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Lavender Graduations Harmful to Students at Catholic Colleges
4/28/2016
At least eight Catholic colleges across the country are hosting “lavender graduations” this spring — many of them as part of an annual campus tradition — to celebrate and honor students with same-sex attraction (SSA) or who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ).

Lavender graduations and similar ceremonies for seniors have been announced at the College of St. Rose, DePaul University, Georgetown University, Loyola Marymount University, St. Mary’s College of California, Santa Clara University, Seattle University and the University of San Francisco.

Although intended as a compassionate gesture to students, the ceremonies reinforce harmful ideologies about sexuality and gender that contradict Catholic teaching and have been deplored by Pope Francis. They potentially lead students into sinful activity and undermine a Catholic college’s claim to teach the truths of the Catholic faith.


Jesuit Priests’ Proposal to Challenge Planned Parenthood at Georgetown Was Rejected
4/28/2016
Two Jesuit professors at Georgetown University lobbied to have a pro-life speaker on-stage with Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards when she spoke on campus, but the proposal — made to help facilitate the “free exchange of ideas” — was rejected by the organizers of the event, the campus newspaper The Hoya reported.

“It’s wounding to me that students in a Jesuit school would reject the good counsel of two senior Jesuit professors,” theology professor Father Stephen Fields, S.J., told The Cardinal Newman Society. “We had a plan to promote the FULL free exchange of ideas, and so heal a deep rift on our campus. It pains me that the Lecture Fund seems to have put its own career plans over our community’s integrity.”


Special Report: Catholic Commencement Scandals Dishonor Class of 2016
4/26/2016
Research conducted by The Cardinal Newman Society reveals that at least 10 Catholic colleges will be honoring individuals at their 2016 commencement ceremonies who have publicly opposed Church teaching in their statements and actions.

By honoring those who disregard Catholic teaching, and holding them up as role models for students, administrators at these Catholic colleges send a dangerous message to students, betray the religious mission of their institutions and disregard the guidance of the U.S. bishops.

“Families who choose a Catholic education deserve much better than this,” said Patrick Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society. “By passing over the opportunity to present good role models for students — people who embrace not only a call to leadership but God’s call to virtue and faith — a Catholic college falsely honors those who oppose moral truths and dishonors its graduating students.”


Fr. Schall: On 'Building the World You Want to Live In'
4/22/2016
The text of an address, no doubt, reads differently from the listening to it. A lecture proposes a position, a “where-I-stand” sort of thing. A lecture is not a debate or a disputation. It can be witty, solemn, pedantic, chatty, disorganized, moving or implausible. It can be informative, logical or illogical, persuasion or unpersuasive. What is said also tells us much about what is left unsaid. Silences and absences are also, as the phenomenologists tell us, quite revealing.

Cecile Richards’ lecture at Georgetown University read rather like a pep rally to garner enthusiasm for the big game — “young people leading the charge.” The“Hoyas for Choice” group was congratulated for distributing “10,000 condoms last semester! Because of yousomeone somewhere is having safer sex!” One hardly knows whether to laugh or cry, mostly laugh, I think. Chesterton said somewhere that sex by definition is, like life itself, unsafe. If we eliminate its risk, I suspect, we also eliminate romance, something not a few writers have been noticing to be the case on most campuses. Friends with everyone, friends with no one. Sex with everyone, sex with no one. “Safe” sex means: “Protect me from my partner.”


Georgetown University Rally for Planned Parenthood Endangered Souls
4/21/2016
Georgetown University officials must take full responsibility for the scandalous, immoral and anti-Catholic comments made by the president of Planned Parenthood to students yesterday — with the full approval and defense of the nation’s oldest Catholic university — and they should make immediate changes to their speaker policy to uphold truth and avoid endangering the souls of their students.

The administration’s disclaimers about not endorsing guest speaker views and appealing to free speech arguments cannot be taken seriously as excuses to what students were exposed to yesterday. There was no academic benefit for students, nor was this event an attempt to aid students in the pursuit of truth and knowledge. Cecile Richards’ lecture at Georgetown was nothing more than a pep rally for Planned Parenthood and the terrible, evil work that organization is openly committed to doing.


LMU Jesuit Community Rector Endorses Honor of Pro-Abortion Clinton
4/21/2016
The rector of the Jesuit community at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, Calif., thinks LMU is justified in honoring the life of former President Bill Clinton as long as it’s clear that the University is ignoring all of the immoral and evil actions committed in the past, and present, by Clinton when bestowing that honor.

The student-run Los Angeles Loyolan recently reported that Father Allan Figueroa Deck, S.J., rector of the LMU Jesuit community, responded to protests and criticisms of LMU’s honoring of Clinton by expressing his full support of the decision.

“In conferring this honor LMU does not endorse all of Mr. Clinton’s past or current policies nor condone all his actions,” Fr. Deck stated. “Rather, the University recognizes the extraordinary service he has given to civil society and his lifetime connection to Catholic and Jesuit higher education as a Georgetown University alumnus.”


