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Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI
Catholic University of America to Welcome Pope to Campus for Third Time
Next month, the Holy Father will come to the nation’s capital to celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception adjacent to The Catholic University of America (CUA). This is the third time that the University has had the privilege of welcoming a pope.

“We are overjoyed that Pope Francis will not only be coming to Washington but will be on the campus of our pontifical University,” President Garvey said on CUA’s website. “I know that it will be a great thrill for our students, faculty, and staff to see the Holy Father and to know that as he looks out over the congregation during the Mass, he will also be seeing the pathways and buildings that members of our community frequent every day on their way to and from class.”

Pope Francis’ impending visit marks an ideal opportunity to reflect on the last papal visit to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. In 2008, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI visited CUA and presented an address to administrators and educators on the importance of Catholic education.

Catholic Colleges Must Listen to Pope Benedict’s Strong Case for Sacred Music, Says Prof.
The availability of well-celebrated liturgy and sacred music should be the norm at all Catholic colleges, not the exception, said Dr. Kurt Poterack, choir director and adjunct professor of music at Christendom College in Front Royal, Va. Poterack spoke with The Cardinal Newman Society regarding Pope Emeritus Benedict’s recent comments on sacred music and what it means for Catholic colleges.

The Pope Emeritus recently received honorary doctorates from the John Paul II Pontifical University of Krakow and from the Academy of Music of Krakow in Poland. The former pontiff took the opportunity to thank the now-saint Pope John Paul II for the profound impact he had in his own spiritual life and also share his own reflections on the benefits of sacred music.

The emphasis on sacred music is certainly something that Catholic colleges should be paying attention to, as it helps students to encounter the living God in liturgy, Poterack stated.

Bishop Dewane: Families Have ‘Right to Know’ Which Theology Professors Have Mandatum
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.

Pope Francis Weighs In On Role of Teachers, Coaches as Witnesses
Pope Francis last week said that the influence of a Catholic educator “depends more on what he is as a person and the way he lives than what he says,” and even athletics coaches—whom he included as educators—must be “formators” and therefore need their own “solid formation” to prepare forgiving witness to the faith. 

The Pope’s words are especially timely in the United States, as many bishops have been working to better define the Church’s expectations for Catholic school employees, even while some teachers in San Francisco are demanding a right to dissent. 

“[H]ow important it is that a coach be an example of integrity, of coherence, of good judgment, of impartiality, but also of joy of living, of patience, of capacity to esteem and of benevolence to all, especially the most disadvantaged!” Pope Francis stated, according to ZENIT’stranslation. “And how important it is that he be an example of faith!”

Honoring Kenneth Whitehead, Tireless Advocate of Church and Catholic Education
Kenneth Whitehead, longtime Catholic education advocate, Church affairs expert and former United States Assistant Secretary of Education, passed away on Thursday, April 16, according to his family. 

“Ken Whitehead was intelligent, accomplished and influential in the government and in the Catholic Church, as both an academic and a keen observer of Church affairs and Catholic education,” said Patrick Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society, for which Whitehead served as an advisor on Catholic higher education issues. “But what I will especially remember in my heart are his abundant faith in Christ and love for his family. We are all blessed by his life. May God grant him eternal peace and joy!”

Pope Benedict’s Vision Key to Survival of Catholic Colleges, Says Author
Questions have been raised recently about the future of Catholic higher education: Is it dying? Where is it going? Assumption College theology chair and professor Dr. Marc Guerra, author of a new book compiling some of Pope Benedict XVI’s most important speeches on truth and learning, says that Catholic colleges have available to them a tremendous blueprint and model for the survival of faithful Catholic education.

The Vatican’s constitution on higher education, Ex corde Ecclesiae, and the example and writings of Pope Benedict XVI provide a crucial model for Catholic colleges, Guerra told The Cardinal Newman Society. And they are especially needed today.

“Catholic colleges and universities today face threat[s] both from without and from within,” Guerra said, adding that it is a critical time for Catholic education in America. “These threats take a particular form for us today, a form that, in my view, represents something relatively new under the sun.”

Augustine Institute to Offer Online Summer Course Designed for Catholic Educators
The Augustine Institute, a Denver-based Catholic graduate school, will be offering a special course for teachers and school administrators designed to help them reflect on the connection between Catholic education and teaching.

University of Mary Lecture Series to Provide Ethical ‘Insight on Timely Issues’
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.

Ave Maria Prof Wins Fellowship from Vatican Institute Founded by Pope Benedict XVI
Professor Anthony Valle from Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Fla., recently received an academic fellowship from the Fondazione Vaticana Joseph Ratzinger Benedetto XVI.

