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SPECIAL REPORT: 20 Catholic Colleges Sponsor Chapters of Pro-Abortion Amnesty International
1/21/2016
Although known for its long history of fighting human rights abuses, Amnesty International has become a world leader in pushing for legalized abortion and gay marriage, establishing themselves as an opponent of the Catholic Church. But research conducted by The Cardinal Newman Society found that 20 Catholic colleges and six Catholic law schools sponsor active student chapters of Amnesty International despite the organization’s anti-Catholic activism worldwide.

“While there is still much ignorance about Amnesty International’s radical swing toward abortion advocacy, we are informing Catholic educators and urging them to refrain from any cooperation with the organization,” said Newman Society President Patrick Reilly.

Historically, Amnesty International (AI) maintained a neutral stance on abortion, but in 2007 the group’s executive board announced that the organization would support abortion in certain situations.


Catholic Education Before the Texas Bar
1/20/2016
In the fall of 2015, the Catholic Lawyers Guild and the Christian Legal Society of San Antonio, Texas, persuaded St. Mary’s University School of Law to conduct the first-ever Christian Legal Perspectives seminar for attorneys in the San Antonio area. Our goal was modest and seemingly noncontroversial: to reinforce the need to consider the moral and religious implications inherent in their legal practices in the 30 or so Texas attorneys who might attend (I also invited the 50 law students in my Catholic Legal Perspectives class).

For example, we thought it important to remind attorneys who are asked to handle divorce cases that our religious view of the sanctity of marriage might result in attorneys referring potential divorce clients to faith-based counseling that might preserve the marriage. We hoped to reach a modest audience on a one-time basis on a Friday afternoon in October. God, however, apparently had broader plans.


State Bar of Texas Says Discriminatory Ruling Against Christian Law Program a ‘Miscommunication’
1/14/2016
Following charges of “religious discrimination” by the Texas Governor’s office, a State Bar of Texas committee that denied credit for a continuing legal education (CLE) program in Christian legal ethics hosted by St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio issued a statement this week regretting the “miscommunication” about its position, and said committee members look forward to working with St.Mary’s to provide future credit for the program.

“It has become clear that the November 4 letter conveyed an unintended and incorrect impression regarding the MCLE Committee’s position regarding the provision of credit for courses containing moral or religious content. We take responsibility for and regret the miscommunication,” Nancy Smith, director of the Texas Bar’s Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Committee, wrote in a letter dated January 12 to St. Mary’s law professor Bill Piatt.


Texas Governor’s Office: State Bar Continuing Education Ruling Discriminates Against Religion
12/29/2015
A State Bar of Texas committee decision that denied credit for a continuing legal education (CLE) program in Christian legal ethics is, at best, “based on a shallow and impoverished understanding of legal ethics” and, at worst, “amount(s) to religious discrimination,” according to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s general counsel Jimmy Blacklock in a letter to the Texas Bar president.

As The Cardinal Newman Society previously reported, the Texas Bar’s Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Committee decided last month that a CLE ethics program, “Christian Ethical Perspectives: Faith and Law Today,” co-sponsored by St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, the Catholic Lawyers’ Guild of San Antonio and the Christian Legal Society of San Antonio would be denied future accreditation for being too religious.


Texas State Bar Demands Secularization of Legal Ethics Training Held at Catholic Law School
12/2/2015
A continuing education course in Christian legal ethics co-sponsored by St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio will be denied future accreditation for being too religious if the decision of a State Bar of Texas committee is allowed to stand, shutting off the University from offering continuing education for attorneys and denying Catholic lawyers their First Amendment rights, St. Mary’s law professor Bill Piatt told The Cardinal Newman Society.

“They are going out of their way to make it impossible for Catholics to put on a continuing legal education program that says anything about faith or morality,” Piatt said in an interview with the Newman Society.

An appeal of the Committee’s actions that Piatt shared with the Newman Society states that the decision “unlawfully serves to create a chilling effect upon the First Amendment rights to speak, associate, and freely exercise religion in that it deters anyone who might even think about attending, presenting or organizing any future CLE dealing with topics of morality and religion.”



