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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.


Newman Society President Lectures at Georgetown on Threats to Catholic Education
4/3/2014
“There seems to be a growing intolerance for those who teach and live the Catholic faith—intolerance from nonbelievers but also, and perhaps especially, from dissenting Catholics," said Patrick Reilly.


Cardinal Newman Society Weighs-In on National Common Core Debate
4/2/2014
“We need to start with the basis of our Catholic faith and then build our curriculum around that... The mission of the Common Core is dramatically different than the mission of Catholic education,” said Bob Laird.


Hawaii Catholic Schools Teacher Contract Prohibits Conduct Contrary to Church Teaching
3/31/2014
The “Standard Teacher Employment Agreement” reportedly must be signed each year and includes abortion, in vitro-fertilization, unmarried cohabitation, homosexual activity, and same-sex unions as fire-able offenses.


Newman Society, Catholic Colleges Challenge Federal Labor Board in Possible Landmark Case
3/28/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society, joined by several faithful Catholic colleges, today made a strong plea to the National Labor Relations Board, urging it to abide by the U.S. Constitution and stop interfering with religious education.


Georgia Catholic Non-Profits Not Subject to HHS Mandate, Judge Says
3/28/2014
In his decision, U.S. District Judge William Duffey reportedly ruled that the Obama administration is not permitted to enforce the mandate as it would violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.


Editor of ISI College Guide Explains Why Gonzaga Was Dropped
3/26/2014
The 1887 Trust organization is pointing to the Jesuit University’s exclusion from the most recent edition of “Choosing the Right College” to call the University to recommit to its Catholic identity.


Australian Catholic U. Requires Clarification in Journal after Denial of Virgin Birth
3/26/2014
The editor of the Journal of Religious Education resigned after receiving pressure from the Australian Catholic University, which hosts the journal, to publish a clarification about a recent piece that denied the Virgin birth.


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.


Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Hobby Lobby Case
3/25/2014
The Supreme Court today is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases against the Obama Administration’s HHS mandate, with implications for Catholic colleges and religious freedom.


Cincinnati Archdiocese Identifies Unacceptable Behavior in Revised Teacher Contracts
3/20/2014
"There aren't any new expectations of our teachers in the 2014-2015 contract... The revised wording is just more explicit, in that it lists examples of behaviors that are unacceptable as contrary to Church teaching.”


Teacher Fired After Gay Marriage Sues Catholic High School
3/18/2014
Ken Bencomo’s lawyer, Patrick McGarrigle, said that Bencomo was told by a school administrator that he was losing his job because his same-sex marriage was “in public and violated the Church’s teaching.”


Author Defends Business Education at Catholic Universities in America Magazine
3/18/2014
“There are excesses and abuses in business and in our capitalist society, and Pope Francis has named many of them. There is also nobility, as he reminds us. We need to recognize the differences.”


Notre Dame Professor, Monsignor Swetland on ‘Heart and Soul of a Catholic University’
3/12/2014
“The secular world thinks that ‘Catholic University’ is an oxymoron.  I say, in fact, a University isn’t truly a University unless it’s fully Catholic...”


Catholic School Recommits to Leading Boston St. Patrick’s Parade
3/10/2014
A Catholic school outside Boston, Mass., which had pulled out of a St. Patrick’s Day parade after organizers announced that a gay advocacy group would march, is now back in the parade after the invitation to the group was rescinded.


Catholic School Vice Principal Fired for Same-Sex Marriage Plans Lawsuit
3/7/2014
The School had stated that Mark Zmuda had signed an employment agreement to act in accordance with the values and teachings of the Catholic Church. By legally marrying his same-sex partner, he broke that agreement, according to the School.


Common Core Partnership Reveals Growing Impact on Curricula
3/7/2014
Common Core curriculum giant Pearson has announced a partnership with Bill Gates’ Microsoft, providing more evidence that the Gates-funded Common Core State Standards are being used to dictate school curricula.


Notre Dame Announces Strategic Plan Making Catholic Character a Priority
3/6/2014
“We place at the forefront of this new strategic plan the University’s Catholic character and the need for it to touch every aspect of our life and work,” the plan states.


Controversy at Fisher More College
3/5/2014
The news broke this week that Fisher More College lost permission to celebrate the Extraordinary Form on campus, and some commentators are suggesting that disputes about Church teaching at the College may be a back-story. 


Catholic School Will Not March in St. Patrick’s Day Parade with Group that Supports Same-Sex Marriage
3/4/2014
The Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Harvard, Massachusetts, announced that its band will not march in the parade nor will it provide a float.


Pope Urges Christian Authenticity, Says ‘Scandal Kills’
3/4/2014
“A Christian is a person who thinks like a Christian, feels like a Christian and acts like a Christian,” said Pope Francis during a homily.


Cardinal Wuerl, Catholic U. Prof. Urge President Obama to Defend Religious Freedom
3/4/2014
"As you promote religious freedom abroad, please also give attention to preserving the First Amendment freedoms of all Americans here at home,” the letter stated.


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.”


Students Protest Loyola Chicago for Canceling Classes Which Taught Students to Protest
2/28/2014
A number of students enrolled in the Jesuit University’s master’s program in social justice and community development delivered speeches and waved signs which read "Who Is Loyola Loyal To?" in protest.


