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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.


Trinity President Ironically Criticizes Commencement Season Controversies
6/3/2014
Patricia McGuire, who once accused those who protested President Obama’s commencement honor at Notre Dame of "religious vigilantism," is now calling for an end to the “bread-and-circuses spectacle” of celebrity commencement speakers.


Register Radio Profiles Great Books Program at College of St. Mary Magdalen
6/2/2014
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.” 


Catholic College Reinstates Nursing Chair after Resignation Dustup
5/30/2014
Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans, La., has reportedly reinstated the chair of its nursing department who had previously resigned under controversial circumstances.


CUA President: Popular Culture Still Views Some Things as Sacred
5/30/2014
Catholic University of America President John Garvey argued that the “vigorous community reaction to the ‘black mass’ can provide us with some consolation.”


Fr. Terence Henry: Christendom Grads Fight Culture of Death on ‘Front Lines’
5/28/2014
Fr. Henry was awarded the Pro Deo et Patria Medal at Christendom College’s commencement exercises for “outstanding service to God, the Church, and the country” and for living his “faith concretely in the public square.”


Notre Dame Grad: University Failing in Duty to Bear Witness to Truth
5/28/2014
Michael Bradley is one of the founding members of the group Students for Child-Oriented Policy which, although upholding Catholic teaching on marriage, was recently denied recognition by the University.


Fisher More College Might Not Have Campus for Fall Classes
5/27/2014
Fisher More College in Fort Worth, Tex., has indicated in recent statements that its campus and residential program might not open for the fall 2014 semester.


Federal Court Halts Enforcement of HHS Mandate for Two Christian Colleges
5/23/2014
The lawsuit reportedly argued that “the mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as well as the First and Fifth amendments to the U.S. Constitution.”


Notre Dame Selects Trustee Who Advocated HHS Mandate, Criticized Bishops
5/22/2014
Notre Dame, which sued the federal government over the HHS mandate, has just named a new member to its Board who has publicly supported the mandate and criticized the U.S. bishops’ opposition to it.


Register Radio Zeros in on Good and Bad in Catholic Commencements
5/20/2014
“It seems that we are regressing,” lamented Jeanette De Melo. “We have twenty, what I would say ‘poor choices’ this year, as opposed to only six last year.”  


TV Segment on Catholic School’s Classical Curriculum Wins News Award
5/19/2014
A few years ago, Saint Jerome Academy in Hyattsville, Md., reportedly faced “declining enrollment and funding,” at which time it switched to a Catholic classical curriculum, according to the report done by EWTN’s Wyatt Goolsby.


Thomas Aquinas College Honors Former President, Benefactors of Chapel
5/19/2014
Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles recently visited Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., to bless bronze plaques and a book that honors the benefactors of the campus chapel.


Catholic Schools ‘Switching’ to Charter Schools, Study Finds
5/19/2014
Charter schools must strip themselves of any Catholic identity during the school day.  Because of that, some have attempted to offer religious after-school programs.


Catholic Schools Lead Marian Procession in Nation’s Capital
5/19/2014
“It’s important for building up the two schools, but also our own devotion to Mary and as a public proposal of devotion to Mary to the city,” Barry Stohlman, one of the founders of the event, told the Register.


Catholic High School Puts the ‘Saint’ in ‘Pope John Paul the Great’
5/16/2014
A Catholic high school led by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia was the first high school in the country to be named “Pope John Paul the Great” and now is possibly the first to be called “Saint John Paul the Great.”


Wyoming Catholic College President: Liberal Arts Teaches Students to Be Free
5/15/2014
Dr. Kevin Roberts writes that WCC’s liberal arts curriculum combined with its outdoor leadership program prepares students “to promote the values of Wyoming—hard work, neighborliness, and a joyful spirit.”


Catholic Colleges Need to Teach Chastity, Says Research Expert
5/15/2014
In a culture that sees nothing wrong with sex outside of marriage, having multiple sexual partners and contraception, Catholic colleges should be an exception to the norm, Dr. Patrick Fagan said.


Cheyenne Diocese, Wyoming Catholic College Denied Injunctive Relief from HHS Mandate
5/14/2014
Judge Scott Skavdahl, a President Barack Obama appointee, denied the request to grant temporary relief to the organizations while the lawsuit challenging the mandate is running its course.