Planned Parenthood Event Moved Off Campus After Saint Louis Univ. President Steps In
11/5/2015
On Tuesday, Saint Louis University joined the growing list of Catholic colleges dealing with support of Planned Parenthood on campus after concerns about a potentially scandalous event prompted University President Fred Pestello to intervene, leading to the event being moved off campus, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Saint Louis University (SLU) chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) was scheduled to host a “Myths, Truths and Facts: Planned Parenthood” forum at the University law school until contacted by President Pestello on Monday afternoon to ask for a meeting.

Planned Parenthood has been at the center of controversy following the release of undercover videos detailing its trafficking in aborted baby body parts, and The Cardinal Newman Society investigative report “A More Scandalous Relationship: Catholic Colleges and Planned Parenthood” detailing past and present relationships between the organization and Catholic colleges.


Fordham Law Professor Urges End to ‘Religious, Gendered’ Marriage
10/9/2015
A professor of law at Fordham Law School, Ethan Leib, recently published an essay detailing methods to end state recognition of religious marriages, calling them exclusionary and oppressive to women.

The essay, titled “Hail Marriage and Farewell” and published in the Jesuit university’s Fordham Law Review, claims that marriage is “a largely religious, gendered, and bourgeois institution” that should be disestablished due to its traditional underpinnings, and replaced by “secular unions, free of gender scripts and the normativity of bourgeois domesticity.”

Leib noted that the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges can pave the way for the disestablishment of marriage.


Newman Society Report Reveals Planned Parenthood Ties to Catholic Colleges
8/20/2015
The Cardinal Newman Society has published a new report exposing engagement between Catholic colleges and Planned Parenthood, calling on Catholic educators to dissolve any associations with the nation’s largest abortion business and to teach students about the dignity of every human life. 

Prompted by the recent videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s abhorrent practices, including the harvesting and selling of aborted baby body parts, reporters Justin Petrisek and Kimberly Scharfenberger searched Catholic college websites for connections to the abortion giant. The results prove that Planned Parenthood is still a corruptive and powerful force, even on Catholic campuses that claim to uphold Catholic values. 

The report, A More Scandalous Relationship: Catholic Colleges and Planned Parenthood, was summarized in a Crisis Magazine article this week by Petrisek and Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly. Several media outlets and Catholic websites have picked up the story, including New Oxford Review, LifeNews.com, Fr. Z’s Blog, Townhall, New Advent, Church Militant and Spirit Daily.


Ave Maria Law Professors Fight ‘Ominous’ Trends, See Growing Need for Faithful Lawyers
7/9/2015
Faithful Catholic attorneys and lawmakers are needed now more than ever to defend natural law and Church teaching, said several professors at Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Fla., who are doing just that.“ 

In contemporary American society, the law and the legal profession have become important and sometimes dominant forces in nearly every facet of life and culture,” Eugene Milhizer, dean emeritus at Ave Maria Law, told The Cardinal Newman Society. “As recent Supreme Court decisions demonstrate, the law’s reach includes life issues, marriage and the family.”

This is precisely why faithful legal experts are increasingly needed to address legal matters “from the perspective of the natural law and the Catholic intellectual tradition,” said Milhizer, noting that “this approach has become both counter-cultural and desperately needed.”


Catholic Education ‘Going to Win’ HHS Mandate Suits, Predicts Becket Fund Attorney
7/8/2015
All the evidence suggests that Catholic schools and colleges are going to win their challenges to the Obama administration’s “HHS mandate,” attorney Mark Rienzi of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty told The Cardinal Newman Society.

In a summary of lawsuits compiled by the Newman Society with information from the Becket Fund, at least 22 Catholic schools and 11 Catholic colleges have challenged the mandate in federal courts. Two of the schools— Pius X Catholic High School in Lincoln, Neb., and Rhodora J. Donahue Academy in Ave Maria, Fla.—are on the Newman Society’s Catholic Education Honor Roll of faithful Catholic high schools.

Eight of the colleges are recommended in the Newman Guide, including Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn.; Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Fla.; Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C.; The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.; Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio; Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Cal.; University of Dallas, Tex.; and Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyo.

Winning permanent injunctions against enforcement of the HHS mandate is critical to the protection of Catholic schools and colleges and their ability to faithfully live out their Catholic identity and mission, attested Rienzi, who is also an assistant professor at The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. Under the current form of the HHS mandate, most Catholic institutions would be forced to facilitate employee access to full insurance coverage for sterilization and contraceptives, including some that cause abortion. If schools and colleges are not granted relief from the HHS mandate, they will be subjected to severe fines for not participating.


