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Scott Hahn Recommends Graduate Programs in Theology
11/25/2014
Dr. Scott Hahn recently spoke with The Cardinal Newman Society about his recommendations and advice for students considering an advanced degree in theology.


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.


UST-Houston Faculty Collaborate to Write Book on JPII, Role of Women in the Church
11/24/2014
A new book written by faculty members at the University of St. Thomas (UST) in Houston gives insights and helps readers understand “the role of women in the Church and in the world,” according to a recent University news release.


Franciscan University Symposium: True Catholic Identity Requires ‘Commitment to Faith’
11/21/2014
Franciscan University of Steubenville hosted Fr. Ryan, a past Mount St. Mary’s University professor who currently leads the USCCB’s Secretariat of Doctrine and Canonical Affairs, as one of the four speakers at its “Freedom and Fidelity” symposium last weekend.


Walsh President: Ex corde Inspired University to ‘Grow, Develop, and Fulfill Our Mission’
11/20/2014
“Catholic identity is not something to be given only token attention,” Richard Jusseaume, president of Walsh University, said in talk prepared for Franciscan University of Steubenville’s “Freedom and Fidelity” symposium in honor of the 25th anniversary of Ex corde Ecclesiae.


Thomas Aquinas College Graduates Lead Faithful Catholic Schools
11/19/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society recently spoke to four graduates of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., about their experiences at the College and how an education in the liberal arts shaped them to be the educational leaders they are today.


St. Louis U. Gives Students ‘Protest Prep’ ahead of Possible Ferguson Riots
11/19/2014
Officials at Saint Louis University sent an email to students with public demonstration advice in expectation of the potential unrest that might occur after the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury decision, according to The College Fix.


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.


Christendom Plans Big Expansion to Mission Trip Program
11/19/2014
The Mission Program at Christendom College will launch a new two-month mission experience next summer that will give students and recent graduates a “real taste of missionary life,” according to the Christendom news release.


Hildebrand Project Director Illuminates Dietrich von Hildebrand’s Life of Service to Truth
11/17/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society recently conducted an interview with John Henry Crosby, founder and director of the Hildebrand Project and author of My Battle Against Hitler, the memoir of Dietrich von Hildebrand’s fight against Nazism.


Belmont Abbey Takes Next Step in Providing Affordable, Catholic Education
11/17/2014
Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C., recently announced the opening of a new student services center. The new center is the next step in a larger plan to provide an affordable, private, and Catholic education, reported the College.


Ave Maria Univ. Hopes New Science Programs Will ‘Bear Witness to the Truth’
11/14/2014
Dr. Michael Dauphinais, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Ave Maria University, spoke with The Cardinal Newman Society in a recent interview about the six new academic programs added at the University, bringing the total number of majors offered to 29.


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.


Thomas Aquinas College Announces Tuition Freeze for Next Academic Year
11/13/2014
Thomas Aquinas College (TAC) in Santa Paula, Calif.,recently announced a tuition freeze for the year. The College’s goal is that a TAC education remains a “viable” option for students during “trying economic times,” President Dr. Michael McLean said in the news release.


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.


Common Core Just Latest Defective Education Policy, Says Wyoming Catholic President
11/12/2014
“The problems we are having today with the Common Core are not new problems,” Dr. Roberts said on the WCC website. “The Common Core is just the most recent in a century-long history of defective education policy.”


Pontifical Universities Are Key to Understanding Family, Cardinal Scola Says
11/11/2014
Cardinal Scola, a former rector and professor at the Pontifical Lateran University, opened the academic year at the Lateran with a lecture on Pope Francis' vision for universities.


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.


Families Praise ‘Brilliant’ Program Helping Students Get Recruited by Faithful Colleges
11/7/2014
“Catholic high school students are enjoying a whole new college search process with ‘Recruit Me,’” reported Aleteia, highlighting the success of the The Cardinal Newman Society’s innovative new Recruit Me project with comments from parents and college admissions directors.


Liberal Arts ‘Crucial’ for Students, Says Duke President at Notre Dame Forum
11/7/2014
The liberal arts are “crucial for each student’s education,” Duke University president Richard Brodhead recently stated in a talk given to the University of Notre Dame’s forum on curriculum change, according to The Observer.


Catholic Univ. Teams with Museum, Presents ‘Mary’s Profound Cultural Impact’ Exhibit
11/7/2014
The Catholic University of America and the National Museum of Women in the Arts have collaborated to display Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea, an exhibit featuring paintings, sculptures, and textiles from Baroque and Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo, Titian, and Caravaggio.


True Academic Freedom Should Seek Truth, Not Conformity, Argues Biology Prof.
11/7/2014
Academic freedom is “a means to an end: the pursuit of knowledge and truth,” wrote Daniel Kuebler, professor of biology and faculty associate of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Policy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, in his article at Public Discourse.


University of Dallas Ministry Conference Attracts National Crowd, Tops 5,000 Participants
11/6/2014
“It is very important to not just remain in our own small little world, but to try to understand the Catholic Church in all its universality,” said Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas in the lead up to the record-breaking 8th annual University of Dallas Ministry Conference.


New Center at St. Bonaventure University Seeks to Strengthen Catholic Identity
11/6/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society recently spoke with Brother Ross Chamberland, O. F. M., the executive director of the new Lateran Center for Catholic Identity at St. Bonaventure University, in an exclusive interview discussing plans to strengthen Catholic identity at the institution.


