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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.


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.


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