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Academia Desperately Needs Faithful Catholic Teaching, Argues Acclaimed Sociologist
The academic world needs faithful Catholic teaching now more than ever, especially as colleges become firmly entrenched in mainstream secularization, Father Paul Sullins recently told The Cardinal Newman Society. This October, Fr. Sullins will receive an award for his contributions to social science at the Society of Catholic Social Scientists’ (SCSS) annual conference, which shares and produces faithful Catholic scholarship to evangelize the culture. 

“The Catholic academy today is largely secular, with only a nominal connection to the Catholic faith, with the result that serious, faithful Catholic professors often feel isolated and face significant professional and institutional headwinds in their careers,” Fr. Sullins, who is an emeritus professor of sociology at The Catholic University of America, explained. 

This year, the conference will be held at Newman Guide-recommended Franciscan University of Steubenville, which is also the home turf of the SCSS. “Our purpose is to bring Catholic scholarship and social science to the cause of evangelization,” Dr. Stephen Krason, president of the SCSS and political science and legal studies professor at Franciscan University, told the Newman Society.

Cardinal Newman Society Statement Opposing Honors and Platforms for Proponents of Legal Redefinition of Marriage
On March 5, 2015, 379 corporations and business groups submitted an amicus brief, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to declare “marriage rights” for same-sex persons. Such a ruling conflicts directly with Catholic teaching and the position of the U.S. Catholic bishops.

Newman Society Releases Statement on New HHS Mandate Accommodation
The following official statement was released this week by The Cardinal Newman Society in response to the changes to the HHS mandate accommodation announced on Friday, August 22.

Admissions Officers Meet to Share Best Practices, Strengthen Catholic Identity
“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.

Newman Society Lauds Appointment of Msgr. Swetland as President of Donnelly College
“Msgr. Swetland has been instrumental in helping Catholic colleges strengthen and preserve their Catholic identity—and I know he will be a faith-filled leader at Donnelly College.”

Catholic College Leaders Gather to Discuss Student Life, Catholic Teaching
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.

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.

Newman Society, Catholic Colleges Challenge Federal Labor Board in Possible Landmark Case
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.

Notre Dame Professor, Monsignor Swetland on ‘Heart and Soul of a Catholic University’
“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 University of America to Host Cardinal Burke for Lecture
Presented by CUA’s School of Canon Law, Cardinal Burke will discuss “The Relation between the Apostolic Signatura and the Local Church.”

‘Christocentrism’ Is Starting Point for Catholic Universities, Says Education Leader
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.

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..." 

Convinced and Converted: Msgr. Swetland’s Journey to Catholicism
“Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence.” (1 Peter 3:15)

Colleges Need Better Measures of Catholic Identity, Study Finds
Church attendance by students is a clear indicator of the strength of a Catholic college's religious identity, but subjective measures of personal devotion are not.

Catholic College Student Life Leaders Inspired by Year of Faith
More than 40 senior student life representatives from faithful Catholic colleges and universities across the U.S. are meeting for the first annual Student Life Leadership Conference.

Married Practicing Catholics Feel Most Loved in Sex, Study Finds
U.S. News & World Report has an article up featuring the findings of a survey reporting that "Devout, married Catholics have the best sex of any demographic group."

Newman Society, Family Research Council Co-Sponsor Talk 'Porn in the Dorm'
Dr. Patrick Fagan, Senior Fellow and Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute at FRC, will deliver the talk discussing the troubling wide-spread use of pornography among college students.

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."

Finding Solutions to the Hook-up Culture on College Campuses
"It's clearly in the interests of both colleges and the students they serve to change the culture," writes Cardinal Newman Society programs director Bob Laird today in an op ed for the LA Times.

Catholic Colleges Tell Obama Administration: HHS Mandate Continues to Violate Religious Freedom
"Despite assurances from the Administration to the contrary, this mandate would still insist that every employee at Catholic universities and colleges be enrolled in an insurance regiment that includes abortion causing drugs," said Monsignor Stuart Swetland.

Newman Society Urges Immediate Member Action on HHS Mandate
The Cardinal Newman Society is urging its members and others to submit comments and protest this dangerous violation of religious freedom.

Study: Most Catholic Colleges No Longer Require Catholic Theology
Catholic colleges that have maintained a strong religious identity also have the strongest core curricula, according to a new study from The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS).

Daily Caller: CNS Speaks Out Against NLRB Violations
The Daily Caller features Patrick Reilly, the president of The Cardinal Newman Society, speaking out against the overstepping National Labor Relations Board.

Catholic Identity Is Priority in Religious Freedom Struggle, Says CNS President
The failure of Catholic institutions to demonstrate clear and consistent Catholic identity and fidelity encourages disregard for the Church’s claims of religious freedom and therefore is itself a threat to faithful Catholics, argued Patrick Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society, in Washington, D.C., on Friday.