Sport Offers ‘Opportunity to Love, Sacrifice,’ Says Belmont Abbey President
11/5/2014
“Sport, properly directed, develops character, makes a man courageous, a generous loser, and a gracious victor,” said Dr. Bill Thierfelder, quoting Pope Pius XII in a recent address to students at Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., according to a College news release.


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.”


Notre Dame’s ‘Gay in Christ’ Conference Aims for Fidelity, But Speakers Embrace ‘Gay Identity’
10/31/2014
A conference today at the University of Notre Dame will address “a pastoral strategy for parishes to be able to receive the gifts of self-identified gay Catholics,” while keeping faithful to Catholic teaching on marriage and sexuality—but some speakers’ perspectives on “gay identity” may fall short of true orthodoxy.


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.


College of St. Mary Magdalen Extends Free Room and Board Offer to 2015
10/30/2014
The College of Saint Mary Magdalen, in Warner, N.H., recently announced that it will extend its “Free Room and Board Initiative” to students enrolling in 2015. The Initiative, which began in April 2014, grants free room and board to freshman and transfer students.


Aquinas College ‘Furthers Catholic Mission’ with Dedication of New Adoration Chapel
10/30/2014
Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn., opened its new Adoration Chapel with a dedication and blessing on October 22, the College announced. The Cardinal Newman Society interviewed Sister Mary Sarah, president of Aquinas, about the importance of the new chapel for the College.


UST-Houston Increases Scholarships to Make ‘Excellent Faith Based Education’ More Affordable
10/29/2014
University of St. Thomas (UST) in Houston, Tex., will increase its scholarship funds to $14.8 million starting in the fall of 2015, the University recently announced.


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.


Catholic Educators Appeal to Obama Administration for Relief from HHS Mandate
10/27/2014
Today a coalition including The Cardinal Newman Society, leaders of Catholic schools and colleges, and the expert attorneys of the Alliance Defending Freedom told the Obama administration that its latest rule still “directly violates the religious liberty of organizations and individuals.”


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.


Technology Presents Challenges to Virtuous Living on Campus, Says Theologian
10/24/2014
With technology more accessible than ever on college campuses, young people today face significantly difficult challenges in avoiding inappropriate material and focusing on their studies.


Sophia Institute Press Helping Catholics ‘Relearn the Importance of Catechesis’
10/24/2014
Charlie McKinney, president of Sophia Institute Press spoke to The Cardinal Newman Society about Sophia’s reprinting of the exhortation, Catechesi Tradendae, its importance in Catholic education, and the vital role of the witness of teachers.


Bishops in Ireland Urge Catholic Schools to Reflect on Identity
10/24/2014
The Catholic Schools Partnership (CSP), founded by the Irish Bishops’ Conference, recently released a document which urged schools “to be more assertive in upholding religious values,” according to The Irish Times.


Catholic School Won’t Allow Homosexual-Themed Film to Shoot on Campus
10/23/2014
Salesian High School, a Catholic all-boy’s school in New Rochelle, N.Y., refused to allow the production team of a homosexual-themed film to shoot a scene on its campus, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


New Criminology Degree at UST-Houston ‘Grounded in Catholic Tenets of Social Justice’
10/23/2014
The University of St. Thomas (UST) in Houston, Tex., recently developed a new degree program under the title of Criminology, Law and Society, announced the University. The program aims to ensure that students understand Church teaching on social justice and morality.


New to The Newman Guide: The International Theological Institute
10/22/2014
At the International Theological Institute (ITI) “Catholicism is practically the air you breathe,” alumnus Max Becher, who also works as U.S. director of recruitment for ITI, recently told The Cardinal Newman Society in an interview.


Cincinnati Archdiocese Proposes Taking Teacher Input on Contracts Supporting Catholic Identity
10/22/2014
Following the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s implementation of revised teachers’ contracts for the 2014-15 school year—a move to invigorate its schools’ Catholic identity—the archdiocese is proposing a teacher’s advisory committee which will give input on future contracts.


St. Gregory’s University Institutes New Policy Supporting Chastity on Campus
10/22/2014
New for the 2014-15 academic year, St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Okla., has instituted an “open-bolt” policy in which bedroom doors in student dorms are required to remain ajar while members of the opposite sex are present.


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.”


University of Mary Cancels Classes for Campus-Wide Day of Service
10/21/2014
The University of Mary (Mary) in Bismarck, N.D., recently held its first campus-wide Day of Service, the University announced. Instead of attending classes, students served the nearby Bismarck and Mandan communities.


‘Miracle’ Move Fuels Hopes of Future Expansion for John Paul the Great Catholic Univ.
10/21/2014
John Paul the Great Catholic University recently completed its first year at its new campus location in Escondido, Calif. “It’s a miracle from God,” University President Dr. Derry Connolly told The Cardinal Newman Society in an interview about the relocation.


Franciscan Univ. Art Exhibit Conveys ‘Timeless Truth of the Faith,’ Begins World Tour
10/20/2014
"These works of art have the power to communicate to today's society in a way that is fresh, engaging, and relevant," said Jennifer Healy, the exhibit’s curator. "The timeless Truth of the faith [is] effectively conveyed through images, for both believers and unbelievers alike."


Thomas More College Students, Staff and Faculty Renew Consecration to Sacred Heart
10/20/2014
“Sacred Heart of Jesus, protect our College!” was part of the prayer said at Mass by students, faculty and staff at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, N.H. On October 15, the Feast of Saint Teresa of Avila, the College rededicated itself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.


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