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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.


Creighton President Falsely Claims to Follow Christ in Same-Sex Benefits
12/10/2014
The president of Creighton University missed the true meaning of Christ’s instruction to welcome all people, when he used that teaching as justification to offer employment benefits to same-sex partners of employees, writes Father Paul Scalia at The Catholic Thing.


Notre Dame Professor Accuses Pope of ‘Crass Chauvinism,’ Alumnus Refutes
12/10/2014
Notre Dame professor Candida Moss recently co-wrote an op-ed accusing Pope Francis of “crass chauvinism,” but alumnus Michael Bradley took to the pages of Ethika Politika to challenge her assertions.


Georgetown Pays President More than Any Catholic College, but Catholic Identity Abuse Continues
12/10/2014
Georgetown University President John DeGioia was ranked 15th in an analysis of the most highly paid presidents conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Georgetown, the only Catholic university on the list, has been at the center of many Catholic identity-related scandals.


Alumni Summarize Catholic Identity Concerns at Notre Dame from Last 18 Months
12/9/2014
An organization dedicated to restoring the University of Notre Dame’s Catholic identity recently released a report noting that the past 18 months “have been marked by a battery of increasingly alarming actions” concerning the University's Catholic identity.


Politics Department at Jesuit U. Funds Event for Students with Planned Parenthood
12/5/2014
An event called “Let’s Talk Sex” was recently hosted at Fairfield University by the College Democrats and reportedly received funding from the Jesuit university’s politics department, according to The Fairfield Mirror.


Fairfield Hosts President of U.S. Fund for UNICEF
12/5/2014
Fairfield University recently hosted the president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Caryl Stern, for the Jesuit university’s annual Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lectureship, despite UNICEF’s ties to the promotion of abortion and contraception.


Notre Dame Hosts ‘Gender and Childhood’ Conference
12/4/2014
A University of Notre Dame conference on “Gender and Childhood” currently taking place includes a broad range of topics in at least 20 panel discussions, but no mention of how the event will integrate Catholic teaching.


Saint Michael’s College Accepts Unconstitutional Oversight of Federal Labor Board
12/3/2014
The Catholic Church often looks favorably on collective bargaining by employees, but federal oversight can mean enforcement of union demands that compromise a college’s Catholic mission, such as immoral health benefits.


Professors from Jesuit Univ. Support Colleague’s Same-Sex Marriage
12/1/2014
A number of faculty members from the University of Scranton recently attended the same-sex marriage of a fellow professor showing "strong support for the marriage," according to student newspaper The Aquinas.


Pressure Builds for ‘Gender-Neutral’ Spaces on Campus at St. Joseph’s University
11/26/2014
Gender-neutral bathrooms and residence halls "could be on the horizon" for Saint Joseph's University (SJU) in Philadelphia, according to an article published by the University's student newspaper.


Report by Pro Same-Sex Marriage Group Touted at Gonzaga
11/26/2014
The Human Rights Campaign report detailed the "status of LGBT equality" in various cities and lauded "incredible advances toward marriage equality in states across the nation," adding that "we celebrate these victories, but know our work is far from over."


College of the Holy Cross Dean Cites Jesuit Mission in Support of ‘Digital Transgender Archive’
11/25/2014
A College of the Holy Cross professor's project to develop a "Digital Transgender Archive" (DTA) was recently hailed by Dr. Margaret Freije, dean of the College, who cited the Jesuit mission of Holy Cross in support of the initiative, according to the College's magazine.


Fordham Alumni Discuss ‘New Theological Perspectives’ on ‘Sexual and Gender Diversity’
11/25/2014
Fordham University’s alumni services office recently presented a discussion on “Sexuality and the Church,” The Fordham Observer reported. The discussion explored “new theological perspectives, especially with regard to sexual and gender diversity,” according to an event page.


Controversy over Same-Sex Marriage Discussion at Marquette Gets National Attention
11/25/2014
“I’m not a Catholic—but it seems to me Marquette University is one of those CINO schools—Catholic in Name Only,” wrote Fox News & Commentary host Todd Starnes, concerning the controversy over discussing same-sex marriage in the classroom at the Jesuit University.


Student Committee Pushes for ‘Gender-Neutral’ Bathrooms at Loyola University Chicago
11/24/2014
A student committee has been formed at Loyola University Chicago (LUC) "to create and maintain gender-neutral bathrooms across campus," according to the Loyola Phoenix.


Loyola University New Orleans Faculty Senate Approves Proposal for Same-Sex Benefits
11/21/2014
Loyola University New Orleans' faculty senate recently approved a proposal urging the University "to extend the same employee benefits to same-sex couples as heterosexual couples," according to the school's student newspaper.


Head of Univ.'s Presidential Search Committee Chaired Org. That Gave Thousands to Planned Parenthood
11/19/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society recently learned that the person chosen to lead the search for Loyola Marymount University's new president has served as board chair for an organization that has given more than half of $1 million to Planned Parenthood.


Students Petition Fordham for Free Condoms
11/14/2014
An unofficial student group at Fordham University is petitioning the administration to make contraceptives available on campus, despite the fact that such a change to University policy would undermine Fordham's Catholic identity.


St. Michael’s College Features Alumnus Senator Who Opposes Church Teaching
11/14/2014
St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt., recently featured an interview with U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy in its alumni magazine and on its website, despite Leahy’s record of opposing Church teaching on issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage.


