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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.”

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.

Northeast Catholic College Models New Scholarship, Service Program on Bl. Mother Teresa
"The foundation and bedrock of this program is the dignity of every human person, present from conception to natural death, a dignity that comes from having been formed in the image of God," NCC President George Harne said in the College news release.

High School Summer Program Combines Adventure and Study at Northeast Catholic College
The program, which will run from July 26 to August 8, will reportedly allow students the opportunity to study, pray, and participate in recreational activities to acquire a taste for the way of life at the Catholic college.

Sacred Music Can Open Students to Truth, Says Northeast Catholic President
Northeast Catholic College President Dr. George Harne will deliver a presentation on beauty and sacred music on March 5 in Concord, N.H., the College recently announced. Dr. Harne has written extensively on sacred music, including its importance on college campuses.

Five New Majors at Northeast Catholic College Set to ‘Attract Many Young Scholars’
These majors will reportedly build on the foundation provided by the College's extensive core curriculum, which spans eight semesters and includes the humanities, Latin, music, art, and natural sciences, NCC reported.

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.

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.

College of St. Mary Magdalen Follows Pope’s Example, Prays for Faithful Departed
The College of Saint Mary Magdalen in Warner, N.H., celebrated several Masses for the intercession of the saints and for the souls of the faithful departed on the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls, reported the College.

College of St. Mary Magdalen Extends Free Room and Board Offer to 2015
The College of Saint Mary Magdalen, in Warner, N.H., recently announced that it will extend its “Free Room and Board Initiative” to students enrolling in 2015. The Initiative, which began in April 2014, grants free room and board to freshman and transfer students.

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.”

College of St. Mary Magdalen Hosts Seminar at Napa Institute Symposium
The College of Saint Mary Magdalen in Warner, N.H., recently held a luncheon and seminar on Catholic solidarity and American individualism in conjunction with the third annual Napa Institute Symposium at the Catholic Center at New York University, Magdalen reported on its website.

Scholars Write to Pope Francis, Hope to Turn Marriage Crisis ‘On Its Head’
The letter comes in anticipation of the upcoming Synod on the Family, and hopes to address the growing concerns surrounding marriage related issues: pornography, "no fault divorce," cohabitation before marriage, and more.

Faithful Catholic Universities Stand Out from Crowd, Argues Magdalen President
Catholic universities faithful to the Church “are becoming stronger, better known, more recognizable [and] more easily distinguished” from other less faithful Catholic institutions, argued Dr. George Harne, president of the College of Saint Mary Magdalen.

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.

College of St. Mary Magdalen Inculcates Morality and Thoughtfulness, Says Student
A student at The College of Saint Mary Magdalen recently shared experiences from her freshman year noting Magdalen’s Catholic identity, small community, and the value of a liberal arts education.

Magdalen Grads Told at Commencement: We Need You to Be Saints
“We need more bright, young minds to embrace the cross of self-giving —to choose the hard road of dying to self,” said Dan Burke, the executive director of EWTN’s National Catholic Register.

Video: Chant Camp Teaches Children to Sing for Glory of God
Mary Wilson, choir director at the parish, said that she “realized how quickly and how beautifully children learn chant… and how much it meant to them.”

Register Radio Profiles Great Books Program at College of St. Mary Magdalen
The education students receive is “more than just the acquisition of information, it’s transformational… it makes a difference in the way [students] live their lives.” 

Free Room and Board for Incoming College of St. Mary Magdalen Students
"Now more than ever, young people need a faithful and vibrant Catholic education for the good of the Church and the renewal of our nation," said Dr. George Harne, Magdalen president.

College of St. Mary Magdalen Choir Director on Holy Week Sacred Music
“We learn from each other and encourage one another toward our common goal, which is not performance, but rather the glory of God and the sanctification of the faithful.”

College of Saint Mary Magdalen Announces High School Summer Program Dates
Rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to spend two weeks at the College of Saint Mary Magdalen in Warner, N.H., this summer.

Magdalen Students Pray, Discuss Vocations in 'Sodality of Mary'
The College of Saint Mary Magdalen has a feature on its website about the Sodality of Mary, a group of female students who meet for prayer and spiritual discussions on a regular basis.

Magdalen Students Receive Guest Lecture from Sacred Music Composer
The College of Saint Mary Magdalen recently welcomed Catholic composer and teacher Dr. Kurt Poterack to campus for a lecture and musical interactions with students.

Students Praise the Value of a Magdalen Education
One student came to Magdalen thanks to The Newman Guide. Now in her fourth year, she admitted to falling in love with the College after her first visit.

Marian Renewal Conference Set for the University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame’s conference, “Mary On the Eve of the Second Vatican Council,” is being held from Oct. 6-8 and is free and open to the public.

Liturgy and the New Evangelization
"'Worship’ itself, Eucharistic communion, includes the reality both of being loved and of loving others in turn." 

40 Years of Blessings at The College of Saint Mary Magdalen
The College of Saint Mary Magdalen asks those “who have been blessed by the College” to pause and give thanks.

The Sacred Liturgy and the Culture of Life
"After all, so the reasoning went, if the 'Mass of the Ages' had changed, why not the Church’s teaching concerning the relation between human intimacy and procreation?"

College of Saint Mary Magdalen Honors Patron Saint
Students, faculty, staff and board members gathered for a special Mass in honor of St. Mary Magdalen and a celebratory lunch.

Why College Students Should Study Sacred Music, By Dr. George Harne
St. John Bosco said that “A school without music is like a body without a soul.”  This certainly applies to colleges and universities.  Music can animate a collegiate community and unite it more effectively than almost anything else.

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.

Newspaper: College of Saint Mary Magdalen Flourishing
The College of Saint Mary Magdalen is rebounding since its “refounding” two years ago, as the school reports that its freshman class doubled in size over last year, and is in fact its largest ever.

Catholic Families Get Help with Exciting New Edition of The Newman Guide
The Cardinal Newman Society today released the 2012-2013 edition of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College with significant new features, as well as a new companion magazine for Catholic high school students and their parents titled My Future, My Faith.

Colleges Rally Around Lawsuit Challenging Obamacare Mandate
The Cardinal Newman Society has signed and helped organize Catholic college signers for a court brief in support of lawsuits filed against the Obama administration by Belmont Abbey College and Wheaton College.

New Knights of Columbus Council Launches at College of Saint Mary Magdalen
A new council of the Knights of Columbus founded at The College of Saint Mary Magdalen last semester will give “the men of the college the opportunity to put their faith into practice,” according to a student who helped bring the Knights to the campus.

EWTN to Feature Conversion Story of Magdalen President from Anglicanism
Dr. George Harne, president of The College of Saint Mary Magdalen in Warner, NH, will appear on EWTN’s program The Journey Home next Monday, May 7. On The Journey Home, host Marcus Grodi regularly interviews guests about their conversions to the Catholic faith.

Catholic College Announces Bold Changes to Emphasize Evangelization

Magdalen College Celebrates 35th Anniversary With Center Fellow
Magdalen College in Warner, New Hampshire, has launched its 35th anniversary celebration, which will include campus appearances by Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments; Sean Cardinal O’Malley of Boston; papal biographer Brennan Pursell; Inside the Vatican editor-in-chief Dr. Robert Moynihan; and pro-life musician Tony Melendez.

Center Director Speaks at Magdalen College
Joseph A. Esposito, Director of The Cardinal Newman Society’s Center for the Study of Catholic Higher Education, spoke at the President’s Council dinner at Magdalen College, April 5.  The talk was attended by the college’s faculty and staff, the entire student body, alumni and supporters.



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