USF Basketball Coach Doesn’t Want Faithful Catholics on the Team?
4/19/2016
The head women’s basketball coach at the University of San Francisco (USF) recently announced her same-sex marriage to an assistant coach, and suggested that any student-athletes who have “an issue” with her sexuality and relationship are not welcome on the team.

On March 31, USF coach Jennifer Azzi publicly announced that she was in a same-sex marriage with her top assistant, Blair Hardiek, during an Anti-Defamation League awards ceremony. She was there introducing Golden State Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts. Welts became the first senior sports executive to openly acknowledge his same-sex attraction in 2011 while president and chief executive of the Phoenix Suns basketball team.


USF President, A Priest, Congratulates Staff on Same-Sex Marriage
4/19/2016
University of San Francisco (USF) President Father Paul Fitzgerald, S.J., was reportedly “quick to offer congratulations” to two USF women’s basketball coaches who recently went public with their same-sex marriage. Fr. Fitzgerald previously told The Cardinal Newman Society that the University “does not endorse views on marriage that are inconsistent with the teaching of the Church,” but all of the statements from USF officials so far are very positive and supporting of the coaches' relationship.

During an Anti-Defamation League awards ceremony on March 31, USF’s head women’s basketball coach Jennifer Azzi publicly announced that she was in a same-sex marriage with her top assistant, Blair Hardiek. At that time, The Mercury News reported that the University’s athletic director, Scott Sidwell, offered his public support to Azzi: “At USF, we respect the dignity of each person ... We are a community of inclusive excellence. We have a commitment to Jennifer, to our students, our staff, women’s basketball program, and the athletics department.”


Archdiocese Plans Mass for Life in Response to Georgetown Planned Parenthood Invite
4/15/2016
Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington will celebrate a Mass for Life next week following what is sure to be a blatant promotion of abortion and contraception by the CEO of Planned Parenthood in her address to students at Georgetown University.

The Georgetown student-run Lecture Fund is hosting Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards on April 20 at 2 p.m. in the University’s Lohrfink Auditorium. A description of the event on the Lecture Fund’s Facebook page promotes the “services” of Planned Parenthood, but doesn’t specifically mention the words “abortion” or “contraception.” The description certainly doesn’t mention that Planned Parenthood commits more than 300,000 abortions each year, or that Richards is responsible for the deaths of almost three million babies since becoming the head of Planned Parenthood.


Newman Society: Loyola Marymount Betrays Catholic Mission in Clinton Commencement Scandal
4/15/2016
Loyola Marymount University’s choice to honor disgraced, pro-abortion former President Bill Clinton as its spring 2016 commencement speaker on May 7 is a new low in the University’s repeated betrayal of its Catholic mission. The scandal deserves the outrage of faithful Catholics everywhere, most especially those families who rely on LMU to provide the Catholic education that the University holds itself out as providing.

Former President Clinton is an extremely poor choice for honor and presents a very bad moral example to LMU’s students. LMU President Dr. Timothy Snyder touted Clinton in the commencement speaker announcement as “one of the great statesmen of our time.” “His commitment to improving the lives of other people, during and beyond his career in U.S. politics, embodies the ethos of becoming women and men with and for others. President Clinton will inspire our graduates as they seek to lead lives of meaning, purpose, and global impact,” Snyder continued. But President Clinton’s record is one of scandal, immorality and support for the destruction of innocent human life. And his Clinton Foundation continues to partner with and fund some of the largest organizations around the world dedicated to snuffing out babies in the womb — such as Planned Parenthood.


Scandal: More ‘Drag Shows’ at Catholic Colleges
4/13/2016
Annual drag shows — where individuals dress up and perform as the opposite sex — have become a consistent presence on several Catholic college campuses, punctuating the spring semester with scandal and disregard for Church teaching on human sexuality. Despite the Holy Father’s repeated warnings against gender ideology, and in one university’s case, censure from the Vatican’s Congregation for Education, Catholic colleges continue to harm students and their Catholic mission with these outrageous events. 

Just this past week, Pope Francis released his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. “It is a source of concern that some ideologies of this sort, which seek to respond to what are at times understandable aspirations, manage to assert themselves as absolute and unquestionable, even dictating how children should be raised,” the Holy Father stated. “It needs to be emphasized that ‘biological sex and the socio-cultural role of sex (gender) can be distinguished but not separated.’”


Pope Francis Stresses Faithful Education in Light of Family Crisis, Says Theologian
4/12/2016
Pope Francis clearly stated the need for faithful Catholic education in his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia released on Friday, and warned against any attempts by schools or teachers to impose ideologies contrary to the teachings of the Church, theologian and author Dr. Edward Sri told The Cardinal Newman Society.

