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Catholic College to Honor Leader of Pro-Abortion Groups Amid Protest of Cardinal Dolan
5/15/2015
The Cardinal Newman Society has discovered that the Jesuit Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., will honor at Sunday’s commencement ceremony—alongside Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York—human rights activist Lois Whitman, who works for a pro-abortion group and serves on the boards of two pro-abortion organizations.

But several hundred students and faculty are protesting the Cardinal, not Whitman—and the College president has praised the protest, which labels Cardinal Dolan “homophobic,” as a reason for “celebration.”

A petition at Change.org asks Le Moyne College to rescind its invitation to Cardinal Dolan to deliver Sunday’s commencement address and receive an honorary degree. The petition has reached 709 signatures and was organized by students, alumni and “some members of the faculty,” Le Moyne President Linda Le Mura told FOX News on Thursday.

The petition states that “the graduating class of 2015 and the graduates, along with staff and other students, do not approve of this choice.” It goes on to claim, without evidence, that Cardinal Dolan has made “homophobic comments and does not represent the ideals we have come to know Le Moyne to represent.”


Georgetown, Obama Use Poverty Summit to Distract from Religious Freedom, Abortion
5/15/2015
Religious freedom is at the core of the critical debates—education, marriage, family—in our society today. However, this is exactly what Georgetown University and President Barack Obama appeared to be undercutting during the President’s visit on Tuesday to a “Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty” on Georgetown’s Jesuit campus in Washington, D.C.

“The Catholic Church, through her teaching and the statements of Pope Francis, has very important things to say about poverty,” said Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly. “But instead of focusing on how Catholic and Evangelical Christian insights can inform American policy—the stated purpose of last week’s conference—the Georgetown organizers used the event as a platform for President Obama to distract religious voters from his violations of religious freedom and push a political agenda.”

Although key religious leaders were invited to speak at the summit, including Bishop Jaime Soto of the controversial Catholic Campaign for Human Development, media coverage and Georgetown’s own public promotion of the event focused on President Obama’s argument that poverty issues should constitute a more vital role for Christians in America—apparently more vital than issues of religious freedom and human life.

Catholic and other Christian groups including the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Charities USA, Bread for the World, World Vision, the Salvation Army, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Sojourners were invited to be “partners” in the conference, but it was President Obama whose views were promoted by Georgetown.

“This may sound self-interested,” Obama acknowledged to the Catholicand Evangelical participants. “[T]here are issues where we have had disagreements around reproductive issues, or same-sex marriage, or what have you. And so maybe it appears advantageous for me to want to focus on these issues of poverty, and not as much on these other issues.”


Jesuit Editors Oppose High Tuition, Ignore Expense of Jesuit Colleges
5/14/2015
Catholic schools have a particular duty to provide affordable education to all students, according to a recent editorial in the Jesuit magazine America, yet statistics show that Jesuit colleges are among the most expensive in the United States.

Exorbitant tuition costs and subsequent student loan debts cause crippling setbacks for young people just out of school, the Americaeditors argue. “Many students opt out of attending a college because they cannot afford tuition costs and fees; others do not see a four-year degree as a significant reason to overburden themselves with student loans,” the editors note.

“Catholic colleges… have a special responsibility to offer affordable education for low-income students,” the editorial continues. Although most Catholic colleges provide substantial tuition discounts and participate in federal student aid programs, the editors are critical of the growing reliance on student debt to pay rising tuition costs.

However, as previously reported by The Cardinal Newman Society, a 2012-13 study from the Chronicle of Higher Education found that Jesuit institutions made up more than half of the 19 Catholic colleges that charged $50,000 or more for full-time undergraduate tuition, fees and room charges.


Georgetown Honors Abortion Advocates at Commencement Ceremonies
5/8/2015
Despite the U.S. bishops’ policy banning Catholic honors topeople who publicly oppose Catholic teaching, Georgetown University will honor two prominent advocates for legal abortion at its graduation ceremonies next week, The Cardinal Newman Society has discovered.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will address the graduating class of the School of Foreign Service on May 16, and he will receive an honorary doctorate. He is a vocal advocate for universal access to abortion and contraception around the world.

Last May, Pope Francis met with Ban Ki-moon and other U.N. leaders to press for respect for human life, insisting that “life is sacred and inviolable from conception to natural death.” But in September, Ban Ki-moon publicly reiterated his support for “the importance of sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights,” quoting a Filipino woman who said, “A woman should have the right to choose how many children she wants. It’s a basic human right.” The U.N. has consistently defined “reproductive health” to include abortion as well as contraceptives.


