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D.C. Council Steamrolls Religious Freedom for Catholic Schools, Universities
12/11/2014
The Council of the District of Columbia has repealed an exemption to the D.C. Human Rights Act for Catholic schools and universities, despite warnings from Catholic education leaders of the dire consequences such a move would have for religious freedom in the nation’s capital.


Pope Francis: ‘Christian Education’ Requires Patience
12/2/2014
Pope Francis encouraged the Church’s volunteers and missionaries to provide “Christian education” that acknowledges “serious identity issues” among young people and “requires a patient accompaniment which is capable of waiting for the right moment for each person."


Bishop Flores: Catholic Schools Must Continue Outreach to Underserved, Immigrant Communities
11/21/2014
The Church must make a “special, intentional effort” to reach out to underserved communities and to find ways to make Catholic schooling a possibility for them, Bishop Flores, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church, stated on Register Radio.


Pontifical Universities Are Key to Understanding Family, Cardinal Scola Says
11/11/2014
Cardinal Scola, a former rector and professor at the Pontifical Lateran University, opened the academic year at the Lateran with a lecture on Pope Francis' vision for universities.


Pope Francis Reaffirms Family’s Integral Role in Education
11/10/2014
The family is “the primary place of education,” said Pope Francis to members of the Italian Catholic Adult Scout Movement. The Holy Father stressed the importance of family in educating the next generation, forming vocations, and creating a community of love and life.


Archbishop Chaput: The Goal of Catholic Education is to ‘Equip Saints’
11/4/2014
The goal of Catholic education is “to equip saints for life in this world and the next,” Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia stated in a pastoral letter released by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on November 3.


Pope Comments on How Universities Can Encourage Dialogue between Faith and Reason
10/17/2014
Pope Francis recently sent a message to the Italian Catholic University Federation, according to Vatican Information Service, conveying the importance of its work in universities with three words: study, research, and frontier.


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.


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.


Franciscan U. Hosting 'Academic Freedom and Revealed Truth' Event on Ex Corde
9/26/2014
The event will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ex corde Ecclesiae and serve as the first installment of the University's "Fidelity and Freedom" series.


Future of Catholic Education in Israel Is Uncertain, Says Expert
9/23/2014
At present, the vast number of Catholic school leaders in Israel “are very discouraged and have little hope for a bright future,” said Father Jeffrey Burwell, the director of Catholic studies at the University of Manitoba in Canada, in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society.


Catholic Universities Must Be Wholly Consecrated to Truth, Says Msgr. Swetland
9/22/2014
A university’s commitment to Catholic identity is dependent on its dedication to the truth, said Monsignor Stuart Swetland, the newly appointed president of Donnelly College in Kansas City, in a National Catholic Register interview.


Christian Persecution Research Project Launched at Notre Dame, Georgetown
9/18/2014
A team of scholars, led by centers at the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University, was recently established to research, report on, and raise awareness about Christian persecution throughout the world.


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.


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.


Fr. Sheridan: Pastoral Care, Evangelization Essential to Catholic Campus Life
9/4/2014
The article "Living the Joy of the Gospel in Student Life" is adapted from a talk given by Fr. Sheridan to Catholic college officials at the Newman Society’s student life symposium, "Striving for Excellence as Student Life Leaders."


Soccer Match Proceeds to Fund Education Project Supported by Pope
9/3/2014
Proceeds from the Interreligious Match for Peace will go to Scholas Occurrentes, an educational entity launched by the Pope Francis. World Cup and international soccer stars gathered to play a charity match on September 1.


Notre Dame to Host ‘Gender and Culture’ Summer Program for High Schoolers
9/3/2014
The University of Notre Dame’s 2015 pre-college summer course schedule includes a program entitled “Gender and Culture in American Society.” The program description on the Notre Dame website makes no mention of Catholic teaching on the sexes.


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.


Former Polish PM to Speak on Legacy of JPII at Franciscan’s Austria Campus
8/28/2014
Franciscan University of Steubenville issued a news release on Aug. 25 stating that former Polish Prime Minister Hanna Suchocka will speak at an Austrian symposium, held at Franciscan’s study abroad site, on the legacy and contributions of Pope Saint John Paul II.


NY Catholic Schools Chief Sees Benefits, ‘Lamentable’ Catholic Concerns in City’s Pre-K Program
8/27/2014
The Catholic schools superintendent for the Archdiocese of New York is concerned about conflicts with Catholic identity in the Catholic schools that participate in New York City’s pre-kindergarten program, but he also sees benefits to their participation.


Bishops Plan Renewed Working Group on Ex corde Ecclesiae
8/26/2014
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Catholic Education is in the process of identifying and inviting Catholic college presidents and bishops to discuss topics of Catholic education in America in a new working group.


New Catholic Charities Senior VP Explains How CUA Prepared Him for Job
8/25/2014
In his new position, Corbin said he sees how all his studies and experiences are coming together as a culmination of years of preparation.“ This is incredible,” he said, “this is what I’ve been training for or hoping to do and I’m thrilled to be part of it.”


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.


Bishop Rhoades Praises Commitment to Catholic Education at Local School
8/22/2014
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish of Fort Wayne, Ind., recently completed construction on a new educational wing for the opening of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School.