“Pope Francis went out of his way to reiterate the Catholic teaching that parents are the primary educators of their children,” said Sri, who teaches at the Augustine Institute in Greenwood Village, Colo., noting that schools should never replace parents. “The Pope, however, points out a division between parents and schools in some cases.”

“I think about how many moral issues — topics such as abortion, pre-marital sex or the definition of marriage — are presented in educational settings today,” Sri continued. “In some cases, a certain ideology is being imposed upon the children in the classroom — a certain agenda that is directly at odds with what the parents want for their children.”


Details Released for Planned Parenthood Event at Georgetown
4/6/2016
The Georgetown University student-run Lecture Fund announced new details this week about its plans to host Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards on campus this month. The scandalous invitation — and the administration’s refusal thus far to step in and cancel the event — has led the Archdiocese of WashingtonGeorgetown studentspro-life leaders and even a South African cardinal to join The Cardinal Newman Society in publicly criticizing the University for compromising its Catholic identity.

The Lecture Fund is officially calling the event “A Conversation with Cecile Richards.” The “conversation” will take place Wednesday, April 20 at 2 p.m. in Lohrfink Auditorium. The lecture will be closed to the public.

A description of the event on Lecture Fund’s Facebook page doesn’t specify the extent of Richards’ lecture, and offers no biographical information about Richards other than noting that she is the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund. The rest of the event description reads as a promotion of Planned Parenthood and the “services” the organization provides.


Seattle Univ. Hosts Jesuit LGBTQ Activism Conference
4/5/2016
This past weekend, Seattle University hosted the third annual “IgnatianQ” conference, an event for students at Jesuit colleges that featured speakers who oppose Church teaching on human sexuality and marriage in prior years, and promotes involvement in LGBTQ activism as part of living out Jesuit values.

“The weekend will be exploring the boundaries of sexuality, gender and spirituality and how they may affect and limit us all,” the University’s student newspaper, The Spectator, reported. “The hope is that this year’s conference will have more conversation on trans identities, as previous conferences did not place a large focus on gender,” the article later stated.


Gonzaga Must Hire Faithful Catholics to Preserve its Catholic Identity
3/31/2016
Recent articles by notable academics regarding Catholic higher education provide an opportunity for reflection on the direction of Gonzaga’s Catholic identity. Writing in America Magazine, Michael Naughton, Don Briel, and Kenneth E. Goodpaster call on Catholic university faculty and administrators to avoid the temptation to remake their organizations in the image of other academic institutions, but instead to work to maintain “a distinctive Catholic vision, and with that, ultimately, their universities’ true meaning, purpose and unique identity.” Meanwhile, at Catholic World Report, Loyola Marymount University Professor of Philosophy Christopher Kaczor reacts to a recent survey of LMU faculty that raises questions about the Catholic identity of Gonzaga’s sister Jesuit university, questions that should be of concern to the Gonzaga community as well. 


D.C. Archdiocese Paper Rebuffs Georgetown Students’ Free Speech Focus in Richards Scandal
3/31/2016
Following its criticism of Georgetown University’s decision to allow Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) President Cecile Richards to speak on campus in April, an editorial in the Archdiocese of Washington’s Catholic Standard has exposed the flaws in student arguments that defend the decision as a free speech issue but overlook the essential Catholic identity conflict at the heart of the matter.

“The real issue is the invitation itself, and what it says about the values and priorities of some of the students at the nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit-run university, and their lack of respect for Georgetown’s identity and mission,” stated the Catholic Standard, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.


Faculty, Students at Catholic Colleges Defend HHS Mandate in Court Brief
3/18/2016
Included among the briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the HHS contraception/abortifacient/sterilization mandate challenges was an amici curiae brief signed by students and faculty members from several Catholic universities who argued that the mandate is necessary for women’s health, education and professional achievement. The Court will hear oral arguments on the challenges to the mandate on March 23.

The brief was signed by 240 students, faculty and staff at “religious institutions.” All but one of the colleges and universities represented in the brief are Catholic. The faculty members who signed the brief are employed by DePaul University in Chicago, Fordham University, Fordham University School of Law, Georgetown University Law Center and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.


Newman Society President on ‘Free Speech,’ Georgetown Scandal: Richards Promotes ‘Freedom to Kill’
3/11/2016
During a March 10 interview on the Washington, D.C., radio program Mornings on the Mall, Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly addressed Georgetown University’s “free speech” argument for hosting Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards on campus, saying the issue “goes far beyond free speech,” as Richards promotes the “freedom to kill” and has committed “very serious crimes” from a Catholic perspective.

“It’s tragic for Catholics to see this happening at the nation’s oldest Catholic university,” Reilly told the show’s hosts Brian Wilson and Larry O’Connor. “The University has tried to paint this as a free speech issue. But for Cecile Richards, it’s clearly a freedom of abortion issue, the freedom to kill.”

Reilly pointed out that Richards is responsible for the deaths of more than 2.8 million children since taking over as the head of Planned Parenthood in 2006.