Students Concerned About Planned Changes to University of Dayton Chapel
5/13/2014
The proposed renovations to the Immaculate Conception Chapel on campus will reportedly include the removal of the Blessed Sacrament from the main area of the chapel.


Thomas More College Counters Harvard’s ‘Black Mass’ with Prayer, Sacrifice
5/12/2014
“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.”


No-Confidence Vote at Catholic College Follows Controversial Resignation
5/12/2014
Following the controversial resignation of a top administrator, the faculty assembly of Our Lady of Holy Cross College reportedly passed a no-confidence vote in the College president.


Notre Dame Denies Recognition for Group Promoting Catholic Teaching on Marriage
5/9/2014
The University of Notre Dame recognized a “gay-straight alliance” student group last academic year, but it has now denied recognition to a student organization created to uphold the Church's position on marriage.


Buffalo Bishop Malone Requires School to Uphold Catholic Identity
5/8/2014
Bishop Malone expressed his gratitude that a local Catholic high school reportedly chose not to compromise its Catholic mission after the institution refused—albeit with apparent reluctance—to announce a same-sex marriage.


Aquinas College (Tenn.) Confers First Graduate Degrees
5/6/2014
Aquinas College will host Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, S.V., of the Sisters of Life as its commencement speaker and Bishop David Choby of Nashville will celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass.


Some Seton Hall Faculty Oppose Catholic Author Mary Eberstadt as Graduation Speaker
5/6/2014
Mary Eberstadt is a Catholic author who has written extensively about the culture of life, the damage of contraception, and the need for families to focus on raising children.


Loyola Marymount Alumni Decry Plan to Host Planned Parenthood Los Angeles President
5/6/2014
Sue Dunlap, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, is scheduled to speak about “Education’s New Role in Women’s Health” as part of the TEDxLoyolaMarymountU conference taking place on campus later this month.


Benedictine College Rallied to Support Dean’s Family in Time of Crisis
5/2/2014
The dean of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., recently spoke to students about how the College community was instrumental in helping her family after her son was in a devastating car accident last year.


Notre Dame President Marks Papal Canonizations with Promotion of Nuclear Disarmament
4/30/2014
Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins, C.S.C., recently said that the canonization of the two pontiffs was “fortuitous timing” as he hoped they would hear the prayers of those pleading for nuclear disarmament and intercede on their behalf.


Thomas Aquinas College Prays Novena for HHS Mandate Case
4/30/2014
The novena begins today, April 30, and will end on May 8—the day that the District of Columbia Circuit Court will hear the federal government’s appeal of TAC’s victory over the HHS mandate.


Bill Clinton to Deliver Policy Lecture at Alma Mater Georgetown
4/29/2014
Clinton, who is pro-abortion rights, revoked the Mexico City Policy and vetoed a bill banning partial birth abortion while president.


Franciscan Univ. Conference Examined State of Religious Freedom in U.S.
4/29/2014
University President Fr. Sean Sheridan was on a panel discussion at the conference and he addressed the HHS mandate, which the University is currently excused from complying with because of a grandfather clause.


Christendom President Gives Keynote at National Religious Life Meeting
4/29/2014
Dr. Timothy O’Donnell offered a talk entitled, “Building the Civilization of Love through the Sacred Heart.”


Georgetown’s Women in Leadership Summit Honored Abortion Rights Supporter
4/29/2014
Dee Dee Myers, former press secretary for President Bill Clinton, served on the board of NARAL’s San Francisco Power of Choice Luncheon just last month.


Catholic College Presidents Speak in Praise of Canonized Popes
4/28/2014
Christendom College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell said that the College is rejoicing “at the elevation of these two outstanding popes to sanctity.”


Catholic Distance University Celebrates 30 Years of Faith and Innovation
4/25/2014
After beginning with two staff members and only paper-based courses, the now online University enrolls students from all 50 states and 64 countries.


Franciscan Univ. of Steubenville Solidifies Ties with Austrian Monastery
4/24/2014
Franciscan University of Steubenville announced an agreement placing an Austrian monastery, long-time home of the University’s study abroad program, under the sole management of the Foundation Maria Thron.


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