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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.


‘New Political Correctness’ Evident at Notre Dame
5/22/2014
The National Catholic Register recently published an article drawing insights from Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick J. Reilly regarding a student club that was denied official status by Notre Dame. 


Justice Scalia: Georgetown Not Catholic Anymore
5/21/2014
In an interview with The Remnant’s Vincent Chiarello, Scalia spoke extensively about his faith and about his memories of the Jesuit University. He said that when he attended, “they rolled you out of bed to attend Mass. Not anymore.”


Former Ambassador to Vatican Hired by Loyola Chicago after Harassment Allegation
5/21/2014
Loyola University of Chicago has confirmed that it plans to hire former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, Miguel Diaz, as a theology professor despite recent allegations of sexual harassment.


Boston College Class Syllabus Includes Going on a Date
5/20/2014
The hook-up culture has replaced dating, according to the Jesuit University professor Kerry Cronin, who reportedly says that dating has become a “lost social script.”


Georgetown Prof. Defends Jesuit Priest Whose Writing Fell under Vatican Scrutiny
5/16/2014
Fr. Peter Phan defended Fr. Michael Amaladoss, S.J., who reportedly has already agreed to endorse Church teaching in an article after a recent investigation into his writings by the CDF.


Jesuit Theologian Investigated by Vatican Reportedly Agrees to Endorse Church Teaching
5/15/2014
Father Michael Amaladoss, S.J.—whose writing has been used in some Catholic college courses—has reportedly acquiesced to a Vatican order to write an article endorsing Church teaching following investigation into his writings.


Catholic Colleges Leader Rejects Ex Corde Ecclesiae as ‘Checklist,’ Defends Pro-Abortion Speakers
5/14/2014
The president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities has claimed that Pope Saint John Paul II’s Ex corde Ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution for Catholic colleges and universities, is not a “checklist” binding on college leaders.


Catholic Harvard Student Saw Good Come from Evil amidst ‘Black Mass’ Controversy
5/14/2014
“One [good result] was that we were able to reaffirm the Eucharist as the very center of our Christian existence.  I'm sure Catholics everywhere could use such a reminder once in a while.”


Vatican Pledges Action on Georgetown University, Declares Evidence of Scandals ‘Well-Founded’
5/14/2014
Archbishop Zani, secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education, sent his remarks in response to a canon law petition organized by William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist and a Georgetown alumnus.


Former Vatican Ambassador and Catholic Prof. Miguel Diaz Faces Sexual Harassment Claim
5/13/2014
A 2013 investigation conducted by the University of Dayton “found ‘reasonable cause’ to believe” that Miguel Diaz sexually harassed a married couple while working as a professor at the Ohio Catholic university.


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.


Harvard University Students Plan to Host ‘Black Mass’ Reenactment
5/8/2014
Upon hearing the news, Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick J. Reilly decried the planned event, following the stated concerns of the Archdiocese of Boston.


SPECIAL REPORT: A Decade after Bishops’ Policy, Catholic Commencement Scandals Make Sudden Return
5/7/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society has identified at least 20 Catholic colleges and universities that are hosting scandalous speakers and honorees at commencement ceremonies in 2014.


Vatican Official Criticizes LCWR Award to Fordham Univ. Professor
5/6/2014
Cardinal Müller said that the LCWR’s decision to give its Outstanding Leadership Award to Sr. Elizabeth Johnson “will be seen as a rather open provocation against the Holy See and the Doctrinal Assessment.”


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.


Pope Francis Commissions Cardinals to Address Peruvian University’s Catholic Identity
5/1/2014
In July of 2012, a Vatican decree stripped the University of its titles “Catholic” and “Pontifical” because of years of refusal to bring its statues into line with Ex corde Ecclesiae.


Loyola New Orleans to Honor Pro-Abortion Rights Political Analyst at Graduation
4/30/2014
Pro-abortion rights former presidential advisor and CNN political analyst David Gergen will be honored during the University's commencement ceremony next month.


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.


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.


Georgetown Law Prof. Led U.S. Delegation to Papal Canonizations
4/28/2014
John Podesta, who led the delegation for the Obama administration to the Vatican for the Mass of canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, is the former president of the pro-abortion Center for American Progress.


Boston College to Honor Pro-Abortion Rights Secretary of State John Kerry at Graduation
4/25/2014
John Kerry, a Boston College Law School graduate and former senior US senator from Massachusetts, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the University’s 138th annual commencement exercises.


Villanova Hosted Same-Sex Marriage Promoter for Talk on ‘Journey as a Gay Person of Faith’
4/25/2014
Christian recording artist Jennifer Knapp was sponsored by Villanova’s Gay Straight Coalition and the University’s campus ministry for an event including “music and musings on the journey of life” and “finding love”.


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