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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.


Professors from Catholic Universities Sign Plea for End to Genocide in Iraq
8/14/2014
Thirty-eight prominent Catholic university professors and others have signed a plea calling for “the United States and the international community [to] act immediately and decisively to stop the ISIS/ISIL genocide".


Catholic Studies Program Founder at UST in Minnesota Retires after 21 Years at Helm
8/14/2014
Don Briel, founder of the Catholic Studies department at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minn., is retiring after 21 years in charge of the groundbreaking program.


Benedictine College Prof: Catholic Colleges Need Both Academics and Ministry
8/13/2014
Benedictine College professor, Dr. Edward Mulholland, writes that the mission of a Catholic college should address both academics and ministry. “Any educational philosophy that does not address both fails fully to embody the Catholic vision.”


California Could Force Abortion Coverage at Catholic Universities, Violating Federal Law
8/12/2014
California’s health care agency is conducting “an in-depth analysis of the issues surrounding coverage for abortion services,” in reaction to last year’s decisions by two Catholic universities to end payments for employee health insurance coverage of elective abortion.


Franciscan U. Professor Set to Teach in Ukraine on Fulbright Fellowship
8/8/2014
Dr. Alexander Sich, a physics and pre-engineering professor at Franciscan, discussed his upcoming trip and noted the significance of teaching at a faithful Catholic college.


Prof. Laments Notre Dame’s Denial of Group Promoting Catholic Teaching on Marriage
8/6/2014
The Irish Rover recently published an article from Robert Oscar Lopez who gives his perspective on the debate surrounding Students for Child Oriented Policy at the University of Notre Dame and argues for the necessity of the group.


Theologian Responds to Catholic Teacher Firings with Ethical Advice
8/5/2014
E. Christian Brugger has responded to recent news and controversies with an analysis considering the question, “Should school teachers, faculty members or school administrators be terminated if they are found guilty of grave moral misconduct in their private lives?”


Professor Reflects on Meeting Pope during ‘Investing for the Poor’ Conference in Rome
7/21/2014
Dr. Rogelio Garcia Contreras, advisor to the Social Entrepreneurship Program at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Tex., recently met Pope Francis during a trip to Rome to participate in the first Conference for Impact Investment titled "Investing for the Poor."


Thomas Aquinas College Faculty Deepens Knowledge of Mission over Summer Break
7/18/2014
The faculty of Thomas Aquinas College recently participated in seminars focusing on the mission of the College and studying "texts that deepen members' understanding of and commitment to the College's mission and its unique program of Catholic liberal education."


Book by Mount St. Mary’s Professors Wins Awards from Catholic Publishing Associations
7/18/2014
Where Justice and Mercy Meet was written and edited by Dr. Trudy Conway, professor of philosophy, and Dr. David McCarthy, professor of theology, in collaboration with Catholic Mobilizing Network’s Vicki Schieber.


Christendom Prof. Makes Archaeological Discovery, Presents at Prestigious Conference
7/11/2014
Dr. Brendan McGuire "solved an age-old archeological problem" and revealed important information about an ancient Christian church at a prestigious symposium earlier this year, reports the College.


Professor Defines Role of Theology in Prominent Academic Talk, Criticism Follows
6/19/2014
A theologian from Duke University elicited strong responses from some Catholic university professors after  he defined the role of theology and theologians, affirming their position under the Magisterium.


Canadian Bishops Lament Catholic Teachers Group’s Intent to Join ‘LGBTQ Activism’ Parade
6/16/2014
“This decision shows that they and the OECTA [Ontario’s English Catholic Teachers Association] leadership have an inadequate and mistaken understanding of their faith,” wrote Cardinal Collins.


Admissions Officers Meet to Share Best Practices, Strengthen Catholic Identity
6/12/2014
“The admissions officers from many Catholic colleges have been meeting regularly via our conference calls for several years, but this is the first time that they were able to meet in person,” said Bob Laird, the director of programs for the Society.


Apostolic Nuncio: Youth Challenged by ‘Secularism, Materialism, and Relativism’
6/10/2014
Archbishop Carlo Mario Vigano, the apostolic nuncio to the United States, recently spoke to Catholic educators at Fordham University in the Bronx, N.Y., about the challenges that youth face today.


Columbus Diocese Affirms Teachers as ‘Ministers’ in Updated Contract
6/10/2014
The Diocese of Columbus in Ohio is striving to uphold Catholic identity in diocesan schools by revising teacher contracts to identity impermissible behavior that is not consistent with a teacher’s duties as a “minister.”


Seattle U. Appeals NLRB Claim That It Is Not Religious Enough, Faculty Votes Impounded
6/6/2014
Although the NLRB continued its infringement on religious freedom last month and declared that Seattle University is not religious enough to be exempt from the labor board’s oversight, the University appealed the decision.


Pope Encourages Teachers in Mission Drawing Students to the ‘Good, Beautiful and True’
6/5/2014
When Jorge Bergoglio was six years old, his first teacher taught him to love school... And now, as Pope Francis, his commitment to the importance of education remains evident.


Video: Prof. Highlights Growing Hispanic Catholic Population, Low Catholic School Attendance
6/4/2014
Fifty-five percent of U.S. Catholics under the age of 18 are Hispanic, but more than 95% of them don’t attend Catholic schools, according to Dr. Hosffman Ospino.