Newman Society’s Exposure of Cecile Richards Speech at Georgetown Grabs National Attention
3/11/2016
The Cardinal Newman Society has grabbed national headlines by exposing the latest Catholic identity concern at Georgetown University, a horrendous scandal for the nation’s oldest Catholic university, Newman Society President Patrick Reilly told EWTN News Nightly on Wednesday.

Last Wednesday, the Newman Society broke the news that the student-run Lecture Fund invited Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) President Cecile Richards to speak on campus this April. The Newman Society’s exposure of the event has been highlighted by The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, National Catholic Register, FOX 5 DC,  Breitbart, The Daily Caller, Live Action News, The Hoya, Catholic News Agency, LifeSiteNews and Life News, among others.


Over 7,000 Sign Newman Society Petition to Georgetown in First 24 Hours: 'Say NO to Planned Parenthood President'
3/10/2016
The Cardinal Newman Society’s petition launched on Wednesday morning — “Tell Georgetown: Say NO to Planned Parenthood President” — has gained more than 7,000 signatures in the first 24 hours from those concerned about Georgetown University's scandalous hosting of Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards next month.

Despite her responsibility for the deaths of more than 2.8 million babies at the hands of Planned Parenthood abortionists since taking charge of the organization in 2006, and her constant promotion of positions and activism that directly contradict Catholic Church teaching on the dignity of human life and on human sexuality, the student-run Lecture Fund at Georgetown invited Richards to address students and staff at Georgetown in April. The University defended the invite, citing Georgetown’s commitment to “the free exchange of ideas.”


Georgetown’s Planned Parenthood Event Poses Danger to Students, Ignores USCCB’s Warnings
3/10/2016
Not only is Georgetown University merely glossing over the immense damage Planned Parenthood has inflicted upon young women in the name of “women’s health care,” but its unwillingness to disinvite the president of the nation’s largest abortion provider flies in the face of repeated warnings from the U.S. bishops, who have denounced the organization’s abortion operation, Jim Sedlak, vice president ofAmerican Life League, told The Cardinal Newman Society.

“The Georgetown administration doesn’t seem to care about their students’ souls,”said Sedlak, who is also the founder of Stop Planned Parenthood (STOPP) International. “In their never-ending search for the ‘free exchange of ideas,’ they are abandoning their Catholic responsibilities and exposing their students to sinful lifestyles. In doing so, they are betraying the very identity they claim to cherish.”


Georgetown Students Call University’s Hosting of Planned Parenthood CEO a ‘Slap in the Face’
3/10/2016
Pro-life students at Georgetown University are planning events and demonstrations on campus in protest of the University’s scandalous hosting of Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards next month, saying the event is in direct conflict with Georgetown’s Catholic and Jesuit identity, and is a “slap in the face” from the administration.

“Our school community is a thriving and enriching one — our Jesuit values animate our campus, inspiring us to care for the whole person and celebrate life and all its beauty. The ‘throw away culture,’ in the words of Pope Francis, that Ms. Richards endorses is neither consistent with our values nor our school character,” the student group Georgetown Right to Life said in a statement sent to The Cardinal Newman Society.


How Many Deaths Can You Be Responsible for and Still Speak at Georgetown?
3/9/2016
In covering Georgetown University’s scandalous decision to host Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) President Cecile Richards on campus next month, The Cardinal Newman Society has pointed out again and again that Planned Parenthood has killed more than 2.8 million babies since 2006 when Richards took the helm at the abortion giant — deaths Richards is responsible for as the head of Planned Parenthood.

Over at The Daily Caller last week, I pointed out that the U.K. publication the Daily Mail put together a list a few years ago of the 36 most murderous dictators of the 20th century ordered by the number of deaths tied to their rule. Obviously these men didn’t personally go out and commit all these murders, but they were ultimately in charge of those who did, so they are credited with the death tolls of their regimes.

Using the same logic, we can say that Richards is responsible for the millions of abortions committed by Planned Parenthood employees, but she is never associated with that horrific statistic when she appears on television or is quoted in the press.


Diocesan Newspaper Slams Georgetown for Hosting Planned Parenthood CEO
3/9/2016
The Catholic Standard, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Washington, excoriated Georgetown University in an editorial published online Tuesday calling the welcoming of Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards “deeply offensive and heart-rending,” “antithetical to the mission and Catholic identity” of the University, and an act that casts a shadow of the “culture of death” on the institution.

In a post titled “For Georgetown University, an unworthy speaking invitation,” the editors wrote: “Giving a forum to the head of a group that is the nation’s largest facilitator of abortion and that this past year has been embroiled in a controversy over some of its officials casually discussing the sale of the body parts of aborted fetuses, is antithetical to the mission and Catholic identity of Georgetown University, the nation’s first Catholic university, which was founded in 1789.”