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.


Most Catholic College Alumni in House of Representatives Vote for Abortion
4/14/2015

Catholic colleges and law schools can proudly claim 65 alumni in the U.S. House of Representatives—which amounts to 15 percent of the House, about double the Catholic share of four-year colleges in the United States. But The Cardinal Newman Society has found that more than half of these Catholic college alumni—38 in total—have records on abortion that should mortify their alma maters. 

Most of them are rated 100 percent by pro-abortion organizations such as the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) and Planned Parenthood. The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) has rated many of them at zero percent on important life issues. 

Of the 38 total representatives with scandalous records, 27 attended Jesuit institutions. More than a quarter of them, a total of 11, attended Georgetown University.



Boston College Convinces Campus Store to Reshelve 50 Shades of Grey despite Student Complaints
3/18/2015
The scandalous Fifty Shades of Grey novels are back on the shelves of the Boston College campus bookstore after the Jesuit institution reportedly “urged the company to reconsider its decision” to remove the books following student complaints about their inappropriateness, according to a report from The Boston Globe.

The story of Fifty Shades of Grey is described by Life Site News as “the tale of a sado-masochistic sexual relationship between a young, vulnerable student, Anastasia, and an older billionaire, Christian Grey.” The original novel was published in 2011 and the movie adaptation was released earlier this year. The book’s two sequels were published in 2012, and movies are planned for both. Life Site reported that critics “have described the book as misogynistic, pornographic, exploitative, sexually violent, and anti-romance.”

The Boston College bookstore—run by college bookseller Follet Corp.—removed the pornographic novels from its shelves, according to a report from March 12. When asked why the books were initially removed, bookstore director Tina Plotegher told Boston College’s student newspaper, The Heights, that some students “didn’t believe the University should be promoting a book that goes against Catholic religion.”


Jesuit U. Hosts Event for Group Protesting Efforts to Strengthen San Francisco Catholic Schools
3/17/2015
The University of San Francisco hosted a forum on March 16 sponsored by a group actively petitioning against Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s efforts to fortify Catholic identity in Archdiocese of San Francisco Catholic schools.


Theologian Who Claimed Church Teaching Changes to Deliver Prominent Gonzaga Lecture
3/13/2015
Dr. Jeannine Hill Fletcher, a theology professor at Fordham University who has suggested that Church teaching on homosexuality can change, will headline Gonzaga University’s 39th annual Flannery Lecture on March 19, despite the expressed concerns of alumni.


Catholic College Holds Line on No Abortion Coverage while Planned Parenthood Protests
3/12/2015
In response to the University of Scranton’s decision to fortify its Catholic identity by ending all abortion coverage in insurance plans, Planned Parenthood and Concerned Clergy for Choice staged a protest a few blocks from the University’s campus, according to The Times-Tribune.


Creighton Theology Prof. Wants Church to Be Morally Neutral toward Homosexuality
3/10/2015
A professor of theology at Creighton University was recently quoted in the student newspaper and described as recommending “more morally neutral” language in the Catholic Church regarding homosexuality. The article made no mention of Church teaching.


Former Georgetown Law Instructor Pleads Guilty to Voyeurism, Awaiting Sentence
3/10/2015
A former instructor at Georgetown University Law School, Rabbi Barry Freundel, recently pled guilty to 52 counts of misdemeanor voyeurism and will face sentencing in May. A lawsuit which implicated Georgetown for turning “a blind eye” is reportedly still pending.


Ghanaian Bishops Encourage Catholic Schools to Maintain Traditions, Practices
3/9/2015
Bishop Joseph Osei-Bonsu of Konongo-Mampong in Ghana, along with the other Ghanaian bishops, is defending the Catholic identity of Catholic schools in the face of threats to their religious freedom.


NLRB Rules against Seattle U., Claims Lack of Catholic Identity in Faculty Responsibilities
3/4/2015
The Seattle office of the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Seattle University cannot claim a religious exemption from the board’s oversight because no evidence was found that individual faculty members are responsible for furthering the University’s Catholic mission.


Fordham Students Encouraging Use of ‘Gender Fluid’ Language
3/3/2015
A group of students at Fordham University is requiring students to use “gender fluid” language and corrects those who fail to do so. The Jesuit university has continued to allow such groups to operate on campus despite views contrary to Church teaching on gender identity.


