Univ. Eagerly Awaiting Lecture from Alumnus Cardinal Tagle
2/25/2015
Cardinal Tagle will speak on the 50th anniversary of Gaudium et Spes, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, on March 2. The lecture is sponsored by the School of Theology and Religious Studies.


Celebration Honoring CUA-Grad Archbishop Sheen to Draw Students Closer to the Saints
2/13/2015
Sister Maria Frassati Jakupcak, co-chair of Sheen Legacy Committee at CUA, related that the University chose to celebrate Archbishop Sheen this semester because this March marks the 75th anniversary of his first appearance on television.


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.


Catholic U. President to Co-Lead Event on ‘Calling of Faith-Based Universities’
2/3/2015
Universities rooted in traditions of faith are apt at determining their purposes, President John Garvey argued, according to CUA.


Business Students at CUA to Study Compatibility of Capitalism with Catholic Teaching
1/30/2015
A new program at The Catholic University of America’s School of Business that seeks to integrate Catholic social doctrine and business practices will focus on exploring the “compatibility of capitalism and Catholicism,” Timothy Busch wrote in The Wall Street Journal.


Teachers Can Awaken Students to Love of Christ, Says Homilist at Annual CUA Mass
1/28/2015
The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C., recently held its annual community-wide Mass in honor of St. Thomas Aquinas and in celebration of National Catholic Schools Week, the University announced.


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.


Big Boost for Catholic Univ. Business School Dedicated to Integrating Catholic Teaching
1/23/2015
"This new $3 million grant puts our school far along the path of creating a cadre of faculty dedicated to research exploring how we can make business and economics more humane," Andrew Abela, dean of the School of Business and Economics, said.


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.


Theology Lectures Set to Begin for CUA’s Marian Art Exhibit in Washington, D.C.
1/15/2015
Over the course of the spring semester, CUA faculty and students will explore the exhibit's themes during presentations and lectures on the Blessed Virgin.


Catholic Universities Aim to Set Campus Records for Community Service
1/15/2015
Students from The Catholic University of America and Walsh University will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with record numbers of students, faculty, and staff members spending their time volunteering at a variety of locations around their respective campuses.


Catholic University Announces Joint Campus in Rome with Australian Catholic University
1/7/2015
The Catholic University of America and the Australian Catholic University recently formed a partnership to establish a new joint Rome Center, according to a CUA news release. The new campus will be an extension of CUA’s mission, the University reported.


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.


Former CUA President Bishop O’Connell Recovering from Amputation Surgery
1/6/2015
Bishop David O’Connell of the Trenton Diocese, who has devoted a great deal of his priesthood to Catholic higher education, is recovering from a surgery which required the amputation of his foot, ankle and part of his lower leg, according to Catholic Sentinel.


Catholic Universities Receive ‘Highest Recognition’ in Recent Community Service Honor Roll
12/29/2014
The Catholic University of America, Mount St. Mary's University, and Walsh University received the "highest federal recognition" for their "commitment to community, service-learning, and civic engagement."


Catholic University of America Launches New ‘Honoring Mary’ Website
12/26/2014
The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., has launched a new website titled "Honoring Mary" that supplies information on the many events being held to complement the University's "Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea" exhibit.


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.


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.


Aquinas College Conference to Examine Family in Church and Society
12/16/2014
Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn., will host the ninth annual St. Thomas Aquinas Forum on the “role of family in the Church, in society, and in God’s plan from the beginning,” the College recently announced. The Forum will take place from February 13 – 14, 2015.


Esteemed Theologian Dr. William May Dies
12/15/2014
The Culture of Life Foundation recently announced the passing of theologian Dr. William May. May was in critical condition following complications arising from an infection, and died on the morning of Saturday, December 13.


Prayers Needed for Dr. William May, Who Is in Critical Condition
12/12/2014
Catholic theologian Dr. William May is in critical condition following complications arising from an infection, the Culture of Life Foundation has reported. Culture of Life described May, who is 87, as “very weak,” but assured that he was surrounded by his wife, Patricia, his family and friends.


