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Professor Points to Recent Disparity between Freedoms for Clergy, Professors
11/20/2014
“Why should a clergyman enjoy less liberty than a professor?” questioned Anthony Esolen, professor of English at Providence College, in an article this week for Crisis Magazine.


Bishops Call on Congress to Protect Conscience Rights in Light of Cali. Abortion Mandate
11/20/2014
The California abortion mandate “has no exemption for religious or moral objections, and is being enforced against religious universities, schools and even churches,” two U.S. bishops warned Congress in a letter this week.


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.


Pakistani Government Returns School to Archdiocese after 30 Years
11/13/2014
A Catholic high school has been returned to the Archdiocese of Lahore in Pakistan, following thirty years of government control.


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.


Oral Arguments Scheduled in Case against HHS Mandate
11/7/2014
On December 8, more than 400 Catholic organizations participating in the Christian Brothers Employee Benefit Trust, including The Cardinal Newman Society, will have oral arguments against the HHS mandate heard before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, The Becket Fund reported.


True Academic Freedom Should Seek Truth, Not Conformity, Argues Biology Prof.
11/7/2014
Academic freedom is “a means to an end: the pursuit of knowledge and truth,” wrote Daniel Kuebler, professor of biology and faculty associate of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Policy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, in his article at Public Discourse.


Ave Maria School of Law Granted Preliminary Injunction from HHS Mandate
10/31/2014
Ave Maria School of Law’s president stated in an email that the victory was noteworthy because “it allows us to continue to practice our faith without being forced to compromise our beliefs.”


New Mexico Court Rules ‘Students Can’t Be Barred’ Because of Faith
10/31/2014
A New Mexico textbook lending program serving students in both public and private schools was challenged on the grounds that it was potentially violating New Mexico’s Blaine Amendment, which forbids government aid to private or religiously affiliated schools.


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.”


Some Catholic Colleges Have Provided Same-Sex Benefits for Several Years
10/17/2014
While Notre Dame is making the headlines for its apparently quick decision to provide employee benefits to “same-sex spouses,” many Catholic colleges have been providing same-sex benefits to varying degrees for years, with some policies in force for almost a decade.


Bishop Reminds Notre Dame: Catholic Teaching on Marriage Is More than a View
10/16/2014
After Notre Dame’s decision to provide employee benefits to “same-sex spouses,” Bishop Kevin Rhoades published comments concerning the decision, including a reminder for the University that Catholic teaching on marriage is more than just a single viewpoint.


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.


Wyoming Catholic President Weighs Religious Freedom Concerns in Light of High Court ‘Indecision’ on Marriage
10/9/2014
The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal this week to review petitions from lower courts effectively upheld and legalized same-sex unions in 11 states. Wyoming Catholic College President Dr. Kevin Roberts commented on the high court’s “indecision and inaction."


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.


Settlement on HHS Mandate Breaks New Ground for Religious Freedom
10/7/2014
L. Brent Bozell, III announced today in a press release that MRC is ending its first-of-a-kind lawsuit against the HHS mandate because of an Agreed Order of Dismissal from the government.


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.”


Catholic Colleges, Institutions Being Pressured to Accept Secularist Narrative, Argues Prof.
10/7/2014
Dr. Stephen Krason, president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists, warns in a recent article for Crisis Magazine that Catholic colleges, universities, and other institutions are being pressured to promote “the leftist-secularist narrative.”


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.


California Bishops Respond to Abortion Mandate, File Official Complaint
10/2/2014
The California Catholic Conference filed a formal complaint this week with the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services citing civil rights violations committed by the California Department of Managed Health Care.


Loyola Marymount U. Complies with California Abortion Mandate
9/30/2014
Loyola Marymount University is now complying with the abortion coverage mandate in California and is covering elective abortions for its employees, according to The Los Angeles Loyolan. The coverage will reportedly last until the end of the policy period.


Surprise: GAO Insurance Report Contains More Evidence of California’s Hypocrisy on Abortion
9/29/2014
A little-noticed footnote in this month’s explosive Government Accountability Office report confirms the hypocrisy of California Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration and its requirement that even Catholic schools and colleges must provide insurance covering elective abortions.


Franciscan Univ. to Bestow Award on Little Sisters of the Poor
9/16/2014
The University cites the Sisters' continuing refusal to comply with the HHS mandate and their "strength of character, practical Christian charity, and love and service to the poor."


Loyola Marymount Employees File Complaint against California Abortion Mandate
9/12/2014
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF) filed a complaint on Friday with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of seven Loyola Marymount University employees.


