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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. 


Bishop Reminds Notre Dame: Catholic Teaching on Marriage Is More than a View
10/16/2014
After Notre Dame’s decision to provide employee benefits to “same-sex spouses,” Bishop Kevin Rhoades published comments concerning the decision, including a reminder for the University that Catholic teaching on marriage is more than just a single viewpoint.


Notre Dame Student Group Hosts ‘Coming Out’ Event on Campus
10/14/2014
The event reportedly consisted of "crowds of students" walking through a mock-doorway covered in rainbow banners to "'come out of the closet' as whatever they wished, in an attempt to spread a spirit of acceptance of personal identities across campus."


Rockhurst University to Host Symposium with Newspaper Condemned by Bishop
10/14/2014
Rockhurst University, a Catholic institution in Kansas City, Mo., is set to cosponsor a symposium with the National Catholic Reporter on November 1, 2014, according to the University.


Fr. Miscamble: Notre Dame Board Appointment ‘Mistake That Must Be Rectified’
10/7/2014
Writing one day before the Notre Dame Board of Trustees’ meeting, history professor Fr. Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C., argued that the appointment of HHS mandate supporter Katie Washington to the board is a “failure in leadership and judgment” and “a mistake that must be rectified.”


Fairfield University’s Prep School Invites Same-Sex Marriage Advocate to Speak
10/6/2014
Gregory Angelo, a “marriage equality” advocate and the executive director of Log Cabin Republicans—the nation’s “largest organization representing gay conservatives”—will be the guest speaker at Fairfield University’s Fairfield College Preparatory School alumni event.


Pro-Abortion Rights Gloria Steinem to Speak at St. Norbert College
10/3/2014
Gloria Steinem, who reportedly helped to popularize the phrase, “if men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament,” will be returning to speak at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., next semester.


Professors Critique Diminishing Catholic Component of Gonzaga’s Core Curriculum
10/1/2014
According to Gonzaga philosophy professor Douglas Kries, the Gonzaga administration has decided to re-vamp and implement a new core curriculum for fall of 2016 that would decrease the number of Catholic or Christian religion classes from three to just one.


Professor Sees Catholic Mission Conflict in Notre Dame’s ‘Crossroads’ Project
10/1/2014
The University of Notre Dame is planning to move forward with its $400 million “Campus Crossroads Project” that would see the iconic University stadium become the “crossroads” of campus, despite a warning that the change would be detrimental to Notre Dame’s Catholic mission.


Loyola Marymount U. Complies with California Abortion Mandate
9/30/2014
Loyola Marymount University is now complying with the abortion coverage mandate in California and is covering elective abortions for its employees, according to The Los Angeles Loyolan. The coverage will reportedly last until the end of the policy period.


Bill Donohue: Common Core Proponents Strong-Arming Catholic Schools
9/25/2014
Catholic League president Bill Donohue wrote in an article today, “[W]e do object to the tactics being used by paid advocates [of Common Core] to whip Catholics into line.”


Pro-Life Message at Catholic College Encounters Student Resistance
9/24/2014
The University of Portland’s pro-life group, Voice for Life, received opposition last week in response to its pro-life chalk messages written on campus sidewalks, according to the Catholic institution’s student newspaper. Many students were reportedly offended by the pro-life message. 


Notre Dame Alumnus Laments ‘Careerist Culture’ at University
9/24/2014
Michael Bradley, managing editor of Ethika Politika and a recent University of Notre Dame graduate, recently wrote a piece for The Irish Rover, an independent student publication, criticizing the “careerist culture [that] infests Notre Dame."


State Senator Endorsed by Planned Parenthood Speaks at Boston College
9/19/2014
Linda Dorcena Forry has voted as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives against defining marriage as between a man and a woman, according to OnTheIssues.org. She also voted against reaffirming 'one nation under God' in pledge of allegiance.


Theologian Critiqued by U.S. Bishops Set to Give Fordham Lecture on Evolution and Creation
9/18/2014
Fordham University theologian Sister Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J., whose theological writing has been heavily criticized by the U.S. bishops, is set to deliver the John C. and Jeanette D. Walton Lecture in Science on the topic of evolution and creation.


Thirty Years after Cuomo’s Controversial Speech at Notre Dame
9/16/2014
Thirty years have passed since Mario Cuomo, the governor of New York from 1983 to 1994, gave a talk to students at the University of Notre Dame on September 13, 1984, entitled “Religious Belief and Public Morality: A Catholic Governor’s Perspective.”


Dr. Don Briel on Catholic Universities and Surrender of Moral Authority
9/15/2014
The modern Catholic university’s decision to turn theology studies into an academic, intellectual pursuit separated from a relationship with the Church, has led to grave consequences and a surrendering of “moral authority to shape the souls of students,” argued Dr. Don Briel.


USF Posts Internship with Politician Opposed to Sex-Selective Abortion Bans
9/12/2014
University of San Francisco is currently advertising a student internship for a politician who opposes bans on sex-selective abortion. The politician, David Chiu, has planned to introduce a resolution stating that sex-selective abortion bans perpetuate racial stereotypes.


