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Big Boost for Catholic Univ. Business School Dedicated to Integrating Catholic Teaching
1/23/2015
"This new $3 million grant puts our school far along the path of creating a cadre of faculty dedicated to research exploring how we can make business and economics more humane," Andrew Abela, dean of the School of Business and Economics, said.


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.


Notre Dame Students Attend 2015 March for Life
1/22/2015
Approximately 700 students, faculty, staff, and alumni from the University of Notre Dame are participating in the 42nd annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., today, according to a University news release.


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.


Univ. of Dallas to Celebrate in ‘Spirit of St. Thomas Aquinas’ with Annual Lecture
1/21/2015
The University of Dallas, in Irving, Tex., will celebrate the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas with its 33rd annual Aquinas Lecture on Wednesday, Jan. 28, the University recently announced.


Spiritual Formation Should Be Highest Priority in College Search
1/19/2015
With the rising tuition costs in recent years, many people have forgotten that a Catholic college education’s true pay-off is in its spiritual impact and formation, argued Tom Hoopes in a recent Aleteia article.


Univ. of Mary President Praises New Director of Campus Ministry
1/19/2015
The University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., recently chose Dr. Peter Huff as its new director of campus ministry, the University officially announced. Dr. Huff will also assume a role as professor of theology at the University.


Wyoming Catholic College Expands, Plans for New Campus
1/19/2015
Wyoming Catholic College recently relocated part of its campus to occupy an historic space in downtown Lander, according to local news outlet County 10.


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.


Charlotte Diocese School Dismisses Employee after Same-Sex Marriage Announced
1/15/2015
Charlotte Catholic High School recently informed one of its teachers that he could not work at the school following the announcement of his impending same-sex marriage, another instance of schools around the country taking measures to protect and ensure their Catholic identity.


Women Must Avoid ‘Conquest Mentality’ in Church, Says First Pontifical U. Female Rector
1/13/2015
Sister Mary Melone, the first woman in the Church’s history to be appointed as rector of a pontifical university, recently spoke to ZENIT about the specifics of her appointment and misunderstandings on the role of women in the Church.


Miami Archbishop Calls for Fidelity in Upholding Morality Clause
1/12/2015
Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami recently sent a letter to archdiocesan employees, including those involved in Catholic education, urging them to uphold Catholic identity.


Ave Maria Prof Wins Fellowship from Vatican Institute Founded by Pope Benedict XVI
1/9/2015
Professor Anthony Valle from Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Fla., recently received an academic fellowship from the Fondazione Vaticana Joseph Ratzinger Benedetto XVI.


Catholic Support for Space Exploration Rooted in Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Profs Say
1/8/2015
In interviews with The Cardinal Newman Society, professors from faithful Catholic colleges illustrated the connection between the Catholic intellectual tradition and recent findings that Catholics are most likely to support space exploration.


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.


Pope Francis Encourages Seattle Univ. President to Provide Witness to Faith for Students
1/7/2015
Seattle University President Father Stephen Sundborg, S.J. recently met with Pope Francis in the Vatican. Fr. Sundborg related to the Pope the problem of relativism on campus and the Holy Father responded with advice including encouragement to provide a witness to the faith.


Catholic University Announces Joint Campus in Rome with Australian Catholic University
1/7/2015
The Catholic University of America and the Australian Catholic University recently formed a partnership to establish a new joint Rome Center, according to a CUA news release. The new campus will be an extension of CUA’s mission, the University reported.


Another Catholic College Falls to Federal Labor Board’s Unconstitutional Intrusion
1/7/2015
Saint Mary’s College of California appears to be the latest Catholic college to give in to the unconstitutional oversight of the National Labor Relations Board and its intrusion into the internal affairs of Catholic colleges.


Catholic Colleges Must Launch ‘Revolution of Love of God’ to Protect Religious Freedom
1/6/2015
While the continuing attacks on the religious freedom of Catholic institutions can be traced back to a failure by believers to witness to the Faith, students formed by faithful Catholic university education have an opportunity to turn things around, argues Kathryn Lopez.


Former CUA President Bishop O’Connell Recovering from Amputation Surgery
1/6/2015
Bishop David O’Connell of the Trenton Diocese, who has devoted a great deal of his priesthood to Catholic higher education, is recovering from a surgery which required the amputation of his foot, ankle and part of his lower leg, according to Catholic Sentinel.


Pope Sends Condolences on Passing of Former Congregation of Catholic Ed. Secretary
12/31/2014
Archbishop Giuseppe Pittau, a Jesuit who served in several Catholic education capacities throughout the Church, died on December 26 in Tokyo at the age of 86. Pope Francis sent a personal telegram to the Jesuits praising the archbishop and offering his condolences.


Blow to Diocese’s Religious Freedom Points to Need for Catholic School Teacher Formation
12/30/2014
In an assault on religious freedom, a federal grand jury recently decided in favor of a teacher who violated her contract’s morality clause. The decision indicates the need for Catholic schools to be more attentive to the hiring and formation of faithful teachers.