Newman Society Launches Petition to Tell Georgetown: ‘Say NO to Planned Parenthood President’
3/9/2016
The Cardinal Newman Society has been on top of the latest scandal at Georgetown University from the very beginning. We broke the news last Wednesday that the student-run Lecture Fund invited Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) President Cecile Richards to speak on campus this April. Georgetown’s administration responded the next day defending the invite to Richards, citing the “free exchange of ideas.” ...

Today, the Newman Society is taking the lead in responding to this scandal by calling on concerned Americans across the country to register their protest of our nation’s oldest Catholic university allowing a person responsible for the deaths of over 2.8 million babies to have free reign in spouting anti-Catholic, anti-life propaganda on Georgetown’s campus.

The Newman Society is calling on Georgetown to formally rescind the invitation to Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards, and restore its Catholic identity and fidelity, “which have been diminished and even scorned in recent decades.” Please sign the petition today at www.georgetownscandal.com“Tell Georgetown: Say NO to Planned Parenthood President”


Pro-Life Leaders Respond to Scandalous Georgetown Invite of Planned Parenthood CEO
3/8/2016
The leaders of several national pro-life organizations were extremely critical of the administration of Georgetown University in statements published today over Georgetown’s defense of allowing Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards to speak on campus in April.

The Newman Society broke the news on March 2 that the Lecture Fund at Georgetown invited Richards to campus. The Lecture Fund “is a non-partisan student-run organization that exists to enrich the academic experience of the Georgetown community,” according to the group’s website. “The Lecture Fund strives to bring speakers to Georgetown’s campus to enlighten, educate and, occasionally, entertain.” Richards is not being paid to speak.

The University issued a statement the next day defending its decision to allow Richards to speak on campus, citing Georgetown’s commitment to “the free exchange of ideas.”


Card. Napier on Richards Invite: Georgetown Committed to ‘Political Correctness’ Rather Than Fidelity to the Church
3/7/2016
South African Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, OFM, took to Twitter to criticize the administration of Georgetown University for inviting Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) President Cecile Richards to speak on campus this April, and said students and staff should take a firm stance in defense of life.

The Cardinal Newman Society broke the news on March 2 that the Lecture Fund at Georgetown invited Richards to campus. The Lecture Fund “is a non-partisan student-run organization that exists to enrich the academic experience of the Georgetown community. The Lecture Fund strives to bring speakers to Georgetown’s campus to enlighten, educate and, occasionally, entertain.” The next day, the Universityissued a statement defending its decision to allow Richards to speak on campus citing Georgetown’s commitment to “the free exchange of ideas.”


Archdiocese: Georgetown Invite of Richards Reflects Campus Environment Lacking ‘Morality, Ethics and Human Decency’
3/7/2016
In a statement sent to The Cardinal Newman Society Monday night, the Archdiocese of Washington responded to the controversy surrounding the invite of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) President Cecile Richards to speak to students and staff at Georgetown University next month, criticizing the invitation and what it suggests about the campus culture at the nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university.

The Newman Society broke the news on March 2 that the Lecture Fund at Georgetown invited Richards to campus. The Lecture Fund “is a non-partisan student-run organization that exists to enrich the academic experience of the Georgetown community. The Lecture Fund strives to bring speakers to Georgetown’s campus to enlighten, educate and, occasionally, entertain.”


Georgetown Defends Hosting Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards
3/3/2016
The Cardinal Newman Society broke the news yesterday that the Lecture Fund at Georgetown University invited Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) President Cecile Richards to campus this April. The University defended its decision to allow Richards to speak on campus in a statement released today citing Georgetown’s commitment to “the free exchange of ideas.”

“As the nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university, Georgetown University is proud to be a university that deeply values our faith tradition and that encourages the free exchange of ideas,” according to the statement. “We respect our students’ right to express their personal views and are committed to sustaining a forum for the free exchange of ideas, even when those ideas may be difficult, controversial or objectionable to some.”

“They said the same thing when Larry Flynt and Barack Obama spoke at Georgetown,” Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly told CNSNews.com in response to Georgetown’s statement. “Besides a clear bias in the choice of speakers, there’s no sense of moral truth, which is the central point of a Catholic university. Either you accept Catholic moral teaching as true or you do not. In the case of Georgetown, they simply do not.


BREAKING: Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards to Speak at Georgetown
3/2/2016
The Lecture Fund at Georgetown University is planning to host Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) President Cecile Richards on campus this April, The Cardinal Newman Society has learned.

“This is the latest in a long history of scandal at Georgetown University,” said Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly. “Disguised as an academic event, this is nothing more than a platform for abortion advocacy at a Catholic university and under the nose of the Catholic bishops, featuring a wicked woman who defends the sale of baby body parts and is responsible for the deaths of millions of aborted children.”

