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Catholic University in Hawaii Promotes Event with Al Gore Despite His Abortion Rights Support
4/15/2014
Chaminade University in Hawaii is offering tickets to students at a discount price to attend a talk by former Vice President Al Gore, an abortion rights and same-sex marriage advocate.


St. Thomas Aquinas Should Have ‘Enormous Impact’ on Leadership, Says Well-Known Student of Aquinas
4/14/2014
Aquinas would ask, “What holds an organization together and what breaks it apart?” because “every substance for St. Thomas is a composite whole,” according to Dr. Redpath.


Saint Peter’s University to Honor Mayor Who Officiated at Same-Sex Marriages
4/10/2014
Mayor Steven Fulop of Jersey City will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Jesuit University at its commencement ceremony next month.


Notre Dame Petitions Court for Rehearing in HHS Mandate Case
4/9/2014
The petition filed by the University argues that Notre Dame seeks to provide health coverage to its employees “in a manner consistent with its Catholic beliefs.” 


Belmont Abbey College Announces New Plan to Operate Exclusively on Tuition
4/7/2014
The new “Affordable Private College Model” will “serve students better, shrink general administrative costs by $1 million annually and eliminate the need for‘gap’ funding.”


Thousands in Donations to Planned Parenthood Overseen by Aquinas College (Mich.) Graduation Speaker
4/4/2014
Aquinas College announced that its commencement speaker will be Kate Pew Wolters, a Trustee Emerita of the college.


University of Mary President to Preach Good Friday Service in St. Patrick’s Cathedral
4/3/2014
From noon until 3:00 pm on Friday, April 18, Monsignor James Shea will lead the faithful in meditation on Christ’s suffering and death.


Le Moyne May Soon Become First Jesuit College to Appoint Laywoman as President
4/3/2014
“I think if anyone is going to break the ceiling in terms of the Catholic hierarchy, I suspect that a Jesuit institution will be stepping up to the plate very soon,” Linda LeMura reportedly told Today’s CNY Woman.


Wyoming Catholic College Gets Temporary Stay after Complaint against HHS Mandate
4/2/2014
WCC President Kevin Roberts stated, “this College will not and cannot accept an unjust law that violates our first freedom, for practicing that freedom is the very reason that Wyoming Catholic College exists.”


Fordham Hosts ‘Gender Theorist’ for Prestigious Annual Lecture
4/2/2014
The lecture titled “‘We the People,’ or Plural Action” was scheduled for April 1 to be delivered by Dr. Judith Butler, a rhetoric and literature professor from University of California Berkeley.


Cardinal, Bishop, EWTN Exec. to Be Honored at Franciscan Univ. Commencement
4/1/2014
Cardinal DiNardo will be the main celebrant at the University’s Baccalaureate Mass, while Bishop Monforton will assist with the University’s exercises for graduate students.


Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming Catholic College Request Injunction from HHS Mandate
3/31/2014
This motion is in addition to the lawsuit filed by the institutions earlier this year.


Newman Society, Catholic Colleges Challenge Federal Labor Board in Possible Landmark Case
3/28/2014
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.


Newly Appointed Lay President of Marquette Univ. Known for Devotion to Catholic Faith
3/28/2014
Marquette University recently hired its first lay president; a “deeply spiritual” Catholic who regularly takes part in Eucharistic Adoration and felt called to lead the Jesuit university.


High Schoolers to Encounter Christ at University of Mary Summer Program
3/27/2014
The University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., is hosting a Cor Christi (Heart of Christ) Institute for high school students to have a “living encounter with the foundational teachings and practices of the Catholic faith.”


Editor of ISI College Guide Explains Why Gonzaga Was Dropped
3/26/2014
The 1887 Trust organization is pointing to the Jesuit University’s exclusion from the most recent edition of “Choosing the Right College” to call the University to recommit to its Catholic identity.


Ave Maria President Offers Commentary on Supreme Court HHS Mandate Case
3/26/2014
“Their debate will provide insights into what might ultimately happen with our lawsuit (that has been stayed pending the high court’s ruling),” said Ave Maria University President Jim Towey.


Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Hobby Lobby Case
3/25/2014
The Supreme Court today is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases against the Obama Administration’s HHS mandate, with implications for Catholic colleges and religious freedom.


Mount St. Mary’s University Reappoints Dr. Powell as President
3/24/2014
“It is a distinct privilege to serve as President of Mount St. Mary’s University. I am humbled and grateful the Board of Trustees asked me to remain at the helm while the search for my successor continues.”


Catholic College Hosts ‘Bioethicist’ Who Supports Forcing Catholic Hospitals to Do Abortions
3/24/2014
Alvernia, founded by the Bernardine Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Francis, said in its release that lecturer Arthur Caplan is “considered one of the foremost experts on Bioethics.”


Teacher Fired After Gay Marriage Sues Catholic High School
3/18/2014
Ken Bencomo’s lawyer, Patrick McGarrigle, said that Bencomo was told by a school administrator that he was losing his job because his same-sex marriage was “in public and violated the Church’s teaching.”


Christendom College to Honor Fr. Terence Henry at Commencement
3/17/2014
Fr. Terence Henry, chancellor and former president of Franciscan University of Steubenville, will preside over Christendom’s Baccalaureate Mass and receive the Pro Deo et Patria medal in May.


Catholic Alumni: Finalists for Loyola Marymount Dean Both Worked at Planned Parenthood
3/17/2014
Renew LMU is calling on the University to re-start the selection process and "ensure the new Dean ... demonstrates a strong record of furthering Catholic mission and identity..."


Teacher’s Union Unsettled with Common Core Implementation, Rejects Gates Funding
3/11/2014
A teacher’s union is citing the poor implementation of the Common Core State Standards as a reason to reject further funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for its Innovation Fund.


Catholic School Recommits to Leading Boston St. Patrick’s Parade
3/10/2014
A Catholic school outside Boston, Mass., which had pulled out of a St. Patrick’s Day parade after organizers announced that a gay advocacy group would march, is now back in the parade after the invitation to the group was rescinded.


Catholic School Vice Principal Fired for Same-Sex Marriage Plans Lawsuit
3/7/2014
The School had stated that Mark Zmuda had signed an employment agreement to act in accordance with the values and teachings of the Catholic Church. By legally marrying his same-sex partner, he broke that agreement, according to the School.


Ave Maria Univ. Announces Librarian of Congress as Commencement Speaker
3/7/2014
Dr. James Hadley Billington, who was sworn in as the Librarian of Congress in 1987, will be awarded an honorary doctorate in “recognition of his exemplary public service and lifetime achievements at home and abroad.”


Notre Dame Announces Strategic Plan Making Catholic Character a Priority
3/6/2014
“We place at the forefront of this new strategic plan the University’s Catholic character and the need for it to touch every aspect of our life and work,” the plan states.


Restrictive IRS Proposal Opposed by Higher Ed Groups
3/5/2014
The new proposal would “fundamentally damage the role that colleges and universities have played for hundreds of years,” according to a joint letter.


Aquinas College (Tenn.) Revises Growth Plans, Set to Expand Current Campus
3/5/2014
Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn., has announced plans to expand its current campus to include a multi-purpose facility with a residential hall, student life center and dining facility.


Catholic School Will Not March in St. Patrick’s Day Parade with Group that Supports Same-Sex Marriage
3/4/2014
The Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Harvard, Massachusetts, announced that its band will not march in the parade nor will it provide a float.


Cardinal Wuerl, Catholic U. Prof. Urge President Obama to Defend Religious Freedom
3/4/2014
"As you promote religious freedom abroad, please also give attention to preserving the First Amendment freedoms of all Americans here at home,” the letter stated.


First Amendment Freedoms Threatened by IRS Proposal, Say Newman Society, Religious Groups
2/28/2014
The proposal would “create very serious constitutional burdens on the First Amendment rights of freedom of religion and speech” of Catholic schools, colleges and other religious nonprofits.


Students Protest Loyola Chicago for Canceling Classes Which Taught Students to Protest
2/28/2014
A number of students enrolled in the Jesuit University’s master’s program in social justice and community development delivered speeches and waved signs which read "Who Is Loyola Loyal To?" in protest.