Prominent Catholic Leaders, Scholars to Address Religious Liberty
Prominent Catholic scholars and leaders and from around the country will convene next week to discuss current threats to religious liberty and the Catholic Church’s response.

NLRB Continues to Harass Duquesne University, Avoids Constitutional Question
On Friday the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continued its unconstitutional intervention in Catholic higher education by ordering Duquesne University to count ballots cast by adjunct faculty in a vote whether or not to unionize.

Congressman Outrageously Compares Religious Liberty Hearing to ‘Nero Fiddling While Rome Burns’
At yesterday’s U.S. House of Representatives hearing on the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) harassment of Catholic colleges and universities, Congressman Robert Andrews (N.J.-1st) reportedly put his foot in his mouth when he characterized the hearing as a “classic case of Nero fiddling while Rome burns”

Even AFL-CIO Supports NLRB Reprieve for Catholic Colleges?
The vice dean of Villanova University’s law school testified today before Congress, warning that recent rulings by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against Catholic colleges and universities are “a threat to religious freedom.” But what was surprising was the apparent support for religious institutions from the AFL-CIO.

Congressman Scolds NLRB for Violating Catholic Colleges’ Religious Freedom
During this morning’s U.S. House of Representatives hearing on the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) intrusion into higher education, Congressman Phil Roe, M.D., (Tenn.-1) issued a statement excoriating the NLRB for its unconstitutional harassment of Catholic colleges and universities.

Veteran Church Leader, Distinguished Catholic Journalist Join Cardinal Newman Society Staff

Religious Liberty in Limelight as Catholic Social Teaching Experts Descend on D.C.

Franciscan U. Announces Stellar Commencement Speaker List

Cardinal Newman Society & Mount St Mary’s University Partner to Promote Renewal of Catholic Campuses

Experts Urge Bioethics Studies at Catholic Colleges

Feds Rule Against 2nd Catholic College, CNS Analyzes Assault on Religious Liberty

Catholic Colleges Get Valuable New Tool to Assess Catholic Identity

Cardinal Newman Society Congratulates Advisor Burke on Appointment as Cardinal

Cardinal Newman Society Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Christifideles Laici
The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) marked the anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation Christifideles Laici—released 20 years ago today—with a statement by the distinguished philosopher Dr. John P. Hittinger of the University of St. Thomas, Houston.

Study Finds Catholic Colleges Have Little Positive Impact on Faith, Values
A groundbreaking survey of Catholic college students published by The Cardinal Newman Society’s (CNS) Center for the Study of Catholic Higher Education finds that most students on Catholic campuses reject key Catholic moral values and tenets of the faith, and significant numbers engage in pre-marital sexuality activity and the viewing of pornography.

CNS Urges Support for Catholic Scholar Associations
As part of its mission to promote faithful Catholic higher education, The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) is urging Catholic college officials and faculty to actively support two leading associations of Catholic scholars.

Nation’s Largest Newman Center Complete at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Aims to be "national model of college ministry reflecting a bold Catholic identity..."

Magdalen College Celebrates 35th Anniversary With Center Fellow
Magdalen College in Warner, New Hampshire, has launched its 35th anniversary celebration, which will include campus appearances by Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments; Sean Cardinal O’Malley of Boston; papal biographer Brennan Pursell; Inside the Vatican editor-in-chief Dr. Robert Moynihan; and pro-life musician Tony Melendez.

Franciscan University Offers “St. John Bosco” Conference Renewing Religious Educators
Msgr. Stuart Swetland, vice president for mission at Mount St. Mary's University . . .

FUS Institute of Bioethics to Hold Conference in October
"Moral Conviction vs. Political Pressure" ... Dr. Patrick Lee, Franciscan's first endowed chair professor . . .

Center Fellow Publishes New Book on Thomas Aquinas
A new translation of a Thomas Aquinas classic work by Dr. Peter A. Kwasniewski, a Newman Fellow of The Center for the Study of Catholic Higher Education, will be published later this month.

Catholic Think Tank to Blog from World Youth Day
The Center for the Study of Catholic Higher Education will be blogging on events from World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, July 15-20.

CNS Officially Launches New Higher Education Center
The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) today officially launched a new division, The Center for the Study of Catholic Higher Education, to study Catholic colleges and universities in accordance with the guidelines of Ex corde Ecclesiae and in a manner faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.

Guide to Pope Benedict and Higher Education Issues Published by New Research Center
The Center for the Study of Catholic Higher Education, a new division of The Cardinal Newman Society, has published a collection of essays on Pope Benedict XVI and Catholic Higher Education.



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