The student chairperson of the Lecture Fund confirmed via an email to the Newman Society that Richards will speak at Georgetown in April, but said a final decision has yet to be made on the exact date and speaking topic. The format is also still being decided, but the Lecture Fund is planning a 30 minute question and answer session as part of the event. However, the event will not be open to the public. Only invited guests and media, and those with a Georgetown University identification card will be allowed to attend.


Pro-Abortion White House Staffer Hosted at Boston College
3/1/2016
This past weekend, Boston College hosted Tina Tchen, assistant to President Barack Obama and chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, despite her heavy involvement in abortion advocacy in direct contradiction to the moral teachings of the Catholic Church.

Sponsored by the College’s Graduate Student Association (GSA), the event was billed as an opportunity for students to hear about Tchen’s “experiences within the White House, the work she does for the advancement of women and children, and the challenges she has faced as both a woman and person of color in her career.”

The student newspaper, The Heights, reported that Tchen spoke to Boston College students “about several key progressive and social issues that are currently unfolding inside the White House under the Obama administration.”


Seattle Univ. Students Advertise Planned Parenthood Campus Event Using Image of Rosary with IUD
2/25/2016
An unofficial student group at Seattle University is hosting an on-campus event this evening on reproduction and healthcare that will feature a Planned Parenthood employee, and flyers of the event posted around campus include a sacrilegious image of a Rosary with the crucifix replaced by an intrauterine device, a type of hormonal contraceptive inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. 

The event, “Catholicism and Full Spectrum Reproductive Healthcare: One Physician’s Perspective,” is hosted by Seattle Nursing Students for Sexual and Reproductive Justice (Seattle NSSRJ), an unofficial group of graduate students at Seattle University. 

In the image of the distressing flyer provided to The Cardinal Newman Society, a stamp of approval from the Center for Student Involvement is visible in the lower right hand corner, indicating that the flyer was approved by the University to be distributed on campus.


SLU Professor Approves of Students Volunteering at NARAL for Course Credit
2/25/2016
An adjunct professor in the Women’s Studies Program at Saint Louis University (SLU) reportedly approved of students in one of her classes at the Jesuit institution volunteering for course credit at the Missouri affiliate of NARAL Pro-Choice America, an organization that lobbies for legal abortion across the country.

SLU Adjunct Professor Candis Bond is teaching a course this semester called “Politics of the Street” that requires students to complete 12-15 hours of volunteer work relating to the material covered in class. The course focuses on “street harassment and street violence as oppressive and harmful spatial practices. We will debunk many myths about street harassment, including the notion that it is mere flirtation, that it is harmless, that it only happens to attractive young women, and that victims’ dress or other identity factors make it acceptable,” according to the course description


‘Digital Transgender Archive’ at Catholic College Promotes Social Justice, Fits Jesuit Mission, Says Professor
2/24/2016
The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass, recently launched its Digital Transgender Archive (DTA), a collection of transgender-related historical materials that the Holy Cross professor who directs the project argues fits within the College’s Jesuit mission by helping to promote “social justice.”

“As our mission statement successfully captures, Holy Cross encourages every member of our community to be passionate about truth, promote social justice and foster dialog in order to more deeply understand and respect diverse experiences,” Dr. K.J. Rawson, an assistant professor in the English department at the College, said in a news post this month on the Holy Cross website. “The DTA will further these qualities by counteracting negative and hurtful stereotypes of transgender people with more truthful and historically informed representations.”


Catholic Law School Professors: Abortion Needed for ‘Personal or Professional Success’
2/19/2016
Two professors representing the law schools of Marquette University and Georgetown University, along with a Georgetown Law student, joined 110 female attorneys in signing an amicus curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in which the women argued that they would not have been able to achieve “personal or professional successes” in life “were it not for their ability to obtain safe and legal abortions.”

Lisa A. Mazzie, professor of legal writing at Marquette University Law School, and Jill Morrison, executive director of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program and visiting professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, signed onto the brief submitted last month in support of abortionists in Texas in the case Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, which will be argued before the Supreme Court n March. Both of the professors listed their place of employment at the Catholic law schools when signing the brief.


SLU President Backs Pro-Abortion, Pro-Contraception Student Group
2/18/2016
A chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) at the Saint Louis University (SLU) School of Law has the backing of University President Dr. Fred Pestello despite the group’s public advocacy for abortion and contraception.

In a letter penned last month obtained by The Cardinal Newman Society, Pestello said he has “personally met with the student representatives of LSRJ” and finds them to be “mature, thoughtful and appreciative of the importance of Catholic moral and ethical teachings for our mission.” He also stated that the students “have been primarily concerned with issues related to the abuse of children and women’s health.”

But a review of the group’s Facebook page revealed numerous examples of public advocacy for legalized abortion and contraception in direct conflict with the moral and ethical teachings of the Church.


