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Walsh Marks Launch of Society Reinforcing Catholic Identity at Univ. with Adoration
6/27/2014
Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, will host all-night Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament starting June 27 to mark the creation of the new Our Lady of Perpetual Help Society on campus.


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.


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.


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.


Alumni Launch Novena for ‘Flourishing and Faithfulness’ of Gonzaga University
6/12/2014
The 1887 Trust, an organization committed to strengthening and promoting the Catholic identity of Gonzaga University, is urging Catholics to join the organization in praying a novena for the University to St. Aloysius Gonzaga.


Accreditation of Canadian Christian Law School Threatened Due to Morality Policy
6/11/2014
A new law school at Trinity Western University prohibits students and faculty from sexual relationships outside of traditional marriage.


Media Research Center Case against HHS Mandate Awaits Decision
6/11/2014
Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia reportedly said he would examine the case further and “would issue a written ruling in the coming weeks.”


Support Grows for Congressional Investigation into Common Core
6/10/2014
“The idea that the richest man in America can purchase and–working closely with the U.S. Department of Education–impose new and untested academic standards on the nation’s public schools is a national scandal.”


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.”


New Dorm Assists Single Mothers at College of St. Mary
6/9/2014
Single mothers living in Madonna Hall reportedly pay the same housing and tuition rates as other students, but are provided with a free meal plan for their children and babysitting services.


Leader of Latin American Bishops: Liberation Theology ‘Archaic, If Not Already Dead’
6/9/2014
Archbishop Retes indicated that liberation theology is irrelevant at a recent news conference in Rome... Liberation theology is, however, still prominent on the campuses of many Catholic universities throughout the U.S.


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.


U.S. Bishops’ Common Core Document Focuses on Catholic Identity, Says Expert
6/5/2014
“The benefit of the Common Core controversy is that it has surfaced some of the threats of secularization in our schools,” writes Dr. Dan Guernsey.


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.


Milwaukee Archbishop Listecki Responds to Parents’ Petition Against Common Core
6/5/2014
Archbishop Jerome Listecki said the standards are a useful “reference” but that the schools maintain a “strong commitment to Catholic identity” in education, according to FoxNews.com.


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.


Abortion Rights Party Line a Discouragement to Students, Say Canadian Catholic Educators
6/3/2014
The members of a Catholic school board in Ontario, Canada, are warning that Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau’s requirement that fellow party members support abortion rights may prevent students from interacting in public life.


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.


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.


Vatican Excommunicates Theologian Who Simulated Mass
5/23/2014
Theologian Martha Heizer, reportedly a former lecturer in religion at the University of Innsbruck, and the founder of “We Are Church,” was excommunicated by the Vatican along with her husband, Ehemann Gert.


Register Radio Zeros in on Good and Bad in Catholic Commencements
5/20/2014
“It seems that we are regressing,” lamented Jeanette De Melo. “We have twenty, what I would say ‘poor choices’ this year, as opposed to only six last year.”  


Bishops' Common Core Statement Could Be 'Turning Point,' Says Newman Society President
5/20/2014
“This is an opportunity for Catholic schools to rediscover and embrace their core mission,” Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick J. Reilly told Breitbart News. 


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.”


Catholic Schools ‘Switching’ to Charter Schools, Study Finds
5/19/2014
Charter schools must strip themselves of any Catholic identity during the school day.  Because of that, some have attempted to offer religious after-school programs.


Newman Society President: Graduation Scandals Insult to Pope St. John Paul II
5/16/2014
The National Catholic Register recently featured insights from Society President Patrick J. Reilly on the selection of commencement speakers and honorees by Catholic colleges and universities.


Jesuit Theologian Investigated by Vatican Reportedly Agrees to Endorse Church Teaching
5/15/2014
Father Michael Amaladoss, S.J.—whose writing has been used in some Catholic college courses—has reportedly acquiesced to a Vatican order to write an article endorsing Church teaching following investigation into his writings.


Catholic Colleges Need to Teach Chastity, Says Research Expert
5/15/2014
In a culture that sees nothing wrong with sex outside of marriage, having multiple sexual partners and contraception, Catholic colleges should be an exception to the norm, Dr. Patrick Fagan said.


U.S. Bishops Acknowledge Common Core Concerns, Affirm Importance of Catholic Mission in Schools
5/15/2014
“Catholic schools must consider standards that support the mission and purpose of the school as a Catholic institution,” states the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat of Catholic Education in a recent document.


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.


Students Concerned About Planned Changes to University of Dayton Chapel
5/13/2014
The proposed renovations to the Immaculate Conception Chapel on campus will reportedly include the removal of the Blessed Sacrament from the main area of the chapel.


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!”


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.”


Buffalo Bishop Malone Requires School to Uphold Catholic Identity
5/8/2014
Bishop Malone expressed his gratitude that a local Catholic high school reportedly chose not to compromise its Catholic mission after the institution refused—albeit with apparent reluctance—to announce a same-sex marriage.


Cardinal Burke: New Evangelization Consists in Teaching the Faith
5/8/2014
Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, recently spoke about the importance of “all forms of Catholic education” to the new evangelization.


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.


Some Seton Hall Faculty Oppose Catholic Author Mary Eberstadt as Graduation Speaker
5/6/2014
Mary Eberstadt is a Catholic author who has written extensively about the culture of life, the damage of contraception, and the need for families to focus on raising children.


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.


Notre Dame President Marks Papal Canonizations with Promotion of Nuclear Disarmament
4/30/2014
Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins, C.S.C., recently said that the canonization of the two pontiffs was “fortuitous timing” as he hoped they would hear the prayers of those pleading for nuclear disarmament and intercede on their behalf.


Protesters Oppose Catholic School Teacher Contracts Identifying Unacceptable Behavior
4/24/2014
More than 100 protesters gathered outside the headquarters of the Cincinnati Archdiocese earlier this week to deliver a petition protesting the new contract Catholic school teachers are being asked to sign.


Religious Experience at Catholic Colleges Irreplaceable, Says Writer
4/21/2014
"When a school takes the Church’s directives seriously, the result is impressive," said Tom Hoopes,  "Rather than lose their religion, students rediscover their faith on campus or discover it for the first time."


ACLU Supports HHS Mandate against Wyoming Catholic Groups
4/16/2014
The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking to insert itself on the side of the government and against the Catholic organizations in Wyoming, including Wyoming Catholic College, that are resisting the HHS mandate.


Female Student in ‘Gender Change’ Files Title IX to Compel College to Grant Housing in Male Dorm
4/11/2014
The student reportedly filed a complaint with the Department of Education alleging that George Fox University in Oregon is violating Title IX by refusing her request.


Pope Francis to Professors and Students: Theology Only Fruitful Done ‘On One’s Knees’
4/10/2014
“Your Institutes are not machines for producing theologians and philosophers; they are communities in which one grows, and growth occurs in the family.”


Dioceses Revise Contracts, Expect Teachers to Uphold Catholic Teaching
4/8/2014
Dioceses in Hawaii and Ohio have already made changes to their teacher contracts. Some expect similar changes around the country. And some are protesting.


Notre Dame Students Petition University to Make Clear Stand for True Definition of Marriage
4/7/2014
The petition was created by members of the newly formed Students for Child-Oriented Policy, made up of undergraduate and graduate students at the University named after Our Lady.


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