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Benedictine College to Rename Student Center after ‘St. John Paul II’
College President Stephen Minnis cited several ways Bl. Pope John Paul II has influenced Benedictine College, including through his apostolic constitution on Catholic colleges, Ex corde Ecclesiae.

The Suppression of Christian Speech on American Campuses: Dr. Ken Howell’s Story
“The underlying message of secularism vs. religion is a real issue on campus,” Dr. Howell told The Cardinal Newman Society in an interview on March 31—and he would know.

‘Embrace the Mission’: Bishop Ricken Seeks Authenticity in Catholic Education
“Catholic colleges make the greatest contributions to other colleges and universities and to society when they are thoroughly Catholic,” Bishop Ricken said.

Cardinal Burke Tells Parents to be ‘Especially Vigilant,’ Laments Infidelity of Catholic Colleges
“Adults, young people and children must be educated about the central moral questions of the day,” said Cardinal Raymond Burke.

Pope Francis’ Words to Note Dame May Be ‘Rallying Cry’ for Catholic Universities, Says Writer
Nicholas G. Hahn III wrote that many Catholic universities have fallen into secularism, but “now they have a pope telling them they can't have one foot in each world.”

Christendom President Joins Catholic Higher Ed. Meeting at Pontifical Commission
"The commission discussed the new evangelization in light of Pope Francis' pontificate as well as other topics including the challenges facing Catholic higher education in America."

Faithful Faculty Are Key to Restoring Catholic Identity at Notre Dame, Says Sycamore Trust
The key to a college’s Catholic identity is “what goes on in the classroom, who’s teaching and what they’re teaching,” writes the chairman of the Sycamore Trust.

1887 Trust: Newspaper Confuses Fidelity With Being ‘Rigid’
A major newspaper recently accused a group—1887 Trust—committed to promoting Gonzaga University’s Catholic identity of pushing the Jesuit university “to adhere to a more rigid ideology and Catholic tradition.”

Jesuit Education Leader Downplays Importance of Hiring Mission-Ready Instructors
"...the number of non-Catholic teachers should not be allowed to constitute a majority within the Institution, which is and must remain Catholic," according to Blessed John Paul II's Ex corde Ecclesiae.

Catholic Culture Highlights Cardinal Newman Society’s Work to Preserve Catholic Identity in Education
"The Cardinal Newman Society noticed several years ago that Catholic colleges and universities with no clear and consistent Catholic identity were more likely to be treated just like everybody else..." 

Franciscan University Pilgrims to Attend Papal Canonizations in Rome
A pilgrimage led by Franciscan University president Fr. Sean Sheridan, TOR will make its way to Rome next April for the canonization of Blessed Popes John Paul II and John XXIII.

NAC Chair Recommends Episcopal Review of Common Core in Catholic Schools
The head of the U.S. bishops' National Advisory Council (NAC) strongly recommended that the general assembly conduct an episcopal review of the Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative (CCCII). Renee Miller, the NAC’s chair, also encouraged the bishops to engage more extensively with college presidents about instituting Pope John Paul II’s apostolic constitution, Ex corde Ecclesiae, on their campuses.

Gonzaga Alumni’s 1887 Trust: Fighting to Preserve Catholic Identity at the University
Gonzaga University doesn’t always have to be Catholic, said Dr. David DeWolf, professor of law at Gonzaga University’s law school, in an article published by the 1887 Trust.

Principals of Top Catholic High Schools Fear ‘Common Core’ Would Harm Their Schools
Principals of America’s leading Catholic high schools are concerned about the impact that adopting the national “Common Core” standards could have on their schools’ Catholic identity.

Catholic Identity on Campus: A Matter of Life or Death?
Daniel McInerny, English language editor for Aleteia, has written a compelling commentary about the essential role that Catholic identity and culture play in a Catholic university’s vitality. Covers Blatty’s Canon Law Petition on Georgetown’s Catholic Identity
The petition, signed by more than 2,000 people so far, calls upon Church authorities, including the Pope, to help restore Catholic identity at Georgetown.

Help the Effort to Restore Catholic Identity at Georgetown University
Show the Vatican that YOU support Blatty’s and his fellow alumni’s effort to restore Catholic identity at Georgetown by clicking the button included in the article.

Georgetown University Canon Lawyer Questions Holy See’s Authority in Blatty Petition
The Rev. Orsy, S.J., a visiting professor at Georgetown, was quoted as saying, “the official title of Georgetown is ‘Georgetown University,’ not ‘Georgetown Catholic University.’"

40 Years Later, “Exorcist” Author Engaged in New Struggle Over Lost Faith and Redemption
"... at its heart it’s a story about a Jesuit priest who, after struggling with his faith, regains it through the exercise of his ministry."

New Franciscan University President Keeps Focus on Christ
Rev. Sean Sheridan, TOR, said that he believes they have “only seen a glimpse of what God has planned for Franciscan University and for each one of us.”

The Need for “Mission-Fit” Professors at Catholic Colleges
Professor Anthony Esolen of Providence College argues in a Crisis Magazine article that Catholic colleges and universities must do more to hire faithful Catholic faculty members.

