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Cincinnati Superintendent Defends Notion of Catholic School Teacher as ‘Minister’
3/27/2015
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s references to the “ministry” of Catholic education may be controversial in San Francisco, but in other dioceses like the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, the same language is already embraced in Catholic schools. In an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society, Cincinnati’s superintendent of Catholic schools provided compelling reasons to understand teachers as “ministers.”


‘Right Thing to Do’: Sens. Cruz, Lankford Make Last-Ditch Effort to Protect D.C. Religious Schools
3/20/2015
With only three weeks remaining for Congress to overturn two Washington, D.C., laws that violate the religious freedom of Catholic schools and colleges—as well as other religious and pro-life organizations—Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and James Lankford of Oklahoma have done the “right thing” by introducing joint resolutions this week, said The Cardinal Newman Society’s Bob Laird.

The District’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA) and the Human Rights Amendment Act (HRAA) were signed into law by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser in January, despite significant concerns by The Cardinal Newman Society, The Catholic University of America, the D.C. Catholic Conference, and Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl. Several other D.C.-based organizations—both religious and pro-life—have called on Congress to protect their constitutional rights to religious practice and free speech.


Jesuit U. Hosts Event for Group Protesting Efforts to Strengthen San Francisco Catholic Schools
3/17/2015
The University of San Francisco hosted a forum on March 16 sponsored by a group actively petitioning against Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s efforts to fortify Catholic identity in Archdiocese of San Francisco Catholic schools.


Notre Dame’s Compromised Legacy on Life Issues Depends on Faculty, Alumni Say
3/16/2015
The University of Notre Dame has had a more-than complicated history with right-to-life issues. The pro-Catholic identity alumni group Sycamore Trust recently observed that the University’s pro-life character depends on ensuring a majority of pro-life faculty on campus, but studies have shown minimal support for the issue among professors.


Theologian Who Claimed Church Teaching Changes to Deliver Prominent Gonzaga Lecture
3/13/2015
Dr. Jeannine Hill Fletcher, a theology professor at Fordham University who has suggested that Church teaching on homosexuality can change, will headline Gonzaga University’s 39th annual Flannery Lecture on March 19, despite the expressed concerns of alumni.


Notre Dame Professor Wants Church to Rewrite Teaching on Sexuality and Marriage
3/13/2015
The Catholic Church’s teaching on sexuality and marriage is “philosophically untenable and theologically unnecessary,” according to Gary Gutting. The Notre Dame philosophy professor is recommending that the Church abandon its teachings on marriage and human sexuality.


Catholic College Holds Line on No Abortion Coverage while Planned Parenthood Protests
3/12/2015
In response to the University of Scranton’s decision to fortify its Catholic identity by ending all abortion coverage in insurance plans, Planned Parenthood and Concerned Clergy for Choice staged a protest a few blocks from the University’s campus, according to The Times-Tribune.


Notre Dame Professor Continues to Criticize Pope Francis, Undermine Church Teaching
3/12/2015
Candida Moss, a professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, recently criticized Pope Francis for calling attention to the destructive potential of “gender theory.” Moss alleged that the Holy Father “consistently sells women down the river.”


Christian College Stands for Religious Freedom, Catholic College Retaliates by Cancelling Sports Matches
3/11/2015
Emmanuel College athletic director Pam Roeker formally severed ties with Gordon College after learning that the College’s president was among several religious leaders to sign a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a religious exemption, according to The Hub.


Creighton Theology Prof. Wants Church to Be Morally Neutral toward Homosexuality
3/10/2015
A professor of theology at Creighton University was recently quoted in the student newspaper and described as recommending “more morally neutral” language in the Catholic Church regarding homosexuality. The article made no mention of Church teaching.


Thomas Aquinas College Alumna Defends Archbishop Cordileone
3/10/2015
"Lawmakers may vehemently disagree with Cordileone's decision," but "[r]eligious leaders should be free to make such decisions without worrying about interference from the government," Katrina Trinko wrote in defense of the archbishop.


Former Georgetown Law Instructor Pleads Guilty to Voyeurism, Awaiting Sentence
3/10/2015
A former instructor at Georgetown University Law School, Rabbi Barry Freundel, recently pled guilty to 52 counts of misdemeanor voyeurism and will face sentencing in May. A lawsuit which implicated Georgetown for turning “a blind eye” is reportedly still pending.


Georgetown Prof Tells Students ‘You Have a Right’ to Contraception at Event with Planned Parenthood
3/6/2015
An unofficial student group at Georgetown University recently held a sexual health panel on campus featuring representatives from Planned Parenthood and a University nursing professor. The event included information on how to obtain contraceptives.


San Francisco Catholic School Teachers Sign Petition against Morality Clauses
3/4/2015
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has been working to protect and promote the Catholic identity of schools in the archdiocese, but some Catholic high school teachers are stirring up controversy.


NLRB Rules against Seattle U., Claims Lack of Catholic Identity in Faculty Responsibilities
3/4/2015
The Seattle office of the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Seattle University cannot claim a religious exemption from the board’s oversight because no evidence was found that individual faculty members are responsible for furthering the University’s Catholic mission.


