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Brave Nuns Stand Up for Catholic Teaching, Says Newman Society’s Guernsey
4/24/2015
It was a brave decision by faithful nuns at Marin Catholic High School in San Francisco to stand up for Catholic teaching, according to Dr. Dan Guernsey, director of K-12 education programs at The Cardinal Newman Society, in his recent op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle.

This type of witness is the action that teachers in the Archdiocese of San Francisco should be lauding, especially as Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone attempts to fortify the Catholic identity of his schools.

“This took courage,” Guernsey said. “The faithful nuns that teach at Marin Catholic High School in the San Francisco archdiocese seek to be full and credible witnesses to Christ and his church, teaching Catholic beliefs and making saints in a culture which too often misunderstands and even opposes these efforts.”

On April 17, students at Marin Catholic, without the approval of the administration, arranged for the school to participate in a “Day of Silence” supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. The sisters noticed students wearing stickers, pledging to remain silent and handing out flyers. Not wanting to violate the school’s mission by appearing to support the agenda, the sisters returned to their convent until the situation was sorted out. Some students and fellow teachers, who failed to recognize the motivation behind the nuns’ exit, were reportedly frustrated with their decision.

“It was not the message about protecting gay and lesbian students from abuse or bullying that concerned them,” Guernsey wrote. “[I]t was the event’s sponsorship by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, which works to ‘champion LGBT issues in K-12 education,’ including redefining marriage and opposing religious-freedom protections.”


Opinion: Where’s the Tolerance in San Francisco?
4/17/2015
Archbishop Cordileone and all U.S. bishops are bound by Canon law and Church teaching to do what he is doing: ensuring that Catholic schools in his diocese are Catholic. And indeed, he is not alone in this effort. He is joined by similar significant efforts underway by bishops in the dioceses of Cincinnati, Cleveland, Santa Rosa, Honolulu and Oakland, among others.  He is just currently the biggest target in a bastion of the fully-empowered tyrannical Left who will not tolerate any deviance from their liberal orthodoxy.  

The sexual dogmas of the liberal orthodoxy are so confused and so consuming that any other understanding of the nature and purpose of human sexuality and marriage, even those views held by the vast majority of humanity throughout all ages, must be condemned and ultimately silenced. To state the clear and unequivocal Catholic teaching that the only proper and moral exercise of the marital act is exclusively in the context of a committed natural marriage in the service of both love and life is viewed by some as a type of hate crime.  

These “anti-bully” bullies are doing what bullies do. They are seeking to gain in their own social status and self-concept by belittling, shaming and humiliating someone outside their local social norm. As the authors admit, the social sexual norms in the Bay Area are completely supportive of sex outside of natural marriage. Those who control the culture are dead set on humiliating and eliminating anyone who would not fully support their power and the status quo.


New Details on Jesuit Theologian Banned From Teaching Catholic Theology
4/15/2015
Amid misleading reports and accusations of academic freedom violations, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello of Santiago, Chile, sent a strong message last month in support of Catholic teaching and identity by effectively banning the dissident theologian Father Jorge Costadoat, S.J., from teaching theology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PCUC).

The Cardinal Newman Society spoke with Ryan Thomas, director of operations for Catholic News Agency and former South American bureau chief for its sister agency, ACI Prensa, to clear up conflicting reports and better understand the situation.

In a letter dated March 24, Cardinal Ezzati Andrello withdrew his stamp of approval for Fr.Costadoat, who is accused by critics of advocating communion for divorced and remarried Catholics, supporting homosexual relationships and promoting liberation theology. He has reportedly been under investigation by the Vatican, although no public ruling has ever been issued.


Pope Benedict’s Vision Key to Survival of Catholic Colleges, Says Author
4/8/2015
Questions have been raised recently about the future of Catholic higher education: Is it dying? Where is it going? Assumption College theology chair and professor Dr. Marc Guerra, author of a new book compiling some of Pope Benedict XVI’s most important speeches on truth and learning, says that Catholic colleges have available to them a tremendous blueprint and model for the survival of faithful Catholic education.

