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Archbishop Criticizes Xavier Univ. (La.) for Choice of Commencement Honorees
3/5/2015
Archbishop Aymond of New Orleans recently expressed his disappointment in some of Xavier University of Louisiana’s honorary degree recipient selections for its 2015 commencement. Several of the University’s honoree choices support positions contrary to Catholic teaching.


Fordham Students Encouraging Use of ‘Gender Fluid’ Language
3/3/2015
A group of students at Fordham University is requiring students to use “gender fluid” language and corrects those who fail to do so. The Jesuit university has continued to allow such groups to operate on campus despite views contrary to Church teaching on gender identity.


Catholic School Won’t March in St. Patrick’s Parade, Cites Concerns with Homosexual Advocacy
3/3/2015
Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Still River, Mass., chose to opt out of Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade following an announcement that a homosexual activist group will be marching in the parade “while publicly identifying its homosexuality,” according to Life Site News.



Fordham Students Announce ‘Sexual Health Network’ for Contraceptive Distribution
3/2/2015
An unofficial student organization at Fordham University, which has been petitioning the administration to forfeit its Catholic identity by allowing student access to contraceptives on campus, among other demands, has plans to launch a “sexual health network” for students.


Marquette’s Treatment of Banned Professor Shows ‘Hypocrisy of Academic Freedom’
2/27/2015
Marquette University’s action banning professor John McAdams, even though a radically dissident professor has thrived at the Jesuit university for years, is indicative of the “hypocrisy of academic freedom today,” Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly said.


Almost Quarter of Students Smoke Pot, but Jesuit Univ. Fails to Address Catholic Teaching
2/26/2015
Campus policies prohibiting marijuana were recently addressed at Seattle University, where nearly a quarter of students reportedly use the drug. However, Catholic teaching on the immorality of drug use was apparently absent from the discussion.


Catholic Elms College to Host Pro-Abortion Rights Congressman as Commencement Speaker
2/25/2015
The College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, Mass., is set to host Congressman John Lewis of Georgia as the College’s 2015 commencement speaker, according to a news release, despite his voting record consistently in favor of legal abortion.


Marriage Benefits for Same-Sex Couples Morally Indefensible, Argue Notre Dame Faculty
2/24/2015
The recent expansion of employee marriage benefits to same-sex couples at the University of Notre Dame and other Catholic colleges is indefensible and severely compromises the responsibility to provide moral formation to students, argued three Notre Dame professors.


Notre Dame Scandals under Fr. Jenkins Are Rooted in Diminished Catholic Faculty, Alumni Say
2/20/2015
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.


Jesuit Universities Should Fortify Catholic Identity, Not ‘Rebrand’
2/20/2015
The efforts of many Jesuit universities to “rebrand” and water down their Catholic values is resulting in a widespread issue of misleading unsuspecting parents and students, argued Jim Infantine, the president of the Gonzaga University alumni group 1887 Trust.


New Marquette Provost Chaired Dept. Sponsoring V-Monologues at Notre Dame
2/18/2015
Dr. Daniel Myers has been named Marquette University’s next provost, according to a University announcement. However, while Myers worked at the University of Notre Dame, the department under his direction sponsored the lewd play The Vagina Monologues.


Wayward Catholic Universities Pose Significant Threat to Church’s Survival
2/18/2015
The cultural shift in Catholic academia to secularism "prevents the development of a faithful Catholic 'elite,' which will go on to teach, research, write and advocate in the public square for the Church's vision of a just and moral society," warned Zmirak


Students Encouraged to Bring Same-Sex Dates to ‘Rainbow Prom’ at Santa Clara University
2/13/2015
The Rainbow Prom has been held for the past five years and has reportedly become "one of the most popular on-campus events of the year" with "hundreds of students" in attendance. Last year's prom was titled "Say 'I Do' to Marriage Equality."


Most Catholic Colleges Hosting ‘V-Monologues’ in 2015 Are Jesuit Institutions
2/9/2015
At least eight Catholic colleges and universities will be hosting performances of The Vagina Monologues or have student groups putting on the play in 2015, The Cardinal Newman Society has discovered. This year, six of the eight Catholic institutions are affiliated with the Jesuits.


Saint Louis Univ. Dialogues with Students Opposed to Pro-Traditional Marriage Event
2/9/2015
The administration at Saint Louis University has opened a dialogue with a student homosexual advocacy group which protested a pro-traditional marriage conference and demanded a “diversity and inclusion” event be funded by the University.


‘Mission Day’ at Jesuit Univ. Puts Happy Face on Institutional Schizophrenia, Says Prof
2/6/2015
Loyola Marymount professor Dr. James Hanink expressed concern to The Cardinal Newman Society that the University has merely taken a cosmetic approach to its Catholic identity and failed to address recent scandals that endanger the University’s mission.


