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As Faithful Educators Gather in Rome, Newman Society Poised to Provide Answers
After talking to numerous educators and witnessing many global perspectives on education, it is clear that The Cardinal Newman Society is well-positioned to continue answering the educational emergencies developing in the United States, said the Newman Society’s vice president for program development Bob Laird, who is currently attending the World Congress on Catholic education.

“It is very clear that The Cardinal Newman Society is poised to provide answers to the challenges discussed during the Congress,” said Laird, noting the Society’s keen grasp of pertinent education issues including religious freedom, Catholic identity, student life, curriculum and academics.

“The Cardinal Newman Society is poised to be a leader in Catholic education at both the K-12 level and at the college-university level because it has over the years continued to use the rich history and tradition of the Catholic Church as a backdrop for moving forward into the future,” he said.

Late Cardinal Played Key Role in Catholic Ed. in Lead-up to Ex corde Ecclesiae
Cardinal William Baum, one of the principal players in Pope St. John Paul II’s constitution on Catholic higher education, Ex corde Ecclesiae, has passed away at the age of 88 after a long illness, according to Catholic News Service. He died on July 23 in Washington, D.C., at a residence run by the Little Sisters of the Poor.

“Cardinal Baum served as the head of the Congregation for Catholic Education during some of the most pivotal years,” said Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly. “Ex corde Ecclesiae provided Catholic colleges, for the first time, with clear guidelines for maintaining Catholic identity. Even though it continues to challenge the practices at many Catholic institutions, a cadre of faithful Catholic institutions is setting a new standard for Catholic higher education by putting Ex corde into practice.”

Cardinal Baum, who served as the archbishop of Washington, D.C., from 1973 to 1980, died just weeks short of Ex corde’s 25th anniversary. A cardinal for more than 39 years—the longest tenure of any cardinal in U.S. history—he also served as prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education from 1980 to 1990, the year Ex corde was promulgated, and then head of the Apostolic Penitentiary until he retired in 2001.

Philly Catholics Celebrate Classical Education as Hope for Families, Religious Freedom

At the annual “Stand Up for Children” gala hosted by Regina Coeli Academy of Abingdon, Penn., last month, prominent Philadelphia-area Catholics celebrated the impact of Catholic education in defense of religious freedom and the family.

The topic of the family was especially on their minds, as the Archdiocese of Philadelphia anticipates the World Meeting of Families and the arrival of Pope Francis in September.

Patrick Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society, delivered the keynote address and praised the benefits of classical Catholic education at Regina Coeli Academy.

“My talk today is about hope—and I believe that our reasons for celebrating Regina Coeli Academy today are as much about hope for the future as they are about the lives that were touched even just today, as I watched your teachers witness the love that Christ has for your students,” Reilly said.

Catholic Educators, Pro-Marriage Groups Urge Congress to Protect Tax Exemption

Today The Cardinal Newman Society and 34 leaders of Catholic schools and colleges joined with a coalition of religious groups led by the Family Research Council (FRC), in a letter urging Congress to protect the tax-exempt status of educational institutions that uphold traditional marriage.

During oral arguments in the Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the Obama administration seeks the redefinition of marriage, the U.S. Solicitor General suggested that religious colleges and schools could lose their tax-exempt status “if [they] opposed same-sex marriage.”

Rob Schwarzwalder, vice president of policy for the Family Research Council, which organized today’s letter, explained the threat to Christian schools and colleges. If they were to lose their tax-exempt status, the aftermath would be “almost unimaginable,” he told The Cardinal Newman Society, which recruited many Catholic institutions to join the letter. “It would devastate the ability of the Church to function.”

Vatican to Address ‘Educational Emergency’ at World Congress Marking Key Anniversaries
Marking the anniversaries of two critical Vatican documents on education, the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education is preparing for a World Congress this year to address the growing “educational emergency” in Catholic education.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II Declaration on Christian Education, Gravissium Educationis, issued by Pope Paul VI in 1965, and the 25th anniversary of the Apostolic Constitution on Catholic Universities, Ex corde Ecclesiae, issued by Saint Pope John Paul II in 1990.

But while the anniversaries call for celebration of the important mission of Catholic education, the Congregation for Catholic Education plans to discuss some of the more critical concerns in education when its World Congress meets in Rome on November 18-21.

“As part of these celebrations, the Congregation aims to re-energize the Church’s commitment to education, by means of this World Congress,” the Congregation states on its website. “In the years following the Second Vatican Council, the Magisterium has repeatedly spoken of the importance of education, and has also invited the Christian community to play its part in education – particularly in the face of today’s obvious, and often critical, ‘educational emergency.’”

