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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.


Georgetown Muslim Studies Director, Professors Boycott Israeli Academic Institutions
9/29/2014
Thirteen professors at Georgetown University—reportedly more than any other university in the United States—have joined an American Studies Association (ASA) boycott of Israeli academic institutions, according to Georgetown’s student newspaper, The Hoya.


Students Flout Fordham Policy, Hand out Condoms at University Events
9/25/2014
A new, but unrecognized group of students at Fordham University, the Sex and Gender Equity Safety Students (S.A.G.E.S) Coalition, recently distributed condoms and messages to students who attended the University’s homecoming events, according to The Fordham Ram.


UST-Houston Prof. Helps Pope Prepare for World Youth Day Reflection on Beatitudes
9/24/2014
University of St. Thomas in Houston philosophy professor Dr.John Hittinger joined a group of 20 academics and scholars to help Pope Francis in his preparation for World Youth Day 2016, set to take place in Krakow, Poland.


Colleges in Newman Guide Rank Well with U.S. News and World Report
9/23/2014
Colleges recommended in The Newman Guide ranked well in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 edition of Best Colleges. 


Future of Catholic Education in Israel Is Uncertain, Says Expert
9/23/2014
At present, the vast number of Catholic school leaders in Israel “are very discouraged and have little hope for a bright future,” said Father Jeffrey Burwell, the director of Catholic studies at the University of Manitoba in Canada, in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society.


Astrophysicist: Students Must Be Encouraged to Intellectually Engage with Faith
9/23/2014
Adam Hincks, a Jesuit scholastic and astrophysicist, urged Catholic educators to “encourage students to keep engaging with faith intellectually, as well as on the affective and spiritual levels,” taking into account the Catholic faith’s venerable tradition of utilizing human reason.


Catholic Universities Must Be Wholly Consecrated to Truth, Says Msgr. Swetland
9/22/2014
A university’s commitment to Catholic identity is dependent on its dedication to the truth, said Monsignor Stuart Swetland, the newly appointed president of Donnelly College in Kansas City, in a National Catholic Register interview.


Christian Persecution Research Project Launched at Notre Dame, Georgetown
9/18/2014
A team of scholars, led by centers at the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University, was recently established to research, report on, and raise awareness about Christian persecution throughout the world.


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.


Catholic Education Honor Roll Announced
9/15/2014
Today, The Cardinal Newman Society released the list of schools recognized by the Catholic Education Honor Roll as 2014 Schools of Excellence. Since 2004 the Honor Roll has celebrated quality Catholic education throughout the United States.


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.


TAC Alumnus: People Learn from People, Not SMART Boards
9/15/2014
“The error of education today is the emphasis on new-fangled technique and technology, and the de-emphasis on old-fashioned teaching,” states Sean Fitzpatrick, a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College, “people learn from people, not from SMART boards."


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.


Faithful Catholic Universities Stand Out from Crowd, Argues Magdalen President
9/11/2014
Catholic universities faithful to the Church “are becoming stronger, better known, more recognizable [and] more easily distinguished” from other less faithful Catholic institutions, argued Dr. George Harne, president of the College of Saint Mary Magdalen.


Santa Rosa Diocese: Teacher Contract Update Affirming Catholic Teaching Will Happen
9/11/2014
The Santa Rosa Diocese’s contract addendum by which teachers at Catholic schools will affirm their acceptance of Catholic teaching is reportedly still on track for implementation.“There is no intention not to do this [and] it will happen at some point."


Retired Notre Dame Professor Signs ‘Abortion on Demand’ Petition
9/10/2014
Jill Godmilow, a retired professor from the University of Notre Dame, reportedly confirmed to Life Site News that she signed a petition supporting abortion on demand.


Mount St. Mary’s Univ. to Host Conference on Marriage and Family
9/9/2014
The 22nd annual national conference of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists (SCSS), which has its headquarters at Franciscan University of Steubenville, will take place at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., Franciscan announced.


Catholic Classical Schools Quickly Growing in Demand
9/9/2014
Nationwide, classical schools, both diocesan and independent, are springing up and eliciting interest from other schools and groups.


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).


California Bishops ‘Distressed’ by Abortion Mandate, Planning Response
9/8/2014
Ned Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, told The Cardinal Newman Society that California’s bishops are “surprised and distressed” by the California Department of Managed Healthcare’s (DMHC) decision and a response is being planned.


Catholic Educators Should Form ‘Effective Disciples of the Lord’
9/8/2014
The primary job of Catholic educators is to form students for a personal encounter with God, says Sister Joan Roccasalvo, a member of the Congregation of St.Joseph.


Ontario Catholic Schools Defend Right to Teach Faith to Students
9/8/2014
Catholic school leaders in Ontario are defending their right to require students to take religious courses and have them participate in religious activities.


Colleges Recommended in Newman Guide Comment on HHS Mandate Accommodation
9/8/2014
Several Catholic colleges and universities recommended in The Newman Guide have issued press releases and statements commenting on the Obama administration’s recent update to the HHS mandate accommodation.


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.