Notre Dame Trustees Elect Fr. Jenkins to Third Term as President despite Catholic Identity Concerns
2/5/2015
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.


Marquette Begins Firing Process against McAdams, Claims Blog Led to ‘Impaired Value’
2/5/2015
"If academic freedom is dependent on administrators' judgments of the 'value' of a faculty member, notions of academic freedom are meaningless," McAdams wrote in response.


Internships with Abortion Advocacy Group to Continue at Catholic College, Says Prof
2/4/2015
The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota is promoting internships with the National Organization for Women, despite the group’s outspoken support for legal abortion. A UST representative indicated to the Newman Society that the internships will continue.


Notre Dame Grads Offer LGBTQ Scholarship, Ask Students about Activism Experience
2/4/2015
The two recipients of the new scholarship will receive $2,500 from GALA, but must "identify within the LGBTQ community," according to the scholarship application which can be downloaded from the GALA website.


Abortion Advocacy Internships Promoted by Loyola Marymount Univ. Department
2/2/2015
Loyola Marymount University's political science department is promoting internships for an abortion advocacy organization, despite the University's Catholic identity.


Negative Reactions to Catholic Values at Marquette No Surprise, Says Former Prof
2/2/2015
An emeritus professor of philosophy at Marquette University, Dr. Howard Kainz, wrote that the disciplining of Dr. John McAdams was "shameful" and "strange," particularly in light of Marquette's Catholic identity.


Marquette Prof. McAdams Still Banned, but Gets Support from Surprising Corner
1/27/2015
In an ironic twist, Marquette professor Dr. Daniel Maguire has reportedly sent a letter to the University defending Dr. John McAdams following Marquette’s sudden action banning McAdams from campus.


Catholic View of Abortion, Morality off Limits at Many Catholic Universities
1/27/2015
The freedom to discuss topics such as abortion and sexual morality has been all but lost at many Catholic and Jesuit institutions of higher education, argues Father Robert Araujo, S.J. in a recent article at Mirror of Justice.


Ignoring Bishop, St. Norbert College ‘Adds Insult to Injury’
1/26/2015
St. Norbert College's decision to go ahead with hosting prominent abortion-rights advocate Gloria Steinem is both offensive to its bishop and reflects a deeper misconception about its Catholic identity, argued Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly in a recent interview.


Faculty Concerns Mount for Notre Dame’s Catholic Curriculum
1/23/2015
Several faculty members expressed their concern to the National Catholic Register that theology courses at Notre Dame would not be given priority during the review.


Some Religious Colleges Are Taking Better Approach to ‘Hook-Up’ Trend
1/22/2015
In the midst of incidents of sexual assault and rape on campuses around the country, several religious colleges and universities are ahead of the curve in how they create healthy environments on campus, according to an article by Kimberly Thornbury at Christianity Today.


Former Georgetown Instructor Laments ‘Catholic Façade’ of University
1/21/2015
Georgetown University’s Catholic identity has suffered considerably in recent years due to widespread concessions to more secular standards, argued former Georgetown English instructor Mark Judge in a recent piece on The New Criterion.


Planned Parenthood, NARAL Join Fordham Students in Demanding Contraceptives
1/20/2015
Students for Sex and Gender Equality and Safety (SAGES), an unofficial student group at Fordham University that has petitioned for student access to contraceptives on campus, was joined at a rally last semester by representatives from pro-abortion organizations.


Same-Sex Marriage Advocate George Takei Featured at Boston College
1/19/2015
Boston College’s Robsham Theater recently featured George Takei, an actor and same-sex marriage advocate, according to The Heights. The article made no mention of whether Catholic teaching on human sexuality was integrated into the event.


Notre Dame Should Have Canceled ‘White Privilege’ Course, Says Prominent Alumnus
1/15/2015
The University of Notre Dame’s spring semester course preparing students for a “white privilege conference”—which features speakers opposed to Church teaching—should have been called off, said William Dempsey, chairman of the Sycamore Trust.


Georgetown Students Join Rally Advocating Coverage for Transgender ‘Transitioning’
1/14/2015
Georgetown students reportedly joined a march outside the Justice Department, advocating for gender transitioning insurance coverage and a federal ban on conversion therapy for minors, among other demands, according to The Hoya.


Faithful Catholic Colleges Set Standard for Next Generation of Catholic Higher Ed.
1/14/2015
A recent PJ Media article compares the compromising of religious mission at many older Catholic colleges with examples of faithful Catholic colleges, observing that the latter institutions are paving the way for the future of Catholic higher education.


Catholic Charities CEO Was Georgetown Leader, Opposed Bishops on Abortion in Obamacare
1/13/2015
The new president of Catholic Charities USA led an association of women religious that was the subject of a recent Vatican investigation and publicly undermined the bishops’ efforts to prevent abortion coverage in Obamacare-affiliated insurance plans.