New Student Organization at Georgetown Law Defends Life, Hosts Panel on Legal Rights of Mother and Child
2/18/2016
A new pro-life student organization at Georgetown University Law Center is filling a void in the law school community by supporting legal advocacy for pro-life issues, and the organization’s founder and president, Lindsey Keiser, told The Cardinal Newman Society that its inaugural event will focus on the legal rights of the preborn, mothers and pro-life advocates.

The event, “Mother and Child: Panel Discussion on the Legal Rights of Pregnant Women, the Preborn, and Pro-Life Advocates,” will take place on February 19 at Georgetown Law. Keiser told the Newman Society that such an event “is particularly needed within the legal community so that pro-life topics are presented by experts, informing people about their rights as parents and as advocates, and inspiring lawyers to confidently and actively call for the protection of life.”


Newman Society Raises Concerns About Fordham Professor Pushing Abortion Before SCOTUS
2/18/2016
Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly is calling attention to the many scandals caused at Catholic colleges that don’t hire adjunct faculty in support of their religious mission after the National Catholic Register discovered an adjunct law professor at the Jesuit-run Fordham University will be arguing in support of abortionists before the U.S. Supreme Court this March.

“Many Catholic colleges expect little of their professors in advancing a Catholic mission, but the expectations are even lower for adjuncts,” Reilly told the Register this week. “Usually, it’s simply a matter of having no clear understanding and appreciation for Catholic teaching and practice, but we’ve also seen serious scandals.”


Justice Scalia Embraced as ‘Son of Georgetown’ by University President, Called ‘Bigot’ by Professors
2/17/2016
The late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was an outspoken critic of his alma mater Georgetown University’s failure to protect its Catholic identity, but the University seemed to ignore those criticisms and has continued to support campus efforts that disregard Church teaching. Now the University administration is touting Scalia’s legacy and embracing him as a “son of Georgetown,” while faculty are accusing him of “bigotry” and are expressing joy in Scalia’s passing.

“When I was at Georgetown, it was a very Catholic place. It’s not anymore — and that’s too bad,” Scalia famously said when speaking to college students in October 2013. He posed the question to the students, “What has happened to Catholic universities, that they would lose their reason for being?”


Justice Scalia Addressed First Newman Society Conference, Defended Faithful Catholic Education
2/16/2016
Almost 20 years after headlining The Cardinal Newman Society’s first national conference in Washington, D.C., the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is being remembered as a devout Catholic and a great public defender of faithful Catholic education.

At the Newman Society conference in October 1997, Scalia urged Catholic colleges to retain their religious identity and boldly challenge the relativism and secularism of modern society.

“The American landscape is strewn with colleges and universities, many of them the finest academically in the land, that were once denominational, but in principle or practice no longer are,” he said. “With foolish sectarian pride I thought that could never happen to Catholic institutions. Of course I was wrong. We started later, but we are on the same road.”


Georgetown Professors Push Abortion and Contraception as Response to Zika
2/5/2016
Two Georgetown University law professors posted an article on a University website this week calling on the World Health Organization (WHO) to recommend birth control and abortion as means of responding to the Zika virus outbreak in South America in order to “truly respect the dignity and health of women of childbearing age.”

On Georgetown University’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law blog website, Lawrence O. Gostin, faculty director of the O’Neill Institute and university professor at Georgetown, and Alexandra Phelan, an adjunct professor in global health law and doctoral researcher with the O’Neill Institute, published an article Monday titled “The WHO Must Include Access to Birth Control and Abortion in its Temporary Recommendations for Zika-Associated Public Health Emergency of International Concern.”


Georgetown Students Drive Pro-Life Efforts Without University Support
2/1/2016
Georgetown University students who attended last week’s March for Life in Washington, D.C., recently told The Cardinal Newman Society that student groups at the University are finding success in driving pro-life outreach and discussion on campus despite the University’s lack of support for their events and activities, or for Church teaching on life issues.

“I think that given a campus culture that's often hostile to pro-life views, it's extremely helpful that there exists organizations like Georgetown Right to Life,” Michael Khan, president of the student-run Right to Life group, told the Newman Society. “With contraceptives allowed in dorms and faculty members who hold views diametrically opposed to Church teaching, I can totally understand why many students on campus feel exiled for their pro-life views.”


Loyola Chicago Faculty Union Debates Escalate, Students Question University’s Social Justice Commitment
1/29/2016
During the same week that faculty elected to form a union under the unconstitutional oversight of the National Relations Labor Board (NLBR), Loyola University of Chicago sanctioned its student government for a demonstration in favor of higher wages for unionized workers, again calling into question how Catholic colleges should handle issues of unionization and social justice.

“One of the common refrains of the protesters and their supporters is that the administration’s actions are hypocritical. The four students say they are being punished for following the very social justice values the university taught them in the first place,” In These Timesreported.


Loyola Marymount Professor Predicts University Will Lose its Catholic Identity 'Within a Generation'
1/18/2016
Loyola Marymount University’s (LMU) Catholic identity will disappear in a matter of years if administrators continue the current and dangerous trajectory towards secularization by not hiring faithful Catholic professors, according to Dr. Christopher Kaczor, a professor of philosophy at the University.