Mount St. Mary’s U., Catholic University Form New Law Program Partnership
9/5/2014
Two ­Newman Guide-recommended universities—Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., and The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.—recently formed a partnership that will allow students to earn both a bachelor’s and a law degree in six years.


Magdalen President Highlights Pope Benedict’s Vision for Catholic Education
9/4/2014
The president of The College of Saint Mary Magdalen, Dr. George Harne, recently shared his commentary on Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s vision for Catholic higher education and the renewal of Catholic universities.


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.


Nation’s First Catholic High School for Special Needs Students Set to Open
9/2/2014
Efforts are underway to open a new Catholic high school, the first of its kind, for students with special needs.


University of Dallas Receives Top National Ranking for Mathematics Grads
9/2/2014
The University of Dallas (UD) in Irving, Tex., recently announced that its mathematics department received the top ranking in a new national study.


Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict Demonstrate Importance of Education
8/29/2014
Earlier this month, Pope Francis spoke about education with the bishops of Seoul during his visit to South Korea, while Pope Emeritus Benedict celebrated Mass with his former students.


Notre Dame Law Professors’ Book: Cities Need Catholic Schools
8/28/2014
Notre Dame law professors, Nicole Garnett and Margaret Brinig, recently published a book based on their studies of Catholic school closures in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles.


Napa Earthquake Leaves Two Catholic Schools Damaged
8/27/2014
Kolbe Academy/Trinity Prep School and Kolbe Home School and Online Academy have sustained significant damage in the earthquake that struck just outside of Napa, Calif., early Sunday morning. The two institutions remain closed while cleanup efforts proceed.


Bishops Plan Renewed Working Group on Ex corde Ecclesiae
8/26/2014
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Catholic Education is in the process of identifying and inviting Catholic college presidents and bishops to discuss topics of Catholic education in America in a new working group.


Univ. St. Thomas in Houston Helps Fund Local Catholic Education
8/26/2014
A new program is underway at the University of St. Thomas (UST) in Houston to offer the dependents of full-time University employees reduced tuition at Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, the University reported.


New Principal: Catholic Education is Mission of Church
8/25/2014
Central Catholic High School in Bloomington, Ill., which received special recognition for “Excellence in Catholic Identity” in the 2012 Catholic High School Honor Roll, is welcoming a new principal for the 2014-15 school year.


New Catholic Charities Senior VP Explains How CUA Prepared Him for Job
8/25/2014
In his new position, Corbin said he sees how all his studies and experiences are coming together as a culmination of years of preparation.“ This is incredible,” he said, “this is what I’ve been training for or hoping to do and I’m thrilled to be part of it.”


California Forces Catholic Universities to Provide Abortion Coverage, Could Lose Federal Funding
8/22/2014
Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration announced today that it will force Loyola Marymount University and Santa Clara University—as well as any other religious nonprofit or business—to violate their deeply held beliefs and provide employees insurance coverage for elective abortion.


St. Joseph’s University President and Vice President to Step Down
8/22/2014
President Father C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J. and vice president John Smithson of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia will step down at the end of the 2014-15 academic year, according to NBC.


Catholic School Forced to Grant Exemption from Liturgies, Retreats
8/22/2014
After a series of exchanges between a Catholic-school parent and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District in Ontario, the Ontario Superior Court ruled in April that Notre Dame School in Brampton must exempt a student from taking part in compulsory liturgies and retreats.


Christendom President Reconfirmed as Pontifical Consultor by Pope Francis
8/21/2014
Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, president of Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., will continue his work as a pontifical consultor, the College reported. Pope Francis reconfirmed Dr. O’Donnell’s appointment as consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Family. 


Analysis: Pro-Abortion Rights Bias in SF Chronicle Coverage of Catholic Universities
8/20/2014
Get Religion recently published an analysis of the bias in a recent San Francisco Chronicle story—surrounding the decisions of two California Catholic universities to limit abortion coverage for employees—which gives precedence to sources with pro-abortion rights views.


Walsh University Forms School of Arts and Sciences
8/20/2014
Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, recently formed a new School of Arts and Sciences, the University reported. It is one of three comprehensive schools now found at Walsh.


Online Catholic Study Program Provides 'Backbone of a Liberal Education'
8/20/2014
The Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program (LSP), a Newman Guide recommended institution, has been providing sound Catholic online higher education since its establishment in 2010. 


DeSales University Launches New Doctorate in Physical Therapy
8/20/2014
DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa., recently announced that it will begin enrolling students in its new Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program this fall. The University is now a candidate for accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy in Education.


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.


New Head Chaplain at TAC: Chaplains Help Students Thrive Humanly and Spiritually
8/18/2014
This fall, students at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., will arrive to find a new head chaplain and a returning member of the chaplaincy on campus, reports the College.


New U.K. Catholic College Program Explores Foundations of European Culture
8/18/2014
Benedictus College Director Dr. Clare Hornsby told The Cardinal Newman Society that “students will be inspired with the academic confidence to keep exploring the wealth of knowledge” introduced to them throughout “the intense and varied” program.


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