No Same-Sex Marriages in Loyola Chicago Chapel, Campus Open to Receptions
2/27/2014
In light of the Illinois law legalizing same-sex marriage which is scheduled to go into effect in June of this year, Loyola University Chicago announced that it has changed its policies to allow only Catholic weddings on campus.


Assumption College Freezes Tuition, Lays Off 15 Employees
2/27/2014
Just a week after the Catholic college announced a guaranteed tuition freeze for four years for incoming freshman and even extended its application deadline, the college announced the layoffs.


CBS Features Extraordinary Volunteer Work of Catholic Teacher
2/26/2014
Students at the Catholic school thought they knew Jim O'Connor but they realized they didn’t know him at all when a student went to the hospital to discuss an upcoming blood drive and learned a lot about his teacher.


Loyola Univ. New Orleans President Censures Professor’s Comments on Slavery
2/25/2014
The president of Loyola University New Orleans and several faculty members have censured the views of a libertarian-minded professor who criticized civil rights legislation and wrote that slavery “wasn’t so bad.”


Ukrainian Catholic University Professor Killed in Protest
2/24/2014
The University is mourning the loss of Bohdan Solchanyk, an archivist and sociologist with a special interest in electoral practices in contemporary Ukraine.


Federal Appellate Court Denies Injunctive Relief, Questions Remedy Desired by Notre Dame
2/24/2014
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in a 2-1 decision on Friday upheld a lower court’s ruling and rejected the relief desired by the Catholic university.


Resisting Unionization, Seattle U. Fears NLRB Oversight Could Infringe on Catholic Identity
2/24/2014
A group of adjunct faculty members at Seattle University recently filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board with the intent of forming a union with Service Employees International Union Local 925.


Irish Archbishop: 3 Ways Catholic Schools Can Respond to Challenge of the Gospel
2/21/2014
Archbishop Eamon Martin asked,“to what extent do we, in our Catholic schools, facilitate young people in grasping the truths of faith, growing in love of God and neighbor, and in becoming witnesses for Christ?”


Nation’s Largest Teachers Union Assails ‘Botched’ Common Core Implementation
2/20/2014
National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel wrote that there has been “poor commitment” to the correct implementation of the Common Core State Standards in the states.


Catholic School Learns Coach Works for Planned Parenthood, Will Not Renew Contract
2/20/2014
“Certainly being employed by Planned Parenthood, an organization that by its nature violates Catholic moral teaching by providing abortions, is not being a good role model to the children attending Catholic schools.”


Santa Clara Univ. Trustees Support Dropping Abortion from Health Insurance
2/19/2014
Citing Santa Clara University’s Jesuit and Catholic identity as well as the words of Pope Francis, the University’s board of trustees has rejected a faculty resolution urging it to restore coverage of abortion in the employee health plan.


10 Critically Important Adaptations Catholic Schools Should Make to Common Core, Says Education Expert
2/18/2014
Catholic schools should “not alter [their] literature selections based on the standards” nor add more “informational texts” to their reading list, Guernsey argues.


Pope Francis: Catholic Education ‘One of Most Important Challenges for Church’
2/14/2014
“Catholic educational institutions offer to all an approach to education that has as its aim the full development of the person, which responds to the right of every person to access to knowledge.”


Catholic Schools Have Right to Hire, Fire for Mission, Says Legal Expert
2/14/2014
Robert George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and author of Embryo: A Defense of Human Life, recently mounted an interesting defense of Catholic schools’ right to hire and fire for mission.


‘Christocentrism’ Is Starting Point for Catholic Universities, Says Education Leader
2/14/2014
Catholic universities are “essential agents in the new evangelization,” and to “be what they are called to be,” they must rise to meet the challenge of providing student swith a sound education in the faith, writes Monsignor Stuart Swetland.


Group Counters Ten Myths about Faith-Based Schools
2/14/2014
A new report was released by the American Center for School Choice, whose mission, according to its website, is to “expand public support for families to choose the schools they believe will best serve their children.”


Catholic School Atmosphere Reflects ‘Holy Family,’ Says Catholic Academic
2/13/2014
“Evangelization does not stop with religious instruction or liturgy, but affects what is taught and the way it is taught, no matter the subject.” 


Irish Catholic Schools May Teach Other Faiths in New Program
2/10/2014
A new plan in the works for Catholic schools in Ireland could have students studying other religions in addition to Catholicism, according to an article by Independent.ie.


Obama Administration Court Defends HHS Mandate, Cites Compliance at Notre Dame
2/10/2014
The Obama administration has responded to the University of Notre Dame’s request for injunctive relief from the HHS mandate, according to Life News.


United Nations Report Rips Catholic Schools, Vatican
2/6/2014
A United Nations committee’s criticisms of the Catholic Church’s handling of sexual abuse by clergy outrageously included criticisms of Catholic schools that rise to the level of anti-Catholicism, argues Deacon Keith Fournier.


Fired for Out-of-Wedlock Pregnancy, Catholic School Teacher Plans Lawsuit
2/6/2014
Butte Central Catholic High School was compelled to uphold its Catholic identity by dismissing Shaela Evenson, a literature and physical education instructor, for breaking her employment contract.


Notre Dame Professors, Others Cheer Pope Francis' Call to Catholic Identity
2/5/2014
Pope Francis’ words to the University of Notre Dame might have come as a surprise last week, but his message is both encouraging and challenging to the University.


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