Status of Catholic Education Challenges to HHS Mandate
7/8/2015
As of July 2015, at least 33 Catholic institutions have filed suits challenging the Obama administration’s “HHS mandate,” requiring employer coverage of sterilization and contraceptives (including some that cause abortion) in employee health plans.

In a summary of lawsuits compiled by the Newman Society with information from the Becket Fund, at least 22 Catholic schools and 11 Catholic colleges have challenged the mandate in federal courts. Two of the schools— Pius X Catholic High School in Lincoln, Neb., and Rhodora J. Donahue Academy in Ave Maria, Fla.—are on the Newman Society’s Catholic Education Honor Roll of faithful Catholic high schools.

Eight of the colleges are recommended in the Newman Guide, including Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn.; Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Fla.; Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C.; The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.; Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio; Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Cal.; University of Dallas, Tex.; and Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyo.


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.


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.


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.


Canadian Christian Law School Wins Crucial Religious Freedom Victory, But Opposition Remains
2/12/2015
The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia recently ruled that the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society could not coerce an Christian educational institution to discard its religious principles. Despite the recent victory, the University faces more opposition to its policy in the months ahead.


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.


Georgetown Law School Named in Suit over Professor’s Alleged Voyeurism
12/4/2014
Georgetown University Law School is facing a lawsuit filed by a third-year law student alleging that the law school “turned a blind eye” to the actions of an instructor charged with six counts of voyeurism, according to The Washington Post.


Ave Maria School of Law Granted Preliminary Injunction from HHS Mandate
10/31/2014
Ave Maria School of Law’s president stated in an email that the victory was noteworthy because “it allows us to continue to practice our faith without being forced to compromise our beliefs.”


New Ave Maria Law Scholarships Available to Grads from Newman Guide Colleges
10/22/2014
The Ave Maria School of Law announced new scholarships, beginning for the Summer/Fall 2015 term. “Ave Maria School of Law seeks to admit men and women who are drawn to our distinctive mission of educating lawyers within the Catholic intellectual tradition,” read the news release.


Students Flout Fordham Policy, Hand out Condoms at University Events
9/25/2014
A new, but unrecognized group of students at Fordham University, the Sex and Gender Equity Safety Students (S.A.G.E.S) Coalition, recently distributed condoms and messages to students who attended the University’s homecoming events, according to The Fordham Ram.


Mount St. Mary’s U., Catholic University Form New Law Program Partnership
9/5/2014
Two ­Newman Guide-recommended universities—Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., and The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.—recently formed a partnership that will allow students to earn both a bachelor’s and a law degree in six years.


Catholic University of America Profs Win Pro-Life Victories at Supreme Court
7/1/2014
In recent weeks, law professors at The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law have played major roles in three victories at the U.S. Supreme Court.


Accreditation of Canadian Christian Law School Threatened Due to Morality Policy
6/11/2014
A new law school at Trinity Western University prohibits students and faculty from sexual relationships outside of traditional marriage.


Professor Undermines Archdiocese’s Effort to Protect Schools’ Catholic Identity
5/27/2014
In a recent opinion piece, law professor Charles Reid, Jr., opposes an effort by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to protect the Catholic identity of its schools, even while he teaches at a Catholic university.


Catholic Schools ‘Switching’ to Charter Schools, Study Finds
5/19/2014
Charter schools must strip themselves of any Catholic identity during the school day.  Because of that, some have attempted to offer religious after-school programs.


Law Students Get Experience Defending Religious Freedom at Univ. of St. Thomas (Minn.)
5/9/2014
Professor Thomas Berg created a Religious Liberty Appellate Clinic offering several law students each year the opportunity to draft briefs in important religious freedom cases.


Helen Alvaré to Deliver Commencement Address at Benedictine College
5/8/2014
Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., announced that it will host Vatican consultor and George Mason University law school professor Helen Alvaré as its commencement speaker.


Georgetown Law Prof. Led U.S. Delegation to Papal Canonizations
4/28/2014
John Podesta, who led the delegation for the Obama administration to the Vatican for the Mass of canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, is the former president of the pro-abortion Center for American Progress.