Fordham Students Announce ‘Sexual Health Network’ for Contraceptive Distribution
3/2/2015
An unofficial student organization at Fordham University, which has been petitioning the administration to forfeit its Catholic identity by allowing student access to contraceptives on campus, among other demands, has plans to launch a “sexual health network” for students.


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.


Almost Quarter of Students Smoke Pot, but Jesuit Univ. Fails to Address Catholic Teaching
2/26/2015
Campus policies prohibiting marijuana were recently addressed at Seattle University, where nearly a quarter of students reportedly use the drug. However, Catholic teaching on the immorality of drug use was apparently absent from the discussion.


Planned Parenthood Charges ‘Cruel Indifference’ after Jesuit Univ. Scraps Abortion Coverage
2/24/2015
Planned Parenthood is attacking the University of Scranton following its announcement that—in line with the Jesuit university’s Catholic identity—faculty and staff health care would no longer include coverage for abortion in cases of rape, incest, and for the mother’s life.


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.


New Marquette Provost Chaired Dept. Sponsoring V-Monologues at Notre Dame
2/18/2015
Dr. Daniel Myers has been named Marquette University’s next provost, according to a University announcement. However, while Myers worked at the University of Notre Dame, the department under his direction sponsored the lewd play The Vagina Monologues.


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


Most Catholic Colleges Hosting ‘V-Monologues’ in 2015 Are Jesuit Institutions
2/9/2015
At least eight Catholic colleges and universities will be hosting performances of The Vagina Monologues or have student groups putting on the play in 2015, The Cardinal Newman Society has discovered. This year, six of the eight Catholic institutions are affiliated with the Jesuits.


‘Mission Day’ at Jesuit Univ. Puts Happy Face on Institutional Schizophrenia, Says Prof
2/6/2015
Loyola Marymount professor Dr. James Hanink expressed concern to The Cardinal Newman Society that the University has merely taken a cosmetic approach to its Catholic identity and failed to address recent scandals that endanger the University’s mission.


Negative Reactions to Catholic Values at Marquette No Surprise, Says Former Prof
2/2/2015
An emeritus professor of philosophy at Marquette University, Dr. Howard Kainz, wrote that the disciplining of Dr. John McAdams was "shameful" and "strange," particularly in light of Marquette's Catholic identity.


Students Protest Pro-Life Conference at Georgetown
1/28/2015
The 16th annual Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life, held last weekend by pro-life groups at Georgetown University, was met with protests from the unofficial student group H*yas for Choice, according to The Hoya.


Marquette Prof. McAdams Still Banned, but Gets Support from Surprising Corner
1/27/2015
In an ironic twist, Marquette professor Dr. Daniel Maguire has reportedly sent a letter to the University defending Dr. John McAdams following Marquette’s sudden action banning McAdams from campus.


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.


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.


Planned Parenthood, NARAL Join Fordham Students in Demanding Contraceptives
1/20/2015
Students for Sex and Gender Equality and Safety (SAGES), an unofficial student group at Fordham University that has petitioned for student access to contraceptives on campus, was joined at a rally last semester by representatives from pro-abortion organizations.


Same-Sex Marriage Advocate George Takei Featured at Boston College
1/19/2015
Boston College’s Robsham Theater recently featured George Takei, an actor and same-sex marriage advocate, according to The Heights. The article made no mention of whether Catholic teaching on human sexuality was integrated into the event.


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.


Pope Francis Encourages Seattle Univ. President to Provide Witness to Faith for Students
1/7/2015
Seattle University President Father Stephen Sundborg, S.J. recently met with Pope Francis in the Vatican. Fr. Sundborg related to the Pope the problem of relativism on campus and the Holy Father responded with advice including encouragement to provide a witness to the faith.


Pope Sends Condolences on Passing of Former Congregation of Catholic Ed. Secretary
12/31/2014
Archbishop Giuseppe Pittau, a Jesuit who served in several Catholic education capacities throughout the Church, died on December 26 in Tokyo at the age of 86. Pope Francis sent a personal telegram to the Jesuits praising the archbishop and offering his condolences.


Fordham Univ. Seeks ‘Room for Compromise’ With Condom Advocates
12/19/2014
Faced with pressure from an unofficial student group to provide free condoms and on-campus access to birth control, Fordham University officials have opened a “dialogue” with advocates while continuing to assert the Jesuit university’s Catholic identity.