The Vatican’s constitution on higher education, Ex corde Ecclesiae, and the example and writings of Pope Benedict XVI provide a crucial model for Catholic colleges, Guerra told The Cardinal Newman Society. And they are especially needed today.

“Catholic colleges and universities today face threat[s] both from without and from within,” Guerra said, adding that it is a critical time for Catholic education in America. “These threats take a particular form for us today, a form that, in my view, represents something relatively new under the sun.”


Prominent CEO Carolyn Woo Speaks Out for Faithful Catholic Education
4/1/2015
“When salt loses its flavor, what does it become?”

That’s the question that Dr. Carolyn Woo asks of Catholic colleges, echoing Christ’s warning to believers who allow their faith to become stale. Woo isn’t one of them. Recently, she has had all the zeal of an apostle for faithful Catholic education.

The accomplished educator and nonprofit leader took to the pages of America magazine a few weeks ago to urge the University of Notre Dame to retain its theology requirements for undergraduates, which may be threatened by proposals under consideration as part of the University’s 10-year curriculum review.

“To form leaders of faith, to be the places where the Church does her thinking, to fight against the caricature of God proposed by our secular culture, Catholic universities must offer more than ‘Theology Lite,’” Woo wrote. “In all the efforts to define learning goals for a Catholic university, how about ‘to know God’ as a starter?”


Small Number of Strong Catholic Colleges ‘Heartbreaking,’ Says Conservative Leader
3/31/2015
The fact that most Catholic colleges today still do not fully embrace their Catholic identity is “heartbreaking,” conservative leader L. Brent Bozell III observed in a recent interview with The Cardinal Newman Society. The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College recommends just 20 U.S. colleges and another seven online and international programs that have a strong Catholic mission and adhere to Ex corde Ecclesiae, the Vatican constitution on Catholic higher education.

“When you’ve got a nation of 60 million Catholics and less than two dozen true Catholic colleges and universities—I mean, the math doesn’t add up,” said Bozell, founder and president of the Media Research Center and a member of the Newman Society’s board of directors. “It just doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this one out. So many are going in the wrong direction, but only a few are heading in the right direction.”


‘Right Thing to Do’: Sens. Cruz, Lankford Make Last-Ditch Effort to Protect D.C. Religious Schools
3/20/2015
With only three weeks remaining for Congress to overturn two Washington, D.C., laws that violate the religious freedom of Catholic schools and colleges—as well as other religious and pro-life organizations—Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and James Lankford of Oklahoma have done the “right thing” by introducing joint resolutions this week, said The Cardinal Newman Society’s Bob Laird.

The District’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA) and the Human Rights Amendment Act (HRAA) were signed into law by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser in January, despite significant concerns by The Cardinal Newman Society, The Catholic University of America, the D.C. Catholic Conference, and Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl. Several other D.C.-based organizations—both religious and pro-life—have called on Congress to protect their constitutional rights to religious practice and free speech.


Catholic Schools Must Place Learning in Light of Christ, Says President of Austrian Catholic College
3/18/2015
Dr. Christiaan Alting von Geusau, the president of the International Theological Institute (ITI) in Trumau, Austria, recently wrote an article for Plough magazine, titled “What’s the Point of Christian Education: Preparing Children for the Freedom – and Cost –of Discipleship”. In it he discussed faithful education and explained how stories of persecution and martyrdom can teach children critical lessons.*****Stories of Christian martyrdom show children “the reality of what it means to be a Christian in today’s world” and communicate lessons of discipleship, faithfulness, and formation, argued Alting von Geusau, who also founded the Schola Thomas Morus high school in Austria.

“[W]e must foster in children the desire to pursue the truth with a listening heart, one that applies reason and is guided by a living faith,” Alting von Geusau, asserted in his piece. “Our families, our schools, and our churches should all be places where children receive this kind of formation – an education that sets all we learn and do in the light of Christ.”

Discipleship is primarily a friendship with Christ that serves as a foundation for the rest of one’s life, he explained. Through this relationship students can learn to see others as Christ sees them and to develop virtuous human friendships.