Catholic School Won’t March in St. Patrick’s Parade, Cites Concerns with Homosexual Advocacy
3/3/2015
Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Still River, Mass., chose to opt out of Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade following an announcement that a homosexual activist group will be marching in the parade “while publicly identifying its homosexuality,” according to Life Site News.



Infamous Public Relations Guru Organizing Attacks on Archbishop, Writes Hendershott
3/2/2015
"Singer has launched a media blitz to defeat the archbishop's policy, claiming to have been hired by 'concerned parents'; who oppose the archbishop's instruction that teachers in the diocesan schools should teach in communion with the Church," wrote Hendershott.


Fordham Students Announce ‘Sexual Health Network’ for Contraceptive Distribution
3/2/2015
An unofficial student organization at Fordham University, which has been petitioning the administration to forfeit its Catholic identity by allowing student access to contraceptives on campus, among other demands, has plans to launch a “sexual health network” for students.


Marquette’s Treatment of Banned Professor Shows ‘Hypocrisy of Academic Freedom’
2/27/2015
Marquette University’s action banning professor John McAdams, even though a radically dissident professor has thrived at the Jesuit university for years, is indicative of the “hypocrisy of academic freedom today,” Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly said.


Almost Quarter of Students Smoke Pot, but Jesuit Univ. Fails to Address Catholic Teaching
2/26/2015
Campus policies prohibiting marijuana were recently addressed at Seattle University, where nearly a quarter of students reportedly use the drug. However, Catholic teaching on the immorality of drug use was apparently absent from the discussion.


Professor Charles Rice, Who ‘Epitomized All That Is Best’ at Notre Dame, Passes Away
2/26/2015
Dr. Charles Rice, emeritus law professor at the University of Notre Dame, passed away on February 25, The Cardinal Newman Society learned in correspondence with law school faculty. Rice impacted many lives and contributed greatly to Notre Dame’s Catholic identity.


Archbishop Cordileone Expanding Teachers’ Handbook in Support of Catholic Mission
2/25/2015
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has invited theology teachers from four Catholic high schools to help in supplementing the faculty handbook in support of the Catholic mission of archdiocesan schools, according to a letter released to Catholic San Francisco.


Catholic Elms College to Host Pro-Abortion Rights Congressman as Commencement Speaker
2/25/2015
The College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, Mass., is set to host Congressman John Lewis of Georgia as the College’s 2015 commencement speaker, according to a news release, despite his voting record consistently in favor of legal abortion.


Marriage Benefits for Same-Sex Couples Morally Indefensible, Argue Notre Dame Faculty
2/24/2015
The recent expansion of employee marriage benefits to same-sex couples at the University of Notre Dame and other Catholic colleges is indefensible and severely compromises the responsibility to provide moral formation to students, argued three Notre Dame professors.


Planned Parenthood Charges ‘Cruel Indifference’ after Jesuit Univ. Scraps Abortion Coverage
2/24/2015
Planned Parenthood is attacking the University of Scranton following its announcement that—in line with the Jesuit university’s Catholic identity—faculty and staff health care would no longer include coverage for abortion in cases of rape, incest, and for the mother’s life.


Bishops Designate Teachers as 'Ministers' To Strengthen Catholic Identity
2/23/2015
Catholic teachers serve an integral role in the formation of students at Catholic schools and should rightly be held to the standard of ministers, argued Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly in a recent op-ed for the National Catholic Register.


Archbishop Defends Right to Hire for Mission at Catholic Schools, Responds to Lawmakers
2/23/2015
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco recently sent a letter in response to several California lawmakers, defending his right to make decisions about the employment of teachers based on the Catholic mission of schools in the archdiocese.


Notre Dame Scandals under Fr. Jenkins Are Rooted in Diminished Catholic Faculty, Alumni Say
2/20/2015
Notre Dame alumni spoke with The Cardinal Newman Society to share their reflections on how the University has damaged its Catholic identity and how it can pave a way forward by facilitating an increase in faithful Catholic faculty.


Vatican Education Prefect: Church Needs Faithful Catholic Schools
2/19/2015
True and faithful Catholic education is necessary today given the crises of values and family life, explained Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, in a recent address in which he argued for the importance of authentic Catholic schools.


Archbishop Cordileone Won’t Back Down on Efforts to Strengthen Catholic Schools
2/19/2015
Despite negative reactions, Archbishop Cordileone as a shepherd "knows the wolves and is not afraid to confront them," argued The Cardinal Newman Society's Gerri Downing Laird in a recent piece at Crisis Magazine.


New Marquette Provost Chaired Dept. Sponsoring V-Monologues at Notre Dame
2/18/2015
Dr. Daniel Myers has been named Marquette University’s next provost, according to a University announcement. However, while Myers worked at the University of Notre Dame, the department under his direction sponsored the lewd play The Vagina Monologues.


Celebration Honoring CUA-Grad Archbishop Sheen to Draw Students Closer to the Saints
2/13/2015
Sister Maria Frassati Jakupcak, co-chair of Sheen Legacy Committee at CUA, related that the University chose to celebrate Archbishop Sheen this semester because this March marks the 75th anniversary of his first appearance on television.