Marquette Prof. McAdams Points to Blog in Support of Catholic Identity as Cause of Suspension
12/18/2014
Marquette University professor John McAdams indicated that an article on his blog—which exposes Catholic identity scandals at the university—is likely the cause of his suspension. The Cardinal Newman Society spoke with McAdams in an exclusive interview today.


‘Schools of Excellence’ Offer Strong Catholic Identity, Unique Opportunities for Students
12/17/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society spoke to leaders of six Catholic schools recognized by the Newman Society's Catholic Education Honor Roll as “Schools of Excellence” to showcase the uniqueness and strengths offered at different Schools of Excellence.


Creighton President Falsely Claims to Follow Christ in Same-Sex Benefits
12/10/2014
The president of Creighton University missed the true meaning of Christ’s instruction to welcome all people, when he used that teaching as justification to offer employment benefits to same-sex partners of employees, writes Father Paul Scalia at The Catholic Thing.


Fairfield Hosts President of U.S. Fund for UNICEF
12/5/2014
Fairfield University recently hosted the president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Caryl Stern, for the Jesuit university’s annual Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lectureship, despite UNICEF’s ties to the promotion of abortion and contraception.


Scott Hahn Recommends Graduate Programs in Theology
11/25/2014
Dr. Scott Hahn recently spoke with The Cardinal Newman Society about his recommendations and advice for students considering an advanced degree in theology.


Franciscan University Symposium: True Catholic Identity Requires ‘Commitment to Faith’
11/21/2014
Franciscan University of Steubenville hosted Fr. Ryan, a past Mount St. Mary’s University professor who currently leads the USCCB’s Secretariat of Doctrine and Canonical Affairs, as one of the four speakers at its “Freedom and Fidelity” symposium last weekend.


St. Louis U. Gives Students ‘Protest Prep’ ahead of Possible Ferguson Riots
11/19/2014
Officials at Saint Louis University sent an email to students with public demonstration advice in expectation of the potential unrest that might occur after the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury decision, according to The College Fix.


Marquette Professor Raises Concerns over University’s Version of ‘Social Justice’
11/12/2014
A Marquette University professor recently raised concerns about the way the concept of social justice is typically understood at Marquette.


Students Mimic Lewd Sexual Behavior Prior to ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ at Jesuit USF
11/7/2014
Students at the University of San Francisco recently performed a rendition of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Jesuit University, according to the San Francisco Foghorn. The performance was reportedly accompanied by students mimicking sexually promiscuous behavior on stage.


Marquette Offering ‘LGBTQ and allied community’ Masses Throughout Academic Year
10/30/2014
Marquette University held its first “LGBTQ and allied community Mass” of the 2014-15 academic year on campus on October 22, according to the University event page. A group of alumni is questioning whether Catholic teaching on sexual morality will be shared at the Masses.


Georgetown Univ. Celebrates ‘LGBTQ History Month’ with ‘OUTober’
10/29/2014
Georgetown University’s LGBTQ Resource Center and GU Pride are currently holding “OUTober,” an ongoing event celebrating “LGBTQ History Month,” according to The Hoya. This year’s OUTober featured a “coming out day” and a lecture from a transgender activist.


Archbishop Lucas Disappointed by Creighton’s Decision to Offer Same-Sex Benefits
10/28/2014
Archbishop George Lucas issued a statement in response to Creighton University’s decision to “offer benefits to same-sex spouses of employees,” noting his disappointment in the University’s decision and its failure to provide a proper example of Catholic teaching.


Loyola Chicago Approves Pagan Student Club on Campus
10/27/2014
Loyola University Chicago (LUC) has recognized a student group on campus which was recently described as the Loyola Student Pagan Alliance, but is now approved under the name Indigenous Faith Tradition Alliance, according to College Fix.


Loyola University Chicago to Host Annual Drag Show
10/21/2014
Loyola University Chicago (LUC) will be hosting its 8th Annual Drag Show on campus this week, according to an official student organization’s Facebook page. The event, hosted by LUC’s “LGBTQIA” student group Advocate, is part of “LGBTQIA Heritage Month.”


Pope Comments on How Universities Can Encourage Dialogue between Faith and Reason
10/17/2014
Pope Francis recently sent a message to the Italian Catholic University Federation, according to Vatican Information Service, conveying the importance of its work in universities with three words: study, research, and frontier.


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