Students Joyfully Await Birth of Christ at Faithful Catholic Colleges
12/10/2014
Throughout the month of December, institutions recommended in The Newman Guide are offering students opportunities to celebrate Advent and prepare for Christmas before returning home at the end of the semester.


Catholic Intellectual Tradition Is ‘Greatest Gift’ Catholic Colleges Can Give Students, Says CUA President
12/4/2014
What happens in the classroom concerning literature, art, music, and other subjects, in addition to ecclesiastical studies, must attend to the Catholic intellectual tradition, he remarked.


Catholic Univ. to Hold Annual Christmas Concert to Support ‘Poorest of the Poor’ in Holy Land
12/1/2014
The Catholic University of America will hold its 25th annual Christmas Concert for Charity this weekend at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the University announced. Proceeds will be collected for the Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation.


Scott Hahn Recommends Graduate Programs in Theology
11/25/2014
Dr. Scott Hahn recently spoke with The Cardinal Newman Society about his recommendations and advice for students considering an advanced degree in theology.


Court Rules against TAC, CUA Challenge to HHS Mandate
11/17/2014
“The ruling still puts Catholic University and similar institutions on a lower constitutional footing than houses of worship," Lawrence Morris, CUA general counsel, told The Cardinal Newman Society.


Students Have Rave Reviews for Newman Guide-Recommended Catholic Colleges
11/11/2014
Students from colleges recommended in The Newman Guide recently appeared as guests on the Ave Maria Radio program “Mast Appeal.” The Society helped to coordinate interviews to give students the opportunity to share their experiences attending faithful Catholic colleges.


Cardinal Müller Speaks on Dynamic between Theology, Evangelization at CUA
11/10/2014
Cardinal Gerhard Müller recently spoke at The Catholic University of America on how theology can be a means of evangelization.


Catholic Univ. Teams with Museum, Presents ‘Mary’s Profound Cultural Impact’ Exhibit
11/7/2014
The Catholic University of America and the National Museum of Women in the Arts have collaborated to display Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea, an exhibit featuring paintings, sculptures, and textiles from Baroque and Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo, Titian, and Caravaggio.


Catholic University of America President Emphasizes Commitment to Catholic Identity
11/5/2014
President John Garvey of The Catholic University of America (CUA) recently talked about the ways in which CUA maintains its Catholic identity in an interview with America magazine.


Author Explains How Porn Use Cripples Attempts to Educate Young Men
11/3/2014
A recent piece at Crisis Magazine warns about the dangerous effects of pornography exposure to boys and how it can significantly damage their education.


Love and Fidelity Network to Host National Conference on Sexuality, Integrity, and the University
10/31/2014
The Love and Fidelity Network will hold their annual conference, focused on inculcating an authentic understanding of sexuality and relationships, at Princeton University. Nationally recognized professors will be speaking at the conference.


Author Explains New Sacred Music Book, Importance for Catholic Education
10/30/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society recently conducted an interview with Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, professor of theology and philosophy at Wyoming Catholic College, about his new book of sacred music compositions and its implications for Catholic education and the Church at large.


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.



Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete, Co-Founder of JP II Institute, Dies at Age 73
10/28/2014
After earning his degree in space science and applied physics followed by a master's degree in sacred theology from The Catholic University of America, Msgr. Albacete was ordained for the Archdiocese of Washington.


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.”


Technology Presents Challenges to Virtuous Living on Campus, Says Theologian
10/24/2014
With technology more accessible than ever on college campuses, young people today face significantly difficult challenges in avoiding inappropriate material and focusing on their studies.


New Latin American Studies Certificate Supports Catholic Identity at CUA
10/17/2014
The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., is offering a new certificate program in Latin American and Latino Studies. According to the University report, the program is of great import for CUA’s Catholic identity due to the growing significance of Latin America in the Church. 


Newman Society, Catholic Leaders Fight Repeal of Religious Protections in Nation’s Capital
10/10/2014
The Newman Society joined Catholic University and the D.C. Catholic Conference in warning the D.C. Council that a proposal to repeal religious protections would violate the religious freedom of Catholic schools and colleges.


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