“It is magical thinking to believe LMU is immune from losing its identity. To do nothing, to continue the status quo of religious indifferentism in hiring, is to eventually join the list of formerly Catholic institutions. Higher education does not need one more flavor of vanilla,” Kaczor wrote in an article on Catholic World Report explaining LMU’s dilemma.

“My prediction is that the process of secularization will be completed within a generation,” he stated.


Faithful Catholicism Dependent on Catholic Colleges, Says New York Times Columnist
1/12/2016
An address by New York Times columnist Ross Douthat recently published on First Things touched on the formative role that Catholic universities play in shaping the next generation in the faith and argued that many Jesuit institutions have kowtowed to “liberal Catholicism” over the years, thereby neglecting their duty to instill authentic Catholic faith.

Douthat’s address, “A Crisis of Conservative Catholicism,” given at First Things’ 28th Erasmus Lecture this past October, detailed the tension between “conservative Catholicism” and “liberal Catholicism,” which he said often aligns with popular social mores and demands change from the Church on varying cultural issues. The “liberal” view of Catholicism, argued Douthat, has a history of taking root in Catholic universities, with negative consequences for the faithful.


NLRB Rules Faculty at yet Another Catholic College Have No Role in Religious Mission
1/7/2016
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) argued in a ruling last week that Loyola University Chicago (LUC) does not hold out many of its faculty as being important to its religious mission and asserted authority over employee relations at the University, continuing a series of rulings questioning the Catholic identity of Catholic colleges and universities.

According to the ruling from NLRB regional director Peter Sung Ohr, LUC failed to meet any of the requirements that would exempt the University from its jurisdiction. “I find that the Board has jurisdiction in this matter because the evidence does not demonstrate that the University holds out the petitioned-for faculty members as performing a specific role in creating or maintaining the University’s religious educational environment,” he wrote.


Catholic Identity at Colleges Cannot Be Ranked by Secular Benchmarks
12/18/2015
A recent Newsmax list of “top” Catholic colleges illustrates the confusion that can arise when attempting to rank Catholic colleges by mixing matters of the faith with secular standards, such as academic statistics, and should serve as a reminder that a college’s Catholic identity must be of paramount concern, argued The Cardinal Newman Society’s Adam Wilson, managing editor of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.

The Newsmax guide ranked 40 “traditional Catholic and Jesuit colleges in America,” and noted in the description of the guide that some students prioritize faith as “the defining factor in deciding where to earn an education.” However, the description goes on to list “subjective criteria” used in compiling the rankings “such as legacy and influence, along with quantifiable measurements like class size, student-to-faculty ratio, and student retention rates.”

While these aspects can be helpful in discerning which college to attend, Wilson warned that they could not accurately reveal a college’s Catholic identity.


Marquette Changes Restroom Signs for Transgender Students and Guests, Blasted by Alumni Group
12/10/2015
Marquette University in Milwaukee is currently in the process of implementing gender-neutral restrooms on the ground floor of residence buildings to accommodate individuals who consider themselves transgender, a move which has prompted a Marquette Catholic renewal alumni group to question the University’s devotion to maintaining its Catholic identity.

“Marquette has, once again, decided to mock the faith upon which it was founded,” the Louis Joliet Society, an alumni group dedicated to restoring and preserving Marquette’s Catholic identity, said in a statement on its website.

“The Church and Pope Francis have repeatedly decried gender ideology as destructive to souls, yet here we have a Catholic university pandering to that ideology,” Mary Jarvis, a member of the Louis Joliet Society, said in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society.


Catholic Colleges in Trojan Condom Report Challenged to Defend Church Teaching
11/30/2015
Catholic colleges have a moral obligation to defend the dignity of all human life and should ensure that their sexual health resources do not contradict Church teaching, Brother Ignatius Perkins, O.P., director of health services for the Dominican Friars, Province of St. Joseph, and former dean of the School of Nursing at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn., told The Cardinal Newman Society.

In early November, the annual Sexual Health Report Card released by condom-maker Trojan ranked 140 major campuses "drawn from conferences within the [college football] Bowl Championship Series and beyond. These schools include students representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia."



Did Pope Francis Say ‘Don’t Proselytize’?
11/25/2015
Catholic education, done rightly, is a special and important means of evangelization, the mission of the Church. It brings young people to Christ and provides for the integral formation of mind, body and soul. 

And so, judging from the reaction that I have been hearing from some parents and educators, there is a bit of consternation over Pope Francis’ strong words last week against “proselytism” in Catholic schools. My colleagues from The Cardinal Newman Society who were present for the Holy Father’s conversation with educators — part of the World Congress on Education, a Vatican conference to address the “educational emergency” that leaves young people ignorant of Christ — also noted the Holy Father’s words with some concern.


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