Deep Catholic Roots, Faithful Education Can Help Renew Irish Church, Founders of New College Say
3/17/2015
Many Catholics in Ireland are experiencing a crisis of faith, according to reports, but two founders of a new Irish Catholic college are arguing that a new springtime is possible thanks to the country’s rich Catholic patrimony and by means of renewed Catholic education.


Notre Dame Professor Wants Church to Rewrite Teaching on Sexuality and Marriage
3/13/2015
The Catholic Church’s teaching on sexuality and marriage is “philosophically untenable and theologically unnecessary,” according to Gary Gutting. The Notre Dame philosophy professor is recommending that the Church abandon its teachings on marriage and human sexuality.


Newman Society Pledges to ‘Expose’ Colleges that Honor Marriage Opponents
3/12/2015
Corporations calling for the legal redefinition of marriage should be barred from receiving honors and awards at Catholic educational institutions, argued Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly in a recent interview with Breitbart News.


Thomas Aquinas College Alumna Defends Archbishop Cordileone
3/10/2015
"Lawmakers may vehemently disagree with Cordileone's decision," but "[r]eligious leaders should be free to make such decisions without worrying about interference from the government," Katrina Trinko wrote in defense of the archbishop.


Congress Needs to Overturn Unconstitutional D.C. Laws, Say Heritage Foundation Scholars
3/10/2015
Congress has a responsibility to stop two unconstitutional bills due to their potential to severely impede religious freedom in the District of Columbia, Ryan Anderson and Sarah Torre contend in a recent issue brief from The Heritage Foundation.


Catholic Education Must Develop a Love of Singing, Liturgy in Students
3/6/2015
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry contended in a recent Patheos article that Catholic education has a unique duty to impart a love of art and beauty to students and that this could be accomplished through encouraging enthusiastic involvement in liturgical singing.


Cardinal Wuerl: Catholics Should Speak up for Faith amidst Religious Freedom Attacks
3/3/2015
This Lent gives Catholics a perfect opportunity to defend the faith, argued Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington in a recent post critiquing the double standard presented by two Washington, D.C., laws attacking the religious freedom of Catholic schools.


Catholic Colleges Must Wake Up to the Dangers of Pornography, Says Counseling Expert
2/27/2015
Catholic colleges and universities must learn to see pornography for the epidemic problem that it is and begin offering the necessary resources to help students escape the addictive and destructive habit, argued clinical therapist Dr. Peter Kleponis.


Marquette’s Treatment of Banned Professor Shows ‘Hypocrisy of Academic Freedom’
2/27/2015
Marquette University’s action banning professor John McAdams, even though a radically dissident professor has thrived at the Jesuit university for years, is indicative of the “hypocrisy of academic freedom today,” Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly said.


Professor Charles Rice, Who ‘Epitomized All That Is Best’ at Notre Dame, Passes Away
2/26/2015
Dr. Charles Rice, emeritus law professor at the University of Notre Dame, passed away on February 25, The Cardinal Newman Society learned in correspondence with law school faculty. Rice impacted many lives and contributed greatly to Notre Dame’s Catholic identity.


Marriage Benefits for Same-Sex Couples Morally Indefensible, Argue Notre Dame Faculty
2/24/2015
The recent expansion of employee marriage benefits to same-sex couples at the University of Notre Dame and other Catholic colleges is indefensible and severely compromises the responsibility to provide moral formation to students, argued three Notre Dame professors.


Catholic Colleges Must Save Students from Pornography Epidemic, Says Counseling Expert
2/23/2015
Catholic colleges and universities owe it to their students to do everything within their power to help combat the destructive effects of pornography, argued Dr. Peter Kleponis in a recent interview with The Cardinal Newman Society.


Bishops Designate Teachers as 'Ministers' To Strengthen Catholic Identity
2/23/2015
Catholic teachers serve an integral role in the formation of students at Catholic schools and should rightly be held to the standard of ministers, argued Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly in a recent op-ed for the National Catholic Register.


Archbishop Defends Right to Hire for Mission at Catholic Schools, Responds to Lawmakers
2/23/2015
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco recently sent a letter in response to several California lawmakers, defending his right to make decisions about the employment of teachers based on the Catholic mission of schools in the archdiocese.