Vatican’s New Education Prefect Opposes ‘Relativistic’ Culture, Defends Family
Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, who was recently named by Pope Francis to serve as prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education, has a strong record of defending marriage and family against a culture that increasingly dilutes the importance of those sacred institutions.

His appointment comes at a time when Catholic education and religious freedom are under attack by advocates for the redefinition of marriage and sexual morality, and just months before the Synod on the Family later this year.

In a 2013 speech on the defense of the natural family, Cardinal Versaldi urged the Church to resist a “relativistic and subjective culture,”ZENIT reported. As modern culture becomes increasingly embroiled in redefinition, it becomes more necessary than ever to safeguard “the full and objective meaning of marriage,” Cardinal Versaldi said.

Vatican official says Cath. colleges have higher calling, Archbishops call for religious protections, and More
Vatican official says Cath. colleges have higher calling, Archbishops call for religious protections, and More

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.

John Paul the Great Catholic U. Receives Final Accreditation, Aims to ‘Impact Culture for Christ’
JP Catholic continues to become a "world-class University offering degree programs at the intersection of the Creative Arts, Business, and Theology, deeply rooted in a Catholic liberal arts foundation," according to the news release.

Belmont Abbey College ‘Centered on Christ’
A recent article in Our State: Down Home in North Carolina highlighted the College’s Benedictine roots, Catholic identity, and relationship with the Benedictine monks.

Ave Maria Renews President Towey’s Contract, Applauds Him as Catholic Identity Leader
President Towey, who joined the Ave Maria community in 2011, will continue to serve in his position for an additional five years with his new contract lasting until June 30, 2020.

Cardinal Wuerl: Catholics Should Speak up for Faith amidst Religious Freedom Attacks
This Lent gives Catholics a perfect opportunity to defend the faith, argued Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington in a recent post critiquing the double standard presented by two Washington, D.C., laws attacking the religious freedom of Catholic schools.

Infamous Public Relations Guru Organizing Attacks on Archbishop, Writes Hendershott
"Singer has launched a media blitz to defeat the archbishop's policy, claiming to have been hired by 'concerned parents'; who oppose the archbishop's instruction that teachers in the diocesan schools should teach in communion with the Church," wrote Hendershott.

Archbishop Cordileone Expanding Teachers’ Handbook in Support of Catholic Mission
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has invited theology teachers from four Catholic high schools to help in supplementing the faculty handbook in support of the Catholic mission of archdiocesan schools, according to a letter released to Catholic San Francisco.

Wyoming Catholic College Abstains from Federal Aid, Cites Preservation of Catholic Mission
Wyoming Catholic College (WCC) in Lander, Wyo., announced today that it will not participate in federal student loan and grant programs. The decision was made following a unanimous vote by the College's board of directors.

Notre Dame Scandals under Fr. Jenkins Are Rooted in Diminished Catholic Faculty, Alumni Say
Notre Dame alumni spoke with The Cardinal Newman Society to share their reflections on how the University has damaged its Catholic identity and how it can pave a way forward by facilitating an increase in faithful Catholic faculty.

Christendom President to Address Thousands at World Meeting of Families
The three-day programming portion of the event will feature presentations and breakout sessions that address topics such as strengthening familial bonds, the challenges families face in the 21st century, and other family life issues.

Notre Dame Trustees Elect Fr. Jenkins to Third Term as President despite Catholic Identity Concerns
The University of Notre Dame recently announced that Father John Jenkins, C.S.C. has been elected by the Board of Trustees to serve a third five-year term as president of the University, despite the many instances of Catholic identity abuse that have occurred during his tenure.

Catholic U. President to Co-Lead Event on ‘Calling of Faith-Based Universities’
Universities rooted in traditions of faith are apt at determining their purposes, President John Garvey argued, according to CUA.

Pope Explains Place of Education in Interreligious Dialogue
Pope Francis recently spoke with members of the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies and emphasized proper education in order to foster interreligious dialogue, but warned against a comfortable approach that simply affirms everything, according to Zenit.

New Serbian Law Enables Catholic Church to Establish and Run Schools
A new law enabling the Vatican to establish and run Catholic schools in Serbia has been agreed upon and adopted by the Serbian parliament, according to InSerbia News.

No Religious Education without Religious Freedom, Says Newman Society President
Two bills currently threatening Catholic educational institutions in Washington, D.C., are grim reminders that true religious education cannot occur without religious freedom, warned Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly.

Pope Francis Discusses Importance of Education with Italian Prime Minister
The Holy Father recently met with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and discussed the role of education in helping the next generation of Europe, according to ZENIT. The discussion reportedly took place as part of an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on December 13.

‘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.

D.C. Council Steamrolls Religious Freedom for Catholic Schools, Universities
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
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
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
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
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’
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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