‘Tent Gang’ Prepares Students for March for Life at Benedictine College
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.

Professor Explains Economic Thought of Pope Benedict for Catholic Universities
The final encyclical of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, offers a unique principle for the application and study of economics and business, argues Belmont Abbey College’s Dr. Gary Scott in this year’s volume of the Catholic Social Science Review.

Walsh President: Ex corde Inspired University to ‘Grow, Develop, and Fulfill Our Mission’
“Catholic identity is not something to be given only token attention,” Richard Jusseaume, president of Walsh University, said in talk prepared for Franciscan University of Steubenville’s “Freedom and Fidelity” symposium in honor of the 25th anniversary of Ex corde Ecclesiae.

Notre Dame’s ‘Gay in Christ’ Conference Aims for Fidelity, But Speakers Embrace ‘Gay Identity’
A conference today at the University of Notre Dame will address “a pastoral strategy for parishes to be able to receive the gifts of self-identified gay Catholics,” while keeping faithful to Catholic teaching on marriage and sexuality—but some speakers’ perspectives on “gay identity” may fall short of true orthodoxy.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI: Renunciation of Truth Is 'Lethal to Faith'
In a written message to The Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI emphasized that the renunciation of truth is "lethal to faith," reported ZENIT.

Rockhurst University to Host Symposium with Newspaper Condemned by Bishop
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.

Magdalen President Highlights Pope Benedict’s Vision for Catholic Education
The president of The College of Saint Mary Magdalen, Dr. George Harne, recently shared his commentary on Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s vision for Catholic higher education and the renewal of Catholic universities.

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict Demonstrate Importance of Education
Earlier this month, Pope Francis spoke about education with the bishops of Seoul during his visit to South Korea, while Pope Emeritus Benedict celebrated Mass with his former students.

Christendom President Reconfirmed as Pontifical Consultor by Pope Francis
Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, president of Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., will continue his work as a pontifical consultor, the College reported. Pope Francis reconfirmed Dr. O’Donnell’s appointment as consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Family. 

Online Catholic Study Program Provides 'Backbone of a Liberal Education'
The Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program (LSP), a Newman Guide recommended institution, has been providing sound Catholic online higher education since its establishment in 2010. 

Not Only for Liturgists
The Cardinal Newman Society publishes this review of Sacred Liturgy: The Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church as part of its project to promote sacred liturgy in Catholic education.

New Book ‘Little Oratory’ Helps Families, Students Learn the Faith by Living It
“Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote that the essence of Catholic education is one that deepens our participation in the mysteries of the Faith, and primarily the Eucharist and worship of God.”

Catholic College Leaders Gather to Discuss Student Life, Catholic Teaching
Leaders from 10 faithful Catholic colleges gathered at the Franciscan University of Steubenville last week to share and consider ways of better integrating Catholic teaching into programs and services for students.

Cardinal O’Brien Tells Thomas Aquinas College Grads: Witness to the Truth
Cardinal O’Brien recently told graduating students of Thomas Aquinas College that they have been “formed for a mission: and that mission is nothing less than the rescue of the civilizational project of the West.”

Pope Francis Commissions Cardinals to Address Peruvian University’s Catholic Identity
In July of 2012, a Vatican decree stripped the University of its titles “Catholic” and “Pontifical” because of years of refusal to bring its statues into line with Ex corde Ecclesiae.

College of the Holy Cross to Honor Former Obama Speechwriter at Commencement
Jon Favreau, a Catholic, recently compared a recent law in Kansas that protected the religious freedom of business owners to Jim Crow Laws.

Author Who Lambasted Catholic Church in NY Times Hosted at Catholic College
John Patrick Shanley, who just last year lambasted the Catholic Church, excoriated Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and wrote against the Church’s teaching on ordination, recently visited Merrimack College.

Thomas More College Announces 'Faith and Reason' Scholarship Essay Contest
Applicants to Thomas More College can participate in the contest by submitting a 2- to 3-page essay reflecting on the introduction to Pope Francis' encyclical letter Lumen Fidei.

The Pope, the CEO and the Catholic Educator
Dressed in a distinctly Renaissance appearance, Widmer protected the Pope as a Swiss Guard.  He watched intently as the Pope lived his life in front of him.  He eventually decided that “whatever he [Pope John Paul II] has, that’s what I want.”

Franciscan U. Conference to Address Threats to Religious Freedom
“Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recognized that the threat to religious freedom is larger than any single issue—and has its roots in secularism and cultural relativism,” said Dr. Anne Hendershott.