Oakland Bishop Issues Updated Contracts, Teachers Must Act in Accord with Catholic Teaching
2/13/2015
This new revision is part of a growing trend among Catholic dioceses to ensure the Catholic identity of their educational institutions by giving teachers clear guidance regarding moral conduct.


Sacred Music Can Open Students to Truth, Says Northeast Catholic President
2/13/2015
Northeast Catholic College President Dr. George Harne will deliver a presentation on beauty and sacred music on March 5 in Concord, N.H., the College recently announced. Dr. Harne has written extensively on sacred music, including its importance on college campuses.


Archbishop Cordileone a ‘True Shepherd of Catholic Schools,’ Argues Newman Society’s Bob Laird
2/12/2015
Despite severe criticism, Archbishop Cordileone is taking a stand and helping Catholic schools fulfill their true mission, argued Bob Laird, vice president for program development at The Cardinal Newman Society, in his San Francisco Chronicle op-ed.


Augustine Institute to Offer Online Summer Course Designed for Catholic Educators
2/12/2015
The Augustine Institute, a Denver-based Catholic graduate school, will be offering a special course for teachers and school administrators designed to help them reflect on the connection between Catholic education and teaching.


Archbishop Stresses Teachers’ Duty to Promote Church Teaching, Discusses New Contracts
2/10/2015
Catholic school teachers are uniquely placed to impact the moral formation of students and provide clarity on Church teachings amid the confusion of secular society, taught San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone in a recent address to Catholic high school teachers.


Catholic Colleges Must Motivate Alumni to Stand for Religious Freedom
2/9/2015
Catholic colleges and universities should rally their alumni networks to defend religious freedom, argued David French, senior counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice, in a recent interview with The Cardinal Newman Society.


Liturgy and New Evangelization Conference to Feature Franciscan U. Profs, Alumni
2/9/2015
Dr. James Pauley and Dr. Petroc Willey, along with alumni Jim Beckman and William Keimig, will present at the Liturgical Catechesis and the New Evangelization Conference in Mundelein, Ill.


‘Mission Day’ at Jesuit Univ. Puts Happy Face on Institutional Schizophrenia, Says Prof
2/6/2015
Loyola Marymount professor Dr. James Hanink expressed concern to The Cardinal Newman Society that the University has merely taken a cosmetic approach to its Catholic identity and failed to address recent scandals that endanger the University’s mission.


Religious Freedom of Three Catholic Colleges Hangs in Balance with NLRB Decision
2/5/2015
Rather than exempting three Catholic colleges from its unjust oversight, The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided Wednesday to send the colleges’ cases back down to regional directors.


Marquette Begins Firing Process against McAdams, Claims Blog Led to ‘Impaired Value’
2/5/2015
"If academic freedom is dependent on administrators' judgments of the 'value' of a faculty member, notions of academic freedom are meaningless," McAdams wrote in response.


Pope Francis Grants Papal Knighthood to Prof at University of St. Thomas in Houston
2/5/2015
An English professor at the University of St. Thomas in Houston was recently named a knight of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great. Pope Francis bestowed the honor on Clinton Brand for his assistance integrating Anglican customs into Catholic liturgy.


Internships with Abortion Advocacy Group to Continue at Catholic College, Says Prof
2/4/2015
The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota is promoting internships with the National Organization for Women, despite the group’s outspoken support for legal abortion. A UST representative indicated to the Newman Society that the internships will continue.


Negative Reactions to Catholic Values at Marquette No Surprise, Says Former Prof
2/2/2015
An emeritus professor of philosophy at Marquette University, Dr. Howard Kainz, wrote that the disciplining of Dr. John McAdams was "shameful" and "strange," particularly in light of Marquette's Catholic identity.


Ohio Dominican Univ. Wowed by Enthusiasm for Youth Conference
2/2/2015
Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio, began a new campus program, Encounter Columbus, which exposes students to Adoration, Confession, praise and worship, and Catholic teaching, and is dedicated to inspiring high school and college students with the Catholic faith.


Faculty Formation, Hiring Are Critical in Strengthening Catholic Schools, Says Archbishop
1/30/2015
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco recently emphasized the need for schools to focus on proper faculty formation and hiring in order to effectively hand on the Catholic faith to students, according to the National Catholic Register.


Business Students at CUA to Study Compatibility of Capitalism with Catholic Teaching
1/30/2015
A new program at The Catholic University of America’s School of Business that seeks to integrate Catholic social doctrine and business practices will focus on exploring the “compatibility of capitalism and Catholicism,” Timothy Busch wrote in The Wall Street Journal.


On Feast of St. Thomas, School Leaders Agree: Mass Attendance Yields Academic Success
1/28/2015
Students who attend church frequently are more likely to succeed in school, according to a recent study. But this is no surprise for several leaders of faithful Catholic schools, who agree that devotion to God and intellectual pursuits are in harmony.


Teachers Can Awaken Students to Love of Christ, Says Homilist at Annual CUA Mass
1/28/2015
The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C., recently held its annual community-wide Mass in honor of St. Thomas Aquinas and in celebration of National Catholic Schools Week, the University announced.


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