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Why Do Colleges Require the Oath of Fidelity?
At the beginning of a new school year, professors at some of America’s most faithfully Catholic colleges take the Vatican’s Oath of Fidelity to protect against scandal and fortify the colleges’ Catholic identity. It stands in stark contrast to the infidelity and confusion emanating from some other Catholic campuses.

Some colleges—like Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., and Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyo.—ask all faculty members to take the Oath. At least another 14 Catholic colleges require the Oath from their theology professors, and The Catholic University of America (CUA) requires theology professors to have the “canonical mission,” which is necessary for granting pontifical degrees.

But still, among nearly 200 Catholic colleges in the United States, 17 is a minority.  What inspires these uncommon colleges to require the Oath, and are there any real benefits?

“Theology faculty are asked to the take the Oath of Fidelity, so that they become mindful of the fact that they are witnessing, studying, teaching and handing down truth of which they are not the author,” said Dr. Mark Zia, associate professor of theology at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. “Jesus Christ forever remains the Teacher, and both professor and students are his pupils as they respectfully probe the mysteries of salvation.”

Newman Guide Colleges Rated ‘Best Buys’ in 2015 Rankings
Colleges recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College for their strong Catholic identities and academics also rank well in leading secular guides, including the 2015 editions from USA Today and U.S. News and World Report. The publications look at factors such as affordability, freshman retention rates, student loan default rates and student-to-teacher ratios.

“These rankings prove that students can opt for strong, faithful Catholic colleges without sacrificing secular prestige,” said The Cardinal Newman Society’s Adam Wilson, managing editor of The Newman Guide.

“But we caution against placing too much importance on rankings that ignore the most important elements of a truly good education—elements that are the primary criteria forThe Newman Guide,” Wilson added. “All things considered, we believe The Newman Guide colleges are superior to all other options, because of their holistic approach to academics and the integration of faith in their studies and campus life.”

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.

Cardinal Edward Egan, Former Archbishop of New York, Passes Away at 82
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.

Lent Brings Faithful Catholic College Together in Prayer and Sacrifice
Faithful Catholic college communities can build students up in the faith, argued a junior at The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, N.H., in a recent reflection on Lent that was published on the College’s website.

Thomas More College Summer Programs Offer Unique Balance of ‘Prayer, Work, and Play’
The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts (TMC) recently announced that it will offer two summer programs for high school students to study the liberal arts, develop their writing, and experience life at the College's scenic campus in Merrimack, N.H.

Birthday Party for Patron Saint, Catholic Identity Celebration at Thomas More College of Lib. Arts
During the dinner, Dr. William Fahey, the president of TMC, spoke to the undergraduates about the example that St. Thomas More can provide for them as both students and future leaders in the world.

Classic Literature Crucial to Academic Formation, Argue Experts at Faithful Colleges
Exposure to classical literature remains one of the most significant sources of academic formation for children, academic experts from two Newman Guide-recommended colleges recently told the National Catholic Register.

Liberal Arts Education Proves Solid Foundation for Doctor, Thomas More Alumnus
"I think every medical student should have a background in the liberal arts," John Martin said. He explained how his philosophical studies led to a deep understanding of science and nature and provided the necessary insight and context for his medical studies.

Photo Journal: Catholic College and High School Students at 2015 March for Life
Catholic college and high school students from distant corners of the country gathered in Washington, D.C., last Thursday to join the hundreds of thousands of people marching in the 42nd annual March for Life.

Thomas More College of Lib. Arts Announces ‘Faith and Reason’ Full Tuition Scholarships
The College began the scholarship competition as a response to an apparent "fissure" between those promoting a solely secular society and those who value its Judeo-Christian roots, TMC President Dr.William Fahey said in the College news release.

Thousands of Students from Faithful Catholic Colleges to Attend 2015 March for Life
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.

Faithful Catholic Colleges Set Standard for Next Generation of Catholic Higher Ed.
A recent PJ Media article compares the compromising of religious mission at many older Catholic colleges with examples of faithful Catholic colleges, observing that the latter institutions are paving the way for the future of Catholic higher education.

Faith Comes Alive in Thomas More College of Liberal Arts Rome Program
A junior at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts recently published an article reflecting on the College’s study abroad program in Rome and how it helped highlight the universality of the Church and bring the faith alive for her.

Thomas More College ‘Way of Beauty’ Program Alum Wins Architecture Award
An alumnus of the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts “Way of Beauty” program, who also graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame, was recently honored for his architectural design, the Way of Beauty blog reported.

‘Huge Victory,’ ‘Opportunity’ for Religious Colleges in Labor Board’s Ruling
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week abandoned its longstanding, unconstitutional practice of measuring how religious a college appears to be before exempting it from federal oversight, but opted instead for a new test that considers whether individual employees perform religious functions.

Thomas More College Brings Advent, Christmas Spirit to Local Community
A group of students from The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, N.H., sang Advent and Christmas songs for community members at a local park this weekend, the College reported.

Acclaimed Sacra Liturgia Conference Coming to New York City Next June
Catholic educators will join Catholics from around the world next year as they converge on New York City to take part in a conference aimed at bringing about a renewal of the sacred liturgy in the life of the Church.

Students Joyfully Await Birth of Christ at Faithful Catholic Colleges
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.

Students Show Growing Appreciation for Traditional Masses, Say College Chaplains
Among Catholic colleges and dioceses across the country there has been an apparent rise in the celebration of the Mass ad orientem, where the priest and congregation face the same direction, traditionally to the east.