Marquette Law Professor Accuses Hobby Lobby of Forcing Its Christianity on Employees
Professor Paul Secunda, who teaches courses on employee benefits, recently wrote on Marquette’s blog that he does not believe the HHS mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Pope Francis Makes First Major Statements on Catholic Education
Calling for schools and universities committed to catechesis and evangelization, Pope Francis makes his first significant statements as Pope regarding Catholic education in Evangelii Gaudium, his apostolic exhortation released Sunday.

Benedictine College to End Year of Faith with Eucharistic Procession
Catholic colleges and universities across the United States have participated with enthusiasm in the Year of Faith, which Pope Benedict XVI inaugurated in October 2012.

Christendom President Helps Defend the Family at Pontifical Council Assembly
Christendom College president Dr. Timothy O'Donnell was in Rome last month to attend the Pontifical Council for the Family's 21st Plenary Assembly, the College announced.

Save the Tick, Abort the Baby: A ‘Fetus Cannot Itself Have an Interest in Continued Existence’
DePaul University recently hosted a lecture by a radical animal rights activist who once compared raising animals for food to “concentration camps,” yet ironically is also an outspoken advocate for abortion.

Cardinal Dolan Praises University of Mary for Alliance of Faith and Reason
"[You have] a sterling faculty, dedicated and generous alum and students that are so fervent in the faith and learning in soul, mind and heart," Cardinal Dolan told the University of Mary.

Christendom College President Travels Abroad as Papal Consulter
Christendom College president Timothy O’Donnell will be participating in upcoming pontifical meetings in Rome and in Mexico.

Dissident Notre Dame Theologian: Crackdown on Contraception has “Chilling Effect”
Cathleen Kaveny, a law and theology professor from the University of Notre Dame, said that “most progressive Catholics” believe they will “eventually win the day” on contraception. 

Anti-Catholic Atheist to Deliver Diatribe on Evolution at Jesuits' LeMoyne College
A philosopher who has called the Catholic Church “corrupt” and called for its eradication will be speaking at LeMoyne College in New York later this month.

Providence College Reschedules Same-Sex Advocate in Debate With Ph.D. Student
A Providence College lecture by a same-sex marriage advocate, which was cancelled by the College provost, is back on as a debate with a defender of traditional marriage.

Anti-Catholic Marxist to Discuss ‘Good for Nothing’ God at Santa Clara
Author Terry Eagleton, who once called the Catholic Church “one of the nastiest authoritarian outfits on the planet,” will be speaking at the University of Santa Clara.

‘No One’s Quite Seen a Pope Like Francis Before,’ Says Christendom College Lecturer
“It seems that the whole world fell in love with Pope Francis at first sight."

Benedict XVI Continues to Be Spiritually Present for His Students
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI did not publicly meet with his students this year, but he did celebrate Holy Mass for them, Catholic News Agency reported.

Calling All Catholic Athletes: Reflections of a Catholic College Graduate
“Sport, as you well know, is an activity that involves more than the movement of the body; it demands use of intelligence and the disciplining of the will."

Cardinal Burke Writes Book on Eucharist as 'Sacrament of Charity'
Cardinal Raymond Burke has released a new book entitled Divine Love Made Flesh, in which he reflects on Blessed Pope John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s encyclicals on the Holy Eucharist.

Professors React to Pope's Surprise Visit to Rome Academic Meeting
Dr. John Hittinger and Dr. Ted Rebard, both UST professors of philosophy, were in Rome for the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas conference, titled "Believing, Loving and Living Truth."

Alumni Help University of Dallas Students Attend Popular Rome Semester
The semester in Rome program run by the University of Dallas is "widely respected as one of the best in higher education," according to our recommendation of UD at

Prayers in Thanksgiving for Pope Francis
In your charity, please pray for the renewal of Catholic education and for our new Holy Father, Pope Francis!

Students from University of Dallas Are Hoping to Hear 'Habemus Papam'
Students from the University of Dallas Italy campus are hoping to be present in St. Peter's Square when the new pope is elected some time this month, the University reports.

Special Prayer for Pope Benedict XVI
The Cardinal Newman Society's chaplain prepared the following prayer for Pope Benedict XVI.  We are thankful for the Pope's ministry and ask God that he may be blessed in retirement.

CNS Board Member Kathryn Lopez Moderates Panel on Pope Benedict XVI's Resignation
CNS board member Kathryn Jean Lopez is moderating a panel discussion today at the Catholic Information Center on Pope Benedict XVI's resignation.

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