Jesuit Universities Should Fortify Catholic Identity, Not ‘Rebrand’
2/20/2015
The efforts of many Jesuit universities to “rebrand” and water down their Catholic values is resulting in a widespread issue of misleading unsuspecting parents and students, argued Jim Infantine, the president of the Gonzaga University alumni group 1887 Trust.


Vatican Education Prefect: Church Needs Faithful Catholic Schools
2/19/2015
True and faithful Catholic education is necessary today given the crises of values and family life, explained Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, in a recent address in which he argued for the importance of authentic Catholic schools.


Archbishop Cordileone Won’t Back Down on Efforts to Strengthen Catholic Schools
2/19/2015
Despite negative reactions, Archbishop Cordileone as a shepherd "knows the wolves and is not afraid to confront them," argued The Cardinal Newman Society's Gerri Downing Laird in a recent piece at Crisis Magazine.


Wayward Catholic Universities Pose Significant Threat to Church’s Survival
2/18/2015
The cultural shift in Catholic academia to secularism "prevents the development of a faithful Catholic 'elite,' which will go on to teach, research, write and advocate in the public square for the Church's vision of a just and moral society," warned Zmirak


Sacred Music Can Open Students to Truth, Says Northeast Catholic President
2/13/2015
Northeast Catholic College President Dr. George Harne will deliver a presentation on beauty and sacred music on March 5 in Concord, N.H., the College recently announced. Dr. Harne has written extensively on sacred music, including its importance on college campuses.


Archbishop Cordileone a ‘True Shepherd of Catholic Schools,’ Argues Newman Society’s Bob Laird
2/12/2015
Despite severe criticism, Archbishop Cordileone is taking a stand and helping Catholic schools fulfill their true mission, argued Bob Laird, vice president for program development at The Cardinal Newman Society, in his San Francisco Chronicle op-ed.


Archbishop Stresses Teachers’ Duty to Promote Church Teaching, Discusses New Contracts
2/10/2015
Catholic school teachers are uniquely placed to impact the moral formation of students and provide clarity on Church teachings amid the confusion of secular society, taught San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone in a recent address to Catholic high school teachers.


Classic Literature Crucial to Academic Formation, Argue Experts at Faithful Colleges
2/10/2015
Exposure to classical literature remains one of the most significant sources of academic formation for children, academic experts from two Newman Guide-recommended colleges recently told the National Catholic Register.


Business Students at CUA to Study Compatibility of Capitalism with Catholic Teaching
1/30/2015
A new program at The Catholic University of America’s School of Business that seeks to integrate Catholic social doctrine and business practices will focus on exploring the “compatibility of capitalism and Catholicism,” Timothy Busch wrote in The Wall Street Journal.


Interview: Armstrong Amendment’s Author Says D.C. Will Lose Fight against Religious Educators
1/29/2015
Former U.S. Senator William Armstrong, who authored the 1989 “Armstrong Amendment”, told The Cardinal Newman Society that he expects D.C.’s repeal of the Amendment to be overturned by Congress or federal courts.


Liberal Arts Grads Set to Positively Impact the Workplace, Argues Hiring Expert
1/29/2015
Students who pursue a liberal arts degree are set to bring joyful and innovative transformation to the workplace, argued hiring consultant Roberta Matuson in a recent Forbes article.


On Feast of St. Thomas, School Leaders Agree: Mass Attendance Yields Academic Success
1/28/2015
Students who attend church frequently are more likely to succeed in school, according to a recent study. But this is no surprise for several leaders of faithful Catholic schools, who agree that devotion to God and intellectual pursuits are in harmony.


Pope Explains Place of Education in Interreligious Dialogue
1/27/2015
Pope Francis recently spoke with members of the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies and emphasized proper education in order to foster interreligious dialogue, but warned against a comfortable approach that simply affirms everything, according to Zenit.