‘Pride and Ambivalence’ Mark Young Catholics’ Attitude to Church, Study Says
11/14/2014
Young Catholics are adopting an attitude of disregard for Church teaching while decidedly remaining Catholic, according to results from a study recently announced by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Prof. from UST-Minnesota Tries to Justify Same-Sex Marriage Acceptance from Scripture
11/13/2014
Professor Gerald Schlabach of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota recently published a piece for The Christian Century utilizing the writing of St. Paul to create an argument legitimizing acceptance of same-sex marriage.


UST-Houston Prof. Criticizes Some Catholic Colleges as ‘Hot-Beds of Anti-Catholicism’
11/13/2014
Dr. Randall Smith, professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, argued in a recent article for Aleteia that something must be done about institutions that identify as “Catholic,” yet are openly unsupportive of Catholic students, faculty, and Church teaching.


Marquette Professor Raises Concerns over University’s Version of ‘Social Justice’
11/12/2014
A Marquette University professor recently raised concerns about the way the concept of social justice is typically understood at Marquette.


Villanova Prof. Gives Lecture to Students on ‘Moving Beyond the Gender Binary’
11/10/2014
Villanova University recently hosted its second annual “LGBTQ Awareness Week,” a four-day event organized by the Villanova Gay-Straight Coalition, according to The Villanovan, including a lecture that apparently undermined Catholic teaching on sexual identity.


Hobby Lobby ‘Not a Victory for Religious Freedom,’ Speaker Tells Students at Santa Clara
11/10/2014
Leslie Griffin, a law professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, recently spoke to students at Santa Clara University arguing that the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling limited women’s rights and was not a victory for religious freedom, The Santa Clara reported.


Students Mimic Lewd Sexual Behavior Prior to ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ at Jesuit USF
11/7/2014
Students at the University of San Francisco recently performed a rendition of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Jesuit University, according to the San Francisco Foghorn. The performance was reportedly accompanied by students mimicking sexually promiscuous behavior on stage.


Georgetown University Hosts Hillary Clinton for High Profile Talk
11/4/2014
Clinton is a staunch supporter of legal abortion and was given a 100 percent rating by NARAL for her voting record as a senator. She was only one of the speakers opposed to Catholic teaching who spoke at the event.


‘Widespread Capitulation’ on Marriage May Be Beginning, Says Former Creighton Prof.
11/4/2014
A recent piece in First Things warns that Creighton University's accommodation of same-sex spouses might mark the beginning of "a fairly widespread capitulation on gay marriage and homosexuality by leaders of Catholic universities and institutions."


Alumnus Lists Ways for Gonzaga to Maintain Catholic Identity
11/3/2014
An alumnus of Gonzaga University recently published a piece listing three steps that the University can take to strengthen its Catholic identity.


Lecture ‘Not for a G-Rated Audience’ during LGBTQ History Month at Fairfield University
11/3/2014
The Mirror reported that the lecturer, artist Jonathan Weinberg, presented paintings after his talk, “most of which were nude portraits.”


Homosexual-Themed Productions Take the Stage at Notre Dame
10/31/2014
Notre Dame’s Film, Television, and Theatre Department recently presented two homosexual-themed plays and a movie about same-sex relationships. The production of the plays was hailed as a “testament to progress” for the “LGBTQ community.”


Marquette Offering ‘LGBTQ and allied community’ Masses Throughout Academic Year
10/30/2014
Marquette University held its first “LGBTQ and allied community Mass” of the 2014-15 academic year on campus on October 22, according to the University event page. A group of alumni is questioning whether Catholic teaching on sexual morality will be shared at the Masses.


Georgetown Univ. Celebrates ‘LGBTQ History Month’ with ‘OUTober’
10/29/2014
Georgetown University’s LGBTQ Resource Center and GU Pride are currently holding “OUTober,” an ongoing event celebrating “LGBTQ History Month,” according to The Hoya. This year’s OUTober featured a “coming out day” and a lecture from a transgender activist.


Archbishop Lucas Disappointed by Creighton’s Decision to Offer Same-Sex Benefits
10/28/2014
Archbishop George Lucas issued a statement in response to Creighton University’s decision to “offer benefits to same-sex spouses of employees,” noting his disappointment in the University’s decision and its failure to provide a proper example of Catholic teaching.


Loyola Chicago Approves Pagan Student Club on Campus
10/27/2014
Loyola University Chicago (LUC) has recognized a student group on campus which was recently described as the Loyola Student Pagan Alliance, but is now approved under the name Indigenous Faith Tradition Alliance, according to College Fix.


Loyola University Chicago to Host Annual Drag Show
10/21/2014
Loyola University Chicago (LUC) will be hosting its 8th Annual Drag Show on campus this week, according to an official student organization’s Facebook page. The event, hosted by LUC’s “LGBTQIA” student group Advocate, is part of “LGBTQIA Heritage Month.”


Some Catholic Colleges Have Provided Same-Sex Benefits for Several Years
10/17/2014
While Notre Dame is making the headlines for its apparently quick decision to provide employee benefits to “same-sex spouses,” many Catholic colleges have been providing same-sex benefits to varying degrees for years, with some policies in force for almost a decade.


DePaul University Testing 'Queer Peers' Mentorship Program
10/17/2014
DePaul University’s LGBTQA Student Services office is piloting a new initiative called “Queer Peers,” according to The DePaulia, in which “newly out students” are connected with current students. The application offers the option to indicate gender-neutral pronouns and interest in activism.


Alumnus Corrects Notre Dame Prof’s Article Claiming ‘Church Makes Life Impossible for Infertile Women’
10/16/2014
University of Notre Dame alumnus Michael Bradley wrote a piece for Ethika Politika in response to Notre Dame professor Candida Moss’s recent controversial Slate article. 


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