Prof. Explains Controversial History of Catholic Theological Society of America
9/9/2014
An associate professor of theology at Providence College, James Keating, recently shared a piece in First Things detailing the controversial history of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA).


Criticism Mounts over Notre Dame’s Student Health Plan Covering Abortifacients, Contraceptives
9/5/2014
The University of Notre Dame’s recent decision to renew its student health plan—which provides students with free contraceptives and abortifacients as stipulated in the HHS Mandate—was unnecessary and could undermine its lawsuit against the Mandate.


Calif. Covers Only ‘Medically Necessary’ Abortions for State Employees, but Forces Catholics to Cover Elective Abortions
9/3/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society has discovered that California’s own health plans for state employees cover only “medically necessary” abortions, even though Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has called such language “discriminatory.”


Notre Dame to Host ‘Gender and Culture’ Summer Program for High Schoolers
9/3/2014
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.


Fordham Professor Criticizes Bishops, Accepts Award from LCWR
8/19/2014
Fordham University professor Sr, Elizabeth Johnson received the an award from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and in her acceptance speech made several remarks criticizing members of the Church hierarchy.


California Could Force Abortion Coverage at Catholic Universities, Violating Federal Law
8/12/2014
California’s health care agency is conducting “an in-depth analysis of the issues surrounding coverage for abortion services,” in reaction to last year’s decisions by two Catholic universities to end payments for employee health insurance coverage of elective abortion.


Marquette to Honor Pro-Abortion Rights Congressman at New Student Convocation
8/8/2014
On August 20, Marquette University is slated to confer on Georgia congressman John Lewis an honorary Doctor of Letters degree, as well as the privilege of addressing the incoming class of 2018 at the New Student Convocation, according to a press release.


Georgetown Professor Named Counsel to Vice President Joe Biden
8/8/2014
Georgetown University Law Center professor Victoria Nourse will now serve as counsel to Vice President Joe Biden, according to a press release from the University.


‘Women Deacons’ Advocate Slated to Speak at Catholic Colleges This Semester
7/31/2014
Phyllis Zagano, a senior research associate-in-residence at Hofstra University, is scheduled to speak at two Catholic universities this fall, University of St. Francis in Jolliet, Ill., and Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, according to the National Catholic Reporter.


Sen. Bob Casey Gives Graduation Speech for Notre Dame’s Catholic Education Program
7/14/2014
The Alliance for Catholic Education program hosted U.S. Senator Bob Casey to deliver the commencement speech at the graduation ceremony for master’s degree recipients this past weekend


Gonzaga Alumni Group Calls for New ‘Sexual Revolution’ Embracing Catholic Teaching
7/8/2014
In its latest bulletin, the alumni group 1887 Trust pointed to the words of Pope Francis, who in January of this year spoke of the need for Catholic colleges to give "uncompromising witness" to the "Church's moral teaching, and the defense of her freedom."


Loyola Chicago Honors Alumni with Ties to Groups that Oppose Catholic Teaching
7/7/2014
During its recent Founders Dinner event, Loyola University Chicago honored a group of alumni, some of whom have ties to organizations that advocate positions contrary to Catholic moral teaching.


DePaul Student Group Marches in Chicago Pride Parade with Same-Sex Marriage Advocates
7/3/2014
DePaul University's LGBTQA Student Services Coordinator recently supported an event on Facebook, which read, "DePaul University Joins Chicago's 45th Pride Parade."


Boston College Students March in Pride Parade with Same-Sex Marriage Advocates
6/17/2014
Boston College’s Graduate Pride Alliance—which supports “LGBTQ students,” but also organizes “advocacy events”—recently invited students, alumni, faculty, and staff of the Jesuit institution to take part in the 2014 Boston Pride Parade.


Canadian Bishops Lament Catholic Teachers Group’s Intent to Join ‘LGBTQ Activism’ Parade
6/16/2014
“This decision shows that they and the OECTA [Ontario’s English Catholic Teachers Association] leadership have an inadequate and mistaken understanding of their faith,” wrote Cardinal Collins.


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.


Leader of Latin American Bishops: Liberation Theology ‘Archaic, If Not Already Dead’
6/9/2014
Archbishop Retes indicated that liberation theology is irrelevant at a recent news conference in Rome... Liberation theology is, however, still prominent on the campuses of many Catholic universities throughout the U.S.


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.


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.


Fr. Thomas Reese Undermines Efforts to Strengthen Catholic Identity in Schools
5/29/2014
Father Reese, S.J., a former Georgetown University professor who is reportedly a visiting scholar at Santa Clara University in Calif., recently undercut some bishops’ efforts to strengthen their schools’ Catholic identity.


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.


Professor Undermines Archdiocese’s Effort to Protect Schools’ Catholic Identity
5/27/2014
In a recent opinion piece, law professor Charles Reid, Jr., opposes an effort by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to protect the Catholic identity of its schools, even while he teaches at a Catholic university.


Vatican Excommunicates Theologian Who Simulated Mass
5/23/2014
Theologian Martha Heizer, reportedly a former lecturer in religion at the University of Innsbruck, and the founder of “We Are Church,” was excommunicated by the Vatican along with her husband, Ehemann Gert.


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.


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