Catholic View of Abortion, Morality off Limits at Many Catholic Universities
1/27/2015
The freedom to discuss topics such as abortion and sexual morality has been all but lost at many Catholic and Jesuit institutions of higher education, argues Father Robert Araujo, S.J. in a recent article at Mirror of Justice.


Bishop Zubik: Catholic Schools Are Crucial to Church’s Evangelizing Mission
1/26/2015
Bishop David Zubik of the Diocese of Pittsburgh recently spoke about the impact and influence that his Catholic education had on him, noting that Catholic schools are essential to carrying out the Church’s mission of evangelization, according to The Pittsburgh Catholic.


Franciscan U. Student Sees ‘Young Adult Church at Its Strongest’ on Campus
1/26/2015
While attendance at many Catholic parishes may be low, there are also many young adults flocking to the Church, argues Monique Ocampo in a recent Patheos article.


Ignoring Bishop, St. Norbert College ‘Adds Insult to Injury’
1/26/2015
St. Norbert College's decision to go ahead with hosting prominent abortion-rights advocate Gloria Steinem is both offensive to its bishop and reflects a deeper misconception about its Catholic identity, argued Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly in a recent interview.


Archbishop Lucas: We Want Our Catholic Schools to Be Vibrant
1/22/2015
The various challenges facing Catholic schools and their mission in serving the New Evangelization were recently discussed at length during an online conference hosted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha, Neb.


16th Annual Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life at Georgetown Set for This Week
1/22/2015
The Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life will be held this Saturday, Jan. 24, at Georgetown University, on the heels of the March for Life in Washington, D.C. This year’s keynote speaker will be Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston.


Some Religious Colleges Are Taking Better Approach to ‘Hook-Up’ Trend
1/22/2015
In the midst of incidents of sexual assault and rape on campuses around the country, several religious colleges and universities are ahead of the curve in how they create healthy environments on campus, according to an article by Kimberly Thornbury at Christianity Today.


Former Georgetown Instructor Laments ‘Catholic Façade’ of University
1/21/2015
Georgetown University’s Catholic identity has suffered considerably in recent years due to widespread concessions to more secular standards, argued former Georgetown English instructor Mark Judge in a recent piece on The New Criterion.


Homeschooling Experts Affirm Parents’ Primary Educator Role despite Government Oversight
1/20/2015
Government should support, not usurp, the role of parents as primary educators of their children, agreed two Catholic homeschooling experts in an interview with the Newman Society about the current state of regulations imposed on families that elect to homeschool.


Spiritual Formation Should Be Highest Priority in College Search
1/19/2015
With the rising tuition costs in recent years, many people have forgotten that a Catholic college education’s true pay-off is in its spiritual impact and formation, argued Tom Hoopes in a recent Aleteia article.


George Weigel Explains How Catholic Universities Can Help Prepare for 2015 Synod
1/16/2015
The Cardinal Newman Society spoke to George Weigel of the Ethics & Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., about his recent article, to discern how Catholic colleges and universities can participate in laying the groundwork in the lead up to the Ordinary Synod in October.


Classical Art, Literature Unlock Door to Wonder in Catholic Education
1/15/2015
A fruitful Catholic education relies on the integration of classical literature and art, wrote Sister Joan Roccasalvo in her recent column. Asserting that the virtue of wonder is necessary for education, Sr. Roccasalvo praised art and literature’s ability to elevate the mind.


Pope Francis Stresses Religious Freedom as ‘Fundamental Human Right’
1/14/2015
Pope Francis recently called for the genuine expression of religious freedom and fruitful worship of God, when speaking to the crowd gathered at the canonization Mass for Saint Joseph Vaz in Sri Lanka.


Catholic Support for Space Exploration Rooted in Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Profs Say
1/8/2015
In interviews with The Cardinal Newman Society, professors from faithful Catholic colleges illustrated the connection between the Catholic intellectual tradition and recent findings that Catholics are most likely to support space exploration.


As Many Jesuit Universities Go with Secular Flow, Neglect of Catholic Mission Continues
1/8/2015
While Catholic identity abuse continues at many Jesuit universities, several leaders and staff members from Jesuit institutions interviewed in the recent Atlantic article apparently accept the status quo.


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