Loyola Univ. New Orleans President Censures Professor’s Comments on Slavery
2/25/2014
The president of Loyola University New Orleans and several faculty members have censured the views of a libertarian-minded professor who criticized civil rights legislation and wrote that slavery “wasn’t so bad.”


Fr. Schall on the Troubling Transformation of Religious Freedom
2/25/2014
Fr. Schall, S.J., who taught political philosophy at Georgetown University for decades until recently retiring, wrote that the secular state’s efforts to narrow the definition of religious freedom must be thwarted.


Ukrainian Catholic University Professor Killed in Protest
2/24/2014
The University is mourning the loss of Bohdan Solchanyk, an archivist and sociologist with a special interest in electoral practices in contemporary Ukraine.


Hilary Rodham Clinton Awards at Georgetown University Presented by Clinton
2/24/2014
Clinton once reportedly called a ban on partial birth abortion an “erosion of our constitutional rights” and is thought to be considering a run for the presidency of the United States in 2016.


Resisting Unionization, Seattle U. Fears NLRB Oversight Could Infringe on Catholic Identity
2/24/2014
A group of adjunct faculty members at Seattle University recently filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board with the intent of forming a union with Service Employees International Union Local 925.


Ave Maria Univ. Dedicates Mother Teresa Project Exhibition Hall
2/21/2014
The Mother Teresa Project Exhibition Hall will “tell the story of the modern-day saint through film, oral histories, handwritten letters, photographs, a personal crucifix, a relic of her hair and other memorabilia.”


Catholic School Learns Coach Works for Planned Parenthood, Will Not Renew Contract
2/20/2014
“Certainly being employed by Planned Parenthood, an organization that by its nature violates Catholic moral teaching by providing abortions, is not being a good role model to the children attending Catholic schools.”


Santa Clara Univ. Trustees Support Dropping Abortion from Health Insurance
2/19/2014
Citing Santa Clara University’s Jesuit and Catholic identity as well as the words of Pope Francis, the University’s board of trustees has rejected a faculty resolution urging it to restore coverage of abortion in the employee health plan.


Abortion Rights Supporting Congressman Speaks at Georgetown
2/11/2014
Congressman John Lewis was invited to speak at Georgetown about his new memoir March: Book One which details his experiences during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom with Martin Luther King Jr.


President-Elect of St. Francis University Models Servant Leadership
2/5/2014
“Our number one focus should be our Catholic, Franciscan identity,” Fr. Malachi said.  “If we focus on our identity first, then everything else will fall into place… St. Francis should know its mission and not be afraid to live it.”


Religious Sisters Devoted to Making a Difference in Education, Says New York Post Columnist
2/3/2014
“Catholic school students are not just taught, but loved,” William McGurn writes in an opinion piece for the New York Post.


Catholic School Harassed for Denying Job to Man in Same-Sex Marriage
2/3/2014
A Massachusetts man is asking the Commonwealth to punish a Catholic school for preserving its Catholic mission, by allegedly rescinding a job offer because the applicant identified his same-sex husband as his emergency contact.


Wyoming Catholic College, Cheyenne Diocese Seeking Relief from HHS Mandate
1/31/2014
WCC President: "The history of both the Church and the Republic is filled with people who stood in the face of injustice, laboring humbly but diligently toward its end. And so shall we..."


Pope Tells Notre Dame to 'Defend, Preserve, Advance’ Catholic Identity
1/30/2014
Pope Francis today urged the University of Notre Dame to be an “uncompromising witness… to the Church’s moral teaching” and to resist “efforts, from whatever quarter, to dilute that indispensable witness."


Catholic School Search ‘Disheartening,’ Laments Catholic Columnist
1/30/2014
Matthew Archbold—a father, Catholic columnist and reporter—chronicles his frustrating search for an authentic Catholic high school for his 8th grade daughter in his blog post.


Minnesota School Finds Success in Catholic Identity, Classical Roots
1/28/2014
Saint Agnes School hasn’t been exempt from challenges in its 125-year history, but the journey has made the Catholic school that much stronger.


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