Gonzaga University: Catholics Need Not Apply?
A parent recently asked a Gonzaga University professor about the ratio of Catholic to non-Catholic teachers at the Jesuit college. He had no idea. And it may just be that nobody does.

Sixth President of Franciscan University to be Installed Tomorrow
Reilly stated, “Fr. Sheridan is the perfect choice to lead Franciscan University into the future, with commitment to both serious academics and strong Catholic identity. We look forward to working closely with him, as we have his predecessors.”

Blatty’s Canon Law Case to Reform Georgetown Goes to Vatican
Georgetown University alumnus William Peter Blatty’s petition for the implementation of Ex corde Ecclesiae

 at his alma mater has been submitted to the Vatican.

Faculty Letter Blasts Loyola Marymount Univ. for Refusing to Cover Abortions
The letter asks LMU to “reconsider” its decision in order to “honor our Catholic commitment to pluralism, freedom of conscience, the integrity of the individual and social justice.”

A Tale of Two Catholic Colleges
FOCUS led to a spiritual rebirth on Benedictine College’s Campus, Says Author John Burger.

Why Does President Obama Feel at Home at Georgetown?
Since taking office in 2009, President Barack Obama has found a reliable home at what might seem an unlikely place – a Catholic college.  But in the case of Georgetown University, it’s not so unusual.

Catholic University Immerses New Faculty in Catholic Intellectual Tradition
According to the University, while many of the faculty that participated in the conference were not Catholic, they were "interested in how they may contribute to the University's Catholic identity."

Blatty Explains Canon Law Georgetown University Petition
In an EWTN interview, The Exorcist author William Blatty explained the reasons for the canon law petition regarding Georgetown University's Catholic identity.

Canon Law Case Against Georgetown Submitted to Cardinal Wuerl
A canon law petition asking Cardinal Donald Wuerl to rescue Georgetown University's Catholic identity or declare that it can no longer refer to itself as Catholic was delivered to the Archdiocese of Washington today.

EWTN Radio Programs Feature Newman Society President
Patrick J. Reilly discussed the trials he experienced while standing up for Catholic identity as an undergraduate student at Fordham University and how this led to the founding of The Cardinal Newman Society.

Christian Universities Require More than a Statement of Faith
Christian universities require more than a statement of faith, says Cardinal Newman Society's Bob Laird.

Bishops Issue Ten Year Report on Ex corde Ecclesiae
Ten years after the finalization of Ex corde Ecclesiae, the relationship between the U.S. bishops and Catholic colleges has led to increased cooperation over the last decade, according to a new report from the bishops.

Archbishop Makes the Case for Theology Departments
Theology should be at the heart of Catholic universities, Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller recently told an audience at the University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto.

Exorcist’s Blatty Horrified by Georgetown’s Crisis of Faith
It’s no Halloween tale. Sadly, The Exorcist author William Peter Blatty’s account of Georgetown University’s failings—published in today’s Georgetown campus newspaper, The Hoya—is all too true.

Loyola Law School Defends Pro IVF Legal Brief as “Academic Freedom.”
The Cardinal Newman Society broke the story last week that students under the supervision of a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles filed an amicus brief with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights against Costa Rican laws protecting human life from the moment of conception.

Jesuit Provincial Seeks ‘Return to Dialogue’ Between Church, Peruvian University
Andrea Tornielli is reporting at Vatican Insider that the Jesuit Provincial of Peru has sent a letter to the President of the Peruvian Episcopal Conference proposing a return to dialogue between the Church and the University of Peru, which the Vatican recently stripped of the titles “Pontifical” and “Catholic.”

Theologians’ Mandatum “Not Meant to Be a Meaningless Norm”
The National Catholic Register is reporting on The Cardinal Newman Society’s special report on implementation of the mandatum, following Pope Benedict XVI’s statements urging “compliance” with the canonical mandate for college professors who teach Catholic theology.

Cardinal Burke Says Theologians’ Mandatum Should Be Required by Colleges, Disclosed to Students
Catholic families have a right to know which theology professors have the mandatum, and Catholic colleges and universities should require it as a condition for employment, affirmed the Vatican’s chief judge Cardinal Raymond Burke in a new report.

Georgetown Alum: Canon Lawsuit Has Great Prospects for Success

Sister Margaret Farley and the Future of Catholic Higher Education

St. Thomas Professor of the Year Often at Odds with Church Teaching

DeSales University Enters Partnership with Spanish Catholic University
Fr. Bernard O’Connor, OSFS, president of DeSales University, recently signed an exchange partnership with the Universidad Catolica San Antonio in Murcia, Spain.

Catholic Educator: Ex corde Ecclesiae "Troublesome"

Patrick Deneen: Why Georgetown Got It Wrong

A Catholic Civil War?

New York Times on Sebelius at Georgetown and Cardinal Newman Society Petition

Georgetown Alum William Peter Blatty Says Canon Law Suit “Our Only Hope”

Washington Post Highlights Sebelius Flap at Georgetown

Georgetown Students Blog about Sebelius

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