Loyola Chicago’s MLK Celebration to Feature Speaker Who Thanked God for Abortion
1/12/2015
Loyola University Chicago (LUC), despite its Catholic identity, is set to host a pro-abortion rights journalist, who once thanked God for abortion on television, as the keynote speaker of the Jesuit university’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on January 21.


Thanks to Notre Dame, Mario Cuomo’s Speech Became ‘Holy Writ’ for Pro-Choice Catholics
1/9/2015
The University of Notre Dame helped to damage the pro-life cause and also provided a valuable resource to pro-abortion Catholics when it hosted late New York governor Mario Cuomo for his infamous speech more than thirty years ago, said William Dempsey, chairman of the Sycamore Trust.


Bishop Ricken Issues Statement Strongly Opposing St. Norbert’s Invite to Gloria Steinem
1/8/2015
"As bishop, I have the responsibility to ensure the Catholic identity of the Catholic colleges in our diocese," said Bishop Ricken of the Green Bay Diocese. "I have conveyed my strong disapproval to the abbot, the president of the college and the chair of the Board of Trustees."


As Many Jesuit Universities Go with Secular Flow, Neglect of Catholic Mission Continues
1/8/2015
While Catholic identity abuse continues at many Jesuit universities, several leaders and staff members from Jesuit institutions interviewed in the recent Atlantic article apparently accept the status quo.


Concerns Remain about Notre Dame ‘Crossroads’ Project, Impact on Catholic Mission
1/8/2015
The $400 million project includes the construction of three additional buildings as expansions to the University's football stadium, which some argue is a materialistic detraction from the University's Catholic mission.


Fordham Univ. Seeks ‘Room for Compromise’ With Condom Advocates
12/19/2014
Faced with pressure from an unofficial student group to provide free condoms and on-campus access to birth control, Fordham University officials have opened a “dialogue” with advocates while continuing to assert the Jesuit university’s Catholic identity.


Xavier Univ. Workshop Aimed to ‘Challenge Gender Roles’
12/19/2014
Xavier University recently hosted a student workshop designed to “challenge gender roles,” which apparently failed to integrate the Church’s teaching on sexual identity.


Marquette Prof. McAdams Points to Blog in Support of Catholic Identity as Cause of Suspension
12/18/2014
Marquette University professor John McAdams indicated that an article on his blog—which exposes Catholic identity scandals at the university—is likely the cause of his suspension. The Cardinal Newman Society spoke with McAdams in an exclusive interview today.


Catholic Higher Ed. Threatened by ‘LGBT Advocacy’ Argues Professor
12/18/2014
Catholic higher education is at considerable risk due to the advance of “sexual radicalism and extreme LGBT advocacy,” argued professor Robert Oscar Lopez in a recent piece at Public Discourse. Such advocacy at Catholic colleges often seeks to destabilize Catholic identity.


Professor Who Exposes Catholic Identity Scandals Is Suspended by Marquette Univ.
12/17/2014
Dr. John McAdams, a professor of political science at Marquette University whose blog posts have brought to light many of the Jesuit University’s actions undermining its Catholic identity, has reportedly been suspended from Marquette.


Hillary Clinton at Georgetown a ‘Been There, Done That’ Kind of Event
12/16/2014
Georgetown University once again hosted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for a prestigious engagement on campus, despite her staunch opposition to Catholic teaching on key issues.


Students Downplay Role of Faith, Spiritual Life at Catholic College
12/16/2014
The faith life at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., plays a limited role of influence in students’ lives, according to a recent article by the editor-in-chief of the College’s student newspaper, The Ionian.


Notre Dame Offers Course Preparing Students for Anti-Christian Conference
12/15/2014
The University of Notre Dame is offering a course for the upcoming spring semester that includes in-class preparation for a conference with indications of anti-Christian sentiments.


Professors Urge Notre Dame to Fix Broken Core Curriculum
12/12/2014
At least a few Notre Dame faculty members have taken the occasion of a ten-year academics review to argue for the improvement of the University’s core curriculum requirement, which one professor said “has deteriorated,” The Irish Rover reported.


Internships with Pro-Abortion Groups Listed, Then Removed from Catholic College Website
12/12/2014
The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota (UST) was recently discovered to have listed volunteer opportunities for students with abortion advocacy organizations, though the information has since been removed.


Objection to Same-Sex Marriage Called ‘Harassment’ in Marquette Univ. Training
12/11/2014
Marquette University provided its employees with an anti-harassment training program which promoted the idea that criticism of same-sex marriage should be reported as harassment, despite clear Catholic teaching on marriage as between one man and one woman.


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