Students Give Thanks for Humanities at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts
Marlene Schuler, a recent graduate of The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts (TMC) in Merrimack, N.H., interviewed several current students about the humanities curriculum ingrained in the College for a new article on the TMC website.

Newman Guide-Recommended Colleges Rank High in New ACTA Curriculum Ratings
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) recently released its sixth annual “What Will They Learn” list rating the core curricula of colleges and universities across the country. Several institutions recommended in The Newman Guide received high marks.

Catholic Educators Appeal to Obama Administration for Relief from HHS Mandate
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.”

Sacred Art Studies at Thomas More College Led Student to Design Floor for Parish
A senior at the The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts (TMC) in Merrimack, N.H., is currently designing a “Cosmatesque” floor for her hometown parish in Idaho, the College reported on its website.

Thomas More College Students, Staff and Faculty Renew Consecration to Sacred Heart
“Sacred Heart of Jesus, protect our College!” was part of the prayer said at Mass by students, faculty and staff at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, N.H. On October 15, the Feast of Saint Teresa of Avila, the College rededicated itself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Thomas More College Student Learns Important Lessons While Studying Abroad
Earlier this week, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts student Stephen Lajoie shared reflections on the College website about his experiences traveling abroad in both Italy and Spain.

Dr. Jonathan Reyes to Thomas More College Grads: You Were Made to Share in Divinity
Reyes, executive director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development, imparted three words—“Gift, Magnanimity, and Encounter”—to graduating students.

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.”

Thomas More College Hosts Dr. Jonathan Reyes of USCCB at Commencement
Dr. Jonathan Reyes, who is the executive director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development, will speak at the College's graduation on May 17.

Thomas More College Counters Harvard’s ‘Black Mass’ with Prayer, Sacrifice
“No one can pretend that a Satanic sacrifice is, in any way, an exploration of history or an educational introduction to the religious heritage of mankind.  Error has no rights.  Bigotry is not a form of academic freedom.”

Thomas More College Student to Lector at Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica
The student, sophomore Joe MacDonald, is currently taking part in the College’s study abroad program in Rome. 

Lenten Retreat ‘Renews Spiritual Lives’ of Thomas More College Students
Students at The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, N.H., reflected on how to “conform one’s life to Christ” during a recent Lenten retreat.

Newman Society, Catholic Colleges Challenge Federal Labor Board in Possible Landmark Case
The Cardinal Newman Society, joined by several faithful Catholic colleges, today made a strong plea to the National Labor Relations Board, urging it to abide by the U.S. Constitution and stop interfering with religious education.

Study, Play, Hike, and Pray at Thomas More College High School Summer Program
"What lessons does the past offer us today? Using original texts and first-hand experience, The Thomas More College Great Books Program marks a full immersion into Catholic History."

Newman Guide Colleges Named Among Nation’s 100 Best
Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, N.H., and University of Dallas in Irving, Tex., were each chosen as the best four year-liberal arts college in their respective states.

Put Aside Electronics and Read, Experts Say
“We write as well as we read; we think as well as we read; we speak as well as we read. Our thoughts are in words… If you have a limited vocabulary, our very ability to think is hampered.”

Top U.K. Artist Lectures at Thomas More College
Successful artist James Gillick lectured at Thomas More College on the "vocation of the artist and the role of beauty in the contemporary world."

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.

Dominican Scholar Lectures on 'Immaculate Conception and Chastity' at Thomas More College
..."the Immaculate Conception of  the Virgin Mary is a bodily prefigurement of the Redemption. Mary’s purity does not place her on a pedestal, but is given for the sake of others..."

Thomas More College Making Consecration to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart
"The Holy Father's...tremendous act of consecrating the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary inspired us to imitate his humble trust," college president Dr. William Fahey said.

Thomas More College Students Follow Footsteps of Saints; Pray for Restoration of Marian Devotion
Thirteen students from the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts walked more than sixty miles as a part of a pilgrimage that traced the footsteps of North America’s Jesuit martyrs.

Chant Tips for Colleges and Parishes from a Member of the Congregation
At the end of each day at the Sacra Liturgia 2013 we attended either Holy Mass or Vespers. Each was in Latin with a great choir leading us in a beautiful church that just seemed made for the purpose.

A School of Love: the Sacred Liturgy and Education
Sacred liturgy is the worship of the Father, through the Son, in the Spirit and this is how we love God most profoundly. It is the purpose of life - the summit to which our lives point - and the most powerful source of grace that will help us to get there.

Practical Ways a Catholic College Can Beautify a Campus Chapel, By David Clayton
"When deciding what to do I tried to have in mind: first try to harmonise everything with the liturgy...  [W]henever the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours are prayed in any community, then it benefits all present - even those who never attend."

What Happened to the Liberal Arts?
In an episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter Robinson interviews authors Joseph Epstein and Andrew Ferguson on the origin of the liberal arts and what's happened to them.

Student Converts to Catholicism, Describes Impact of Thomas More College
Thomas More College of Liberal Arts student Alison Welton was received into full communion with the Catholic Church on Easter, the College reports.

Catholic Colleges Tell Obama Administration: HHS Mandate Continues to Violate Religious Freedom
"Despite assurances from the Administration to the contrary, this mandate would still insist that every employee at Catholic universities and colleges be enrolled in an insurance regiment that includes abortion causing drugs," said Monsignor Stuart Swetland.

New Scholarship in Honor of Pope Francis Aimed at Applicants from the 'New World'
Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, New Hampshire, has created a new scholarship fund in honor of Pope Francis, whom the College names the "Church's first New World Pontiff."

Choir from Faithful College Sings for Local Parish
Students from the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts choir sings at local St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

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