New Book ‘Little Oratory’ Helps Families, Students Learn the Faith by Living It
6/3/2014
“Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote that the essence of Catholic education is one that deepens our participation in the mysteries of the Faith, and primarily the Eucharist and worship of God.”


Archdiocese Says Catholic Identity Important in New Contract for Teachers
6/2/2014
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati says that its new teachers contract is the result of a call for Catholic identity and that the protests surrounding news of the contract are overblown.


Catholic College Reinstates Nursing Chair after Resignation Dustup
5/30/2014
Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans, La., has reportedly reinstated the chair of its nursing department who had previously resigned under controversial circumstances.


Fr. Thomas Reese Undermines Efforts to Strengthen Catholic Identity in Schools
5/29/2014
Father Reese, S.J., a former Georgetown University professor who is reportedly a visiting scholar at Santa Clara University in Calif., recently undercut some bishops’ efforts to strengthen their schools’ Catholic identity.


Oakland Bishop Affirms Teachers’ Duty as Role Models in New Contract
5/29/2014
Bishop Barber is working to uphold Catholic identity in diocesan schools by updating the annual teachers’ contract to articulate the “expectations required of those who desire to participate in this mission and ministry.”


Online Broadcast to Consider ‘Challenges to Notre Dame’s Catholic Identity’
5/29/2014
The Sycamore Trust, an organization committed to strengthening the University of Notre Dame’s Catholic identity, is inviting people to join them online for a live broadcast of their annual breakfast.


Seton Hall ‘Stood Firm’ after Faculty Resisted Pro-life Author’s Graduation Speech
5/28/2014
“As it happened, despite the preceding faculty machinations, the event itself went off beautifully and without incident,” Catholic author Mary Eberstadt told The Cardinal Newman Society.


Professor Undermines Archdiocese’s Effort to Protect Schools’ Catholic Identity
5/27/2014
In a recent opinion piece, law professor Charles Reid, Jr., opposes an effort by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to protect the Catholic identity of its schools, even while he teaches at a Catholic university.


Court Will Not Dismiss Lawsuit of Admin. Fired from Catholic School after Same-Sex Marriage
5/27/2014
A judge has ruled against a Catholic school’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a former administrator who lost his job after his same-sex marriage became public.


Former Ambassador to Vatican Hired by Loyola Chicago after Harassment Allegation
5/21/2014
Loyola University of Chicago has confirmed that it plans to hire former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, Miguel Diaz, as a theology professor despite recent allegations of sexual harassment.


Boston College Class Syllabus Includes Going on a Date
5/20/2014
The hook-up culture has replaced dating, according to the Jesuit University professor Kerry Cronin, who reportedly says that dating has become a “lost social script.”


TV Segment on Catholic School’s Classical Curriculum Wins News Award
5/19/2014
A few years ago, Saint Jerome Academy in Hyattsville, Md., reportedly faced “declining enrollment and funding,” at which time it switched to a Catholic classical curriculum, according to the report done by EWTN’s Wyatt Goolsby.


Catholic Colleges Leader Rejects Ex Corde Ecclesiae as ‘Checklist,’ Defends Pro-Abortion Speakers
5/14/2014
The president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities has claimed that Pope Saint John Paul II’s Ex corde Ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution for Catholic colleges and universities, is not a “checklist” binding on college leaders.


Former Vatican Ambassador and Catholic Prof. Miguel Diaz Faces Sexual Harassment Claim
5/13/2014
A 2013 investigation conducted by the University of Dayton “found ‘reasonable cause’ to believe” that Miguel Diaz sexually harassed a married couple while working as a professor at the Ohio Catholic university.


Pope Francis Speaks at Rally for Italian Catholic Schools
5/12/2014
Pope Francis reportedly said that school “is synonymous with openness to reality. At least it should be!”


No-Confidence Vote at Catholic College Follows Controversial Resignation
5/12/2014
Following the controversial resignation of a top administrator, the faculty assembly of Our Lady of Holy Cross College reportedly passed a no-confidence vote in the College president.


Law Students Get Experience Defending Religious Freedom at Univ. of St. Thomas (Minn.)
5/9/2014
Professor Thomas Berg created a Religious Liberty Appellate Clinic offering several law students each year the opportunity to draft briefs in important religious freedom cases.


Alumni Urge Gonzaga to Focus on Catholic Identity amidst Quest for Top Rankings
5/8/2014
“Can Gonzaga be highly ranked in U.S. News and World Report and still be faithfully Catholic?” the alumni asked. “We say yes, but not if the university stays on its current trajectory.”


Federal Labor Board Asserts: Seattle University Not Religious Enough
5/8/2014
The National Labor Relations Board has asserted itself as arbiter over whether or not a college—this time, Seattle University—is religious enough to qualify for an exemption from the board’s oversight.


Vatican Official Criticizes LCWR Award to Fordham Univ. Professor
5/6/2014
Cardinal Müller said that the LCWR’s decision to give its Outstanding Leadership Award to Sr. Elizabeth Johnson “will be seen as a rather open provocation against the Holy See and the Doctrinal Assessment.”


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