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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.


Knights of Columbus to Receive Notre Dame Award for Pro-Life Efforts
10/20/2014
The medal, inspired by Pope St. John Paul II’s papal encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, recognizes pro-life advocacy and “those who have worked to help build a culture of life and respect for the sanctity of life.”


Pope Comments on How Universities Can Encourage Dialogue between Faith and Reason
10/17/2014
Pope Francis recently sent a message to the Italian Catholic University Federation, according to Vatican Information Service, conveying the importance of its work in universities with three words: study, research, and frontier.


Some Catholic Colleges Have Provided Same-Sex Benefits for Several Years
10/17/2014
While Notre Dame is making the headlines for its apparently quick decision to provide employee benefits to “same-sex spouses,” many Catholic colleges have been providing same-sex benefits to varying degrees for years, with some policies in force for almost a decade.


New Latin American Studies Certificate Supports Catholic Identity at CUA
10/17/2014
The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., is offering a new certificate program in Latin American and Latino Studies. According to the University report, the program is of great import for CUA’s Catholic identity due to the growing significance of Latin America in the Church. 


Christendom College Launched Scholarship Matching Program
10/17/2014
According to a Christendom press release, students accepted into the College may submit a request asking the scholarship committee to review and match other scholarship offers they have received.


Alumnus Corrects Notre Dame Prof’s Article Claiming ‘Church Makes Life Impossible for Infertile Women’
10/16/2014
University of Notre Dame alumnus Michael Bradley wrote a piece for Ethika Politika in response to Notre Dame professor Candida Moss’s recent controversial Slate article. 


Bishop Reminds Notre Dame: Catholic Teaching on Marriage Is More than a View
10/16/2014
After Notre Dame’s decision to provide employee benefits to “same-sex spouses,” Bishop Kevin Rhoades published comments concerning the decision, including a reminder for the University that Catholic teaching on marriage is more than just a single viewpoint.


Cardinal Dolan Describes New Structure for Catholic Schools in N.Y. Archdiocese
10/15/2014
Catholic schools are absolutely worth fighting for, Cardinal Timothy Dolan argued in a recent article for America magazine discussing the Archdiocese of New York’s new structure for Catholic schools.


College of St. Mary Magdalen Hosts Seminar at Napa Institute Symposium
10/15/2014
The College of Saint Mary Magdalen in Warner, N.H., recently held a luncheon and seminar on Catholic solidarity and American individualism in conjunction with the third annual Napa Institute Symposium at the Catholic Center at New York University, Magdalen reported on its website.


Rockhurst University to Host Symposium with Newspaper Condemned by Bishop
10/14/2014
Rockhurst University, a Catholic institution in Kansas City, Mo., is set to cosponsor a symposium with the National Catholic Reporter on November 1, 2014, according to the University.


Another College Joins the Trend: University of Mary Institutes Single-Sex Dorm Policy
10/14/2014
The University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., recently completed the transformation of student housing on campus and, starting this semester, now only offers single-sex residence halls.


Wyoming Catholic President Weighs Religious Freedom Concerns in Light of High Court ‘Indecision’ on Marriage
10/9/2014
The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal this week to review petitions from lower courts effectively upheld and legalized same-sex unions in 11 states. Wyoming Catholic College President Dr. Kevin Roberts commented on the high court’s “indecision and inaction."


World Meeting of Families Catechesis a ‘Wealth of Knowledge’ for Catholic Education
10/8/2014
The Catechesis “is a wealth of knowledge that can be used in Catholic education in many ways—but even more foundationally, it touches on the joy of Catholic education,” an organizer of the meeting told The Cardinal Newman Society in an exclusive interview.


Campuses Need to Resolve Sexual Assault and Casual Sex Problem, Say Catholic College Leaders
10/8/2014
Programs set up to prevent sexual assault on campus are important, but universities should also be addressing the wider problem of students feeling pressured to engage in heavy drinking and casual sex, suggested Catholic college leaders in a recent National Catholic Register article.


Fr. Miscamble: Notre Dame Board Appointment ‘Mistake That Must Be Rectified’
10/7/2014
Writing one day before the Notre Dame Board of Trustees’ meeting, history professor Fr. Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C., argued that the appointment of HHS mandate supporter Katie Washington to the board is a “failure in leadership and judgment” and “a mistake that must be rectified.”


Catholic Colleges, Institutions Being Pressured to Accept Secularist Narrative, Argues Prof.
10/7/2014
Dr. Stephen Krason, president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists, warns in a recent article for Crisis Magazine that Catholic colleges, universities, and other institutions are being pressured to promote “the leftist-secularist narrative.”


Notre Dame Asks SCOTUS to Void Lower Court Decision in Case against HHS Mandate
10/6/2014
The University of Notre Dame filed paperwork on Friday, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling in light of the Hobby Lobby case and exempt the Catholic university from complying with the HHS mandate, The Observer reported.


John Garvey Reappointed as President of Catholic University of America
10/6/2014
After a recent board of trustees meeting, John Garvey was unanimously reappointed as president of The Catholic University of America (CUA), according to The Tower. Garvey’s initial five-year appointment as the 15th president of CUA was due to expire in June 2015.


Fairfield University’s Prep School Invites Same-Sex Marriage Advocate to Speak
10/6/2014
Gregory Angelo, a “marriage equality” advocate and the executive director of Log Cabin Republicans—the nation’s “largest organization representing gay conservatives”—will be the guest speaker at Fairfield University’s Fairfield College Preparatory School alumni event.


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.


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