Obama Admin Targets More than 400 Catholic Organizations for HHS Mandate
9/11/2014
The Obama administration’s indication that it will continue its fight for enforcement of its “HHS mandate” against religious nonprofits, could immediately affect more than 400 Catholic organizations participating in the Christian Brothers Trust, including The Cardinal Newman Society.


California Bishops ‘Distressed’ by Abortion Mandate, Planning Response
9/8/2014
Ned Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, told The Cardinal Newman Society that California’s bishops are “surprised and distressed” by the California Department of Managed Healthcare’s (DMHC) decision and a response is being planned.


Ontario Catholic Schools Defend Right to Teach Faith to Students
9/8/2014
Catholic school leaders in Ontario are defending their right to require students to take religious courses and have them participate in religious activities.


Colleges Recommended in Newman Guide Comment on HHS Mandate Accommodation
9/8/2014
Several Catholic colleges and universities recommended in The Newman Guide have issued press releases and statements commenting on the Obama administration’s recent update to the HHS mandate accommodation.


Criticism Mounts over Notre Dame’s Student Health Plan Covering Abortifacients, Contraceptives
9/5/2014
The University of Notre Dame’s recent decision to renew its student health plan—which provides students with free contraceptives and abortifacients as stipulated in the HHS Mandate—was unnecessary and could undermine its lawsuit against the Mandate.


Calif. Covers Only ‘Medically Necessary’ Abortions for State Employees, but Forces Catholics to Cover Elective Abortions
9/3/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society has discovered that California’s own health plans for state employees cover only “medically necessary” abortions, even though Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has called such language “discriminatory.”


Lawsuit Seeks Free Speech for Pro-Life Students at University of South Alabama
9/3/2014
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has filed a lawsuit on behalf of students against the University of South Alabama (USA) for restricting the students’ rights to free speech and expression, according to Life News.


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.


Catholic Psychologist Considers ‘Transgenderism’ on College Campuses
8/27/2014
When facing new cultural challenges like “transgender” students at Catholic schools, educators must remember that “values are an integral, indivisible part of all that they are,” writes clinical psychologist Dr. Frank Moncher in an analysis published recently.


Newman Society, Legal Groups Warn California Violating Federal Law with Mandatory Abortion Coverage
8/22/2014
The Newman Society joined with two legal groups in a letter notifying a California department that the state may lose federal funds because it is forcing two Catholic universities to cover abortion in insurance plans.


Obama Admin Releases New Rules for HHS Mandate Accommodation Process
8/22/2014
"Rather than hoping against hope for an all-encompassing accommodation from the mandate, Catholic educators and all nonprofits will be better served by a Supreme Court ruling upholding religious freedom," said Newman Society president Patrick J. Reilly.


California Forces Catholic Universities to Provide Abortion Coverage, Could Lose Federal Funding
8/22/2014
Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration announced today that it will force Loyola Marymount University and Santa Clara University—as well as any other religious nonprofit or business—to violate their deeply held beliefs and provide employees insurance coverage for elective abortion.


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.


Analysis: Pro-Abortion Rights Bias in SF Chronicle Coverage of Catholic Universities
8/20/2014
Get Religion recently published an analysis of the bias in a recent San Francisco Chronicle story—surrounding the decisions of two California Catholic universities to limit abortion coverage for employees—which gives precedence to sources with pro-abortion rights views.


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.


New Executive Order Discriminates on Basis of Religious Beliefs, U.S. Bishops Say
7/22/2014
Two chairmen of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement lamenting the discrimination against those with religious beliefs found in President Obama's executive order which failed to include religious freedom protections.


Religious Freedom Upheld for Christian Universities after Complaints from Transgender Students
7/16/2014
In the wake of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, two recent decisions involving Christian universities and transgender students have ensured that religious freedom continues to be a prominent national issue.


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.


Catholic School Faces Legal Action from Former Teacher Planning Same-Sex Marriage
7/11/2014
A Catholic high school in Georgia is facing a legal complaint from a former teacher whose contract was not renewed after it was discovered through Facebook that "he plans to marry a man," National Public Radio reports.


Backlash Continues against College after Plea for Religious Exemption
7/11/2014
An accrediting agency has decided to review Gordon College after its president signed a letter to President Obama asking for religious freedom protections to be included in a looming executive order.


Mayor Ends Contract with Christian College after President Stands for Religious Freedom
7/11/2014
Just days after the president of Gordon College signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to include religious freedom protections in an upcoming executive order the mayor of Salem, Mass., terminated a contract with the College which had allowed it to use the city’s town hall.


Include Religious Exemption in Looming Executive Order, Religious Leaders Urge President
7/9/2014
A number of religious leaders and academics are urging President Barack Obama to include religious freedom protections in an upcoming executive order which would essentially ban any discrimination based on sexual orientation among federal contractors.


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.


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