Office Promoting Schools’ Catholic Identity Takes First Steps in San Francisco Archdiocese
12/30/2014
High school administrators in the Archdiocese of San Francisco recently met to discuss the new Office of Catholic Identity Assessment that is set to begin in the new year, according to the National Catholic Reporter.


Dr. William May Overcame Dissent to Become Leading Pro-Life Bioethicist
12/23/2014
The late theologian Dr. William May’s short-lived dissent led to his hiring in 1971 by The Catholic University of America where he went on to attain great influence as a leading pro-life bioethicist, according to a recent piece by Connie Marshner at Human Life Review.


First Catholic University in Bangladesh Will Teach ‘Truth and Wisdom,’ Says Bishop
12/23/2014
The first Catholic university in Bangladesh officially opened its doors to students in the city of Dhaka and began offering classes on December 8. Bishop Paulinus Costa reportedly told students that the University “will teach you truth and wisdom.”


Despite Opposition, Pro-Traditional Marriage Group Marches on at Notre Dame
12/22/2014
“Our goal is to develop a well-informed, action-oriented network of students committed to serving the youngest members of our society,” said an officer from a new student group that supports traditional marriage and values at the University of Notre Dame.


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.


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.


Household System Brings ‘Amazing Growth’ to John Paul the Great Catholic University
12/17/2014
In the fall of 2013, John Paul the Great Catholic University formed the University’s first household. At present, according to a University news release, the program has expanded to include a total of seven households, which have led to unprecedented “growth” among the students.


Aquinas College Conference to Examine Family in Church and Society
12/16/2014
Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn., will host the ninth annual St. Thomas Aquinas Forum on the “role of family in the Church, in society, and in God’s plan from the beginning,” the College recently announced. The Forum will take place from February 13 – 14, 2015.


Archdiocese Creates Office of Catholic Identity to Strengthen Catholic Schools
12/15/2014
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco is introducing a new, first-of-its-kind archdiocesan office that will work with Catholic high schools to ensure and strengthen their Catholic identity, according to Catholic San Francisco.


Christendom to Host Apologetics and New Evangelization Conference
12/15/2014
“Encountering Christ: Apologetics and the New Evangelization” is the title of this year’s biennial summer conference held at Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., the College recently announced.


Diocese to Defend Its Religious Freedom in Teacher Dismissal Case
12/15/2014
The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, prompted by a lawsuit from a former Catholic school teacher whose contract was not renewed after the diocese discovered that she had violated its clear morality clause, is being required to stand for a jury trial this week.


Esteemed Theologian Dr. William May Dies
12/15/2014
The Culture of Life Foundation recently announced the passing of theologian Dr. William May. May was in critical condition following complications arising from an infection, and died on the morning of Saturday, December 13.


Acclaimed Sacra Liturgia Conference Coming to New York City Next June
12/12/2014
Catholic educators will join Catholics from around the world next year as they converge on New York City to take part in a conference aimed at bringing about a renewal of the sacred liturgy in the life of the Church.


Interest in Traditional Liturgy Growing among Catholic Millennials
12/12/2014
Young Catholics are continuing to embrace the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, according to a recent article for Crisis Magazine.


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.


Prayers Needed for Dr. William May, Who Is in Critical Condition
12/12/2014
Catholic theologian Dr. William May is in critical condition following complications arising from an infection, the Culture of Life Foundation has reported. Culture of Life described May, who is 87, as “very weak,” but assured that he was surrounded by his wife, Patricia, his family and friends.


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.


New Book on ‘Renewal of Catholic History’ Set to Inspire Next Generation of Scholars
12/11/2014
Co-authors of the recently released book, The Past as Pilgrimage: Narrative, Tradition and the Renewal of Catholic History, shared their insights regarding the study of history and the tremendous need to educate and raise up a new generation of Catholic historians.


John Paul the Great Catholic Univ. Set to Host 2015 West Coast Biblical Conference
12/11/2014
Co-sponsored by the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, this year's conference is titled "The Mystery of Christ in the Church: A Study of Ephesians."


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.


Mount St. Mary’s University Announces 25th President
12/9/2014
Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., announced the appointment of its 25th president, Simon Newman, the chief executive officer of Cornerstone Management Group. He will succeed current president Dr. Thomas Powell, who is stepping down after 11 years as president.


New Aquinas College Nursing Degree Unites Dominican Charism, New Evangelization
12/5/2014
Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn., recently reached the next “milestone” in its strategic expansion plan as the Tennessee Board of Education approved the College’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.


Georgetown Law School Named in Suit over Professor’s Alleged Voyeurism
12/4/2014
Georgetown University Law School is facing a lawsuit filed by a third-year law student alleging that the law school “turned a blind eye” to the actions of an instructor charged with six counts of voyeurism, according to The Washington Post.


Christendom, Augustine Institute Profs Team Up for Book on ‘Renewal of Catholic History’
12/3/2014
The Past as Pilgrimage: Narrative, Tradition and the Renewal of Catholic History, by Christendom’s Dr. Christopher Shannon and Dr. Christopher Blum of the Augustine Institute, addresses the secular bias found among many modern-day historians.


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