St. Joseph’s University President and Vice President to Step Down
8/22/2014
President Father C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J. and vice president John Smithson of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia will step down at the end of the 2014-15 academic year, according to NBC.


Christendom President Reconfirmed as Pontifical Consultor by Pope Francis
8/21/2014
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. 


Archbishop Carlson Asks Catholic Schools for Masses and Rosaries for Ferguson
8/21/2014
On Monday, August 18, Archbishop Robert Carlson issued a letter to the faithful in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, focusing on the “turmoil and tragedy” in the Ferguson, Mo., community and its struggle “to find peace in the chaos.”


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.


Walsh University Forms School of Arts and Sciences
8/20/2014
Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, recently formed a new School of Arts and Sciences, the University reported. It is one of three comprehensive schools now found at Walsh.


Grads in Science, Tech, Math to ‘Lead Ethically’, Says President of UST in Houston
8/20/2014
The University of St. Thomas (UST) in Houston has been rapidly expanding its science, technology, engineering and math programs (STEM), reported the Houston Chronicle last week. The expansion is reportedly a result of both societal need and student demand.


New Head Chaplain at TAC: Chaplains Help Students Thrive Humanly and Spiritually
8/18/2014
This fall, students at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., will arrive to find a new head chaplain and a returning member of the chaplaincy on campus, reports the College.


California Could Force Abortion Coverage at Catholic Universities, Violating Federal Law
8/12/2014
California’s health care agency is conducting “an in-depth analysis of the issues surrounding coverage for abortion services,” in reaction to last year’s decisions by two Catholic universities to end payments for employee health insurance coverage of elective abortion.


Georgetown Professor Named Counsel to Vice President Joe Biden
8/8/2014
Georgetown University Law Center professor Victoria Nourse will now serve as counsel to Vice President Joe Biden, according to a press release from the University.


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.


Ave Maria President: Calcutta Service Trip ‘At Heart of Educational Experience’
6/24/2014
Ave Maria University President Jim Towey and twelve students served with Blessed Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity from May 12 to 23, assisting in various capacities, including serving handicapped children.


New York Post Praises Thomas Aquinas College’s Financial Aid Program
6/23/2014
The New York Post recently highlighted Thomas Aquinas College as one of a few colleges in the country that is “addressing the rising student-debt issue with an innovative use of an old-fashioned concept: work.”


Notre Dame Could Be ‘Only Catholic Litigant’ Held to HHS Mandate, Warns Alumnus
6/16/2014
The chairman of the Sycamore Trust, a group of Notre Dame alumni committed to strengthening its Catholic identity, wrote a letter arguing that the University should remove a recently appointed board member who supports the HHS mandate.


Rome Pilgrimage Deepens Faith of Catholic High School Graduates
6/13/2014
The 16 students who comprised the graduating class visited many sites in Rome, including the Sistine Chapel, but student Haylee McArthur reportedly said that seeing Pope Francis was the highlight of the trip.


Admissions Officers Meet to Share Best Practices, Strengthen Catholic Identity
6/12/2014
“The admissions officers from many Catholic colleges have been meeting regularly via our conference calls for several years, but this is the first time that they were able to meet in person,” said Bob Laird, the director of programs for the Society.


Newman Society Lauds Appointment of Msgr. Swetland as President of Donnelly College
6/11/2014
“Msgr. Swetland has been instrumental in helping Catholic colleges strengthen and preserve their Catholic identity—and I know he will be a faith-filled leader at Donnelly College.”


Accreditation of Canadian Christian Law School Threatened Due to Morality Policy
6/11/2014
A new law school at Trinity Western University prohibits students and faculty from sexual relationships outside of traditional marriage.


Alumni to Notre Dame: Arrange for Departure of Trustee Who Supports HHS Mandate
6/9/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society broke the news last month that Notre Dame named to its Board of Trustees Katie Washington, who has publicly supported the HHS mandate and criticized the U.S. bishops’ opposition to it.


Seattle U. Appeals NLRB Claim That It Is Not Religious Enough, Faculty Votes Impounded
6/6/2014
Although the NLRB continued its infringement on religious freedom last month and declared that Seattle University is not religious enough to be exempt from the labor board’s oversight, the University appealed the decision.


Ken Starr: We Must be Vigilant to Defend Our Heritage of Religious Freedom
6/5/2014
Baylor University President Ken Starr wrote a piece on the history of religious freedom in the U.S. and  urged vigilance in protecting it at the blog of the Religious Freedom Project.


Wyoming Catholic College Announces ‘Liberty Lecture Series’ throughout State
6/4/2014
The series, which is free and open to the public, “will focus on fundamental principles of our American Government and current trends in political thought.” 


U.S. Cardinals Raise $2 Million for Catholic University of America Scholarships
6/3/2014
Eight U.S. Cardinals and 750 guests recently gathered for the 25th annual “American Cardinals Dinner” at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City to raise scholarship money for Catholic University of America students.


Abortion Rights Party Line a Discouragement to Students, Say Canadian Catholic Educators
6/3/2014
The members of a Catholic school board in Ontario, Canada, are warning that Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau’s requirement that fellow party members support abortion rights may prevent students from interacting in public life.


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