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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.


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.


Regina Academies Continue to Grow, Faith at Center of Education
8/29/2014
The fourth Regina Academy was formally announced this summer with the full cooperation of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Cardinal Newman Society spoke with the president of the Regina Academies board, Barbara Henkels.


Former Polish PM to Speak on Legacy of JPII at Franciscan’s Austria Campus
8/28/2014
Franciscan University of Steubenville issued a news release on Aug. 25 stating that former Polish Prime Minister Hanna Suchocka will speak at an Austrian symposium, held at Franciscan’s study abroad site, on the legacy and contributions of Pope Saint John Paul II.


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.


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.


Wheaton Provost Defends Religious Colleges against Attack Criticizing Legitimacy
7/8/2014
The provost of Wheaton College in Illinois defended the evangelical Christian institution against an attack by an Ivy League professor who alleged that religious colleges should lose their accreditation, apparently for simply being religious.


Adoration Chapel a First Step in Growth Plan at Aquinas College (Tenn.)
7/7/2014
The plan includes campus expansion, academic program reviews, and enhancement of student and spiritual life in order to "meet the needs of [Aquinas's] changing student population," reports the College on its website.


Notre Dame Could Be ‘Only Catholic Litigant’ Held to HHS Mandate, Warns Alumnus
6/16/2014
The chairman of the Sycamore Trust, a group of Notre Dame alumni committed to strengthening its Catholic identity, wrote a letter arguing that the University should remove a recently appointed board member who supports the HHS mandate.


Alumni to Notre Dame: Arrange for Departure of Trustee Who Supports HHS Mandate
6/9/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society broke the news last month that Notre Dame named to its Board of Trustees Katie Washington, who has publicly supported the HHS mandate and criticized the U.S. bishops’ opposition to it.


Catholic College Leaders Gather to Discuss Student Life, Catholic Teaching
5/27/2014
Leaders from 10 faithful Catholic colleges gathered at the Franciscan University of Steubenville last week to share and consider ways of better integrating Catholic teaching into programs and services for students.


University of St. Thomas (Tex.) Strengthens Core Curriculum
5/22/2014
The vision of Pope St. John Paul II in Ex corde Ecclesiae, “stresses that the most comprehensive understanding of reality is achieved when academic ‘silos’ are avoided and knowledge from the various academic disciplines is integrated.”


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.


Vatican Pledges Action on Georgetown University, Declares Evidence of Scandals ‘Well-Founded’
5/14/2014
Archbishop Zani, secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education, sent his remarks in response to a canon law petition organized by William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist and a Georgetown alumnus.


Pope Francis Commissions Cardinals to Address Peruvian University’s Catholic Identity
5/1/2014
In July of 2012, a Vatican decree stripped the University of its titles “Catholic” and “Pontifical” because of years of refusal to bring its statues into line with Ex corde Ecclesiae.


Benedictine College to Rename Student Center after ‘St. John Paul II’
4/7/2014
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
4/3/2014
“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
4/2/2014
“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
3/25/2014
“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
2/28/2014
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
12/13/2013
"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
12/13/2013
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’
12/4/2013
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
11/29/2013
"...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
11/25/2013
"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
11/20/2013
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
11/13/2013
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
11/11/2013
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
11/5/2013
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?
10/31/2013
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. 


CNSNews.com Covers Blatty’s Canon Law Petition on Georgetown’s Catholic Identity
10/24/2013
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
10/22/2013
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
10/21/2013
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
10/21/2013
"... 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
10/14/2013
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
10/11/2013
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?
10/10/2013
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
10/9/2013
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
10/4/2013
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
9/18/2013
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
8/2/2013
FOCUS led to a spiritual rebirth on Benedictine College’s Campus, Says Author John Burger.


Why Does President Obama Feel at Home at Georgetown?
7/26/2013
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
6/11/2013
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
6/10/2013
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
5/31/2013
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
5/30/2013
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
4/17/2013
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
1/11/2013
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
12/10/2012
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
10/26/2012
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.


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