Boston College to Honor Pro-Abortion Rights Secretary of State John Kerry at Graduation
4/25/2014
John Kerry, a Boston College Law School graduate and former senior US senator from Massachusetts, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the University’s 138th annual commencement exercises.


Gonzaga Law School Speaker Testified in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage
4/16/2014
Gary Gates of The Williams Institute at UCLA will be speaking at the Gonzaga University School of Law on “LGBT Demographics and the Public Square” on Holy Thursday.


University of San Francisco to Honor Public Supporter of Same-Sex Marriage
4/7/2014
The Honorable John V. Roos will receive an honorary degree and deliver the commencement speech on May 17 for the University of San Francisco School of Law.


Georgetown Law Center to Host Justice Kagan for Inaugural Dean’s Lecture
3/14/2014
During her time working for the Clinton administration, Kagan, according to CNSNews, wrote a strategy memo in opposition to a bill that would outlaw partial birth abortion.


Fordham University Celebrates Former Pro-Abortion Congresswoman
3/7/2014
Fordham University recently celebrated the life of the late pro-abortion rights politician Geraldine Ferraro by showing a documentary of her life directed by her daughter.


Catholic Education Instrumental in Life of Service, Says Colorado Catholic Charities CEO
2/25/2014
Mark Rohlena said that Christendom College offered him an “immersion in things Catholic ”while also providing some of the “best of the intellectual tradition and a foundation for so many things that would come after graduation.”


Professor Argues for ‘More than Grudging Tolerance’ of Morality
2/24/2014
Professor Sisk of the University of St. Thomas School of Law recently challenged the prevailing view in academic circles of contraception as a “positive social good” and made a plea for tolerance for those who disagree.


Catholic University of America to Host Cardinal Burke for Lecture
2/21/2014
Presented by CUA’s School of Canon Law, Cardinal Burke will discuss “The Relation between the Apostolic Signatura and the Local Church.”


Controversial Professor to Lecture on ‘Prophetic Rhetoric’ at Holy Cross
2/21/2014
College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., will be hosting Boston College’s controversial law and theology professor Cathleen Kaveny.


Transgender Activists, Professor to Challenge Law Enforcement at Jesuit Seattle Univ.
2/4/2014
A law professor from the Jesuit Seattle University, whom one magazine called “America’s first openly transgender law professor,” will host an on-campus discussion with transgender activists next month.


Problematic Law Professor Kaveny Leaves Notre Dame for Boston College
1/31/2014
Last year, Kaveny strongly defended the Obama administration’s HHS contraceptive mandate by claiming that the Obama administration is not attacking religious liberty, and any attempt by the bishops to say otherwise is a “canard.”


Abortion Activist to Lead Loyola Marymount Dialogue on Catholic Identity
1/23/2014
The president of Loyola Marymount University has initiated “a series of campus-wide discussions” concerning the Jesuit institution’s Catholic identity, according to an email obtained by The Cardinal Newman Society.  


Georgetown MLK Celebration to Feature Pro-Abortion Rights Eleanor Holmes Norton
1/20/2014
Just last week, Del. Norton accused pro-life Republicans of waging a “new war on women” for seeking to ban Washington, D.C., from spending taxpayer funds on abortion.


Ave Maria, Catholic Univ. of America 'Best Law Schools for the Devout'
1/16/2014
The report indicates that Ave Maria was an easy choice for the number one spot on the list, noting that some law schools on the list "are stark about the relationship" to religion on campus.


Newman Society Mourns Pro-Life Hero, Friend of Faithful Catholic Education
1/15/2014
In 1997, New Jersey attorney Richard Collier was appointed by his state’s Superior Court to represent an unborn baby in court. The baby’s mother was in jail and wanted to have an abortion...


Georgetown Cheers Reconfirmation of Professor, ‘Sexual Liberty’ Advocate to Federal Commission
12/19/2013
"She is carrying on Georgetown Law's strong tradition of public service, and we are all tremendously proud of her," said Georgetown Law Dean William Treanor.


DePaul University Hosts Justice Breyer, Author of Partial-Birth Abortion Ruling
12/16/2013
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will deliver a special address at the 20th annual Clifford Symposium at DePaul University College of Law in April, according to the University.


Student Group ‘DePaul Outlaws’ Promotes Fundraiser for 'Gender-Affirming' Surgery
12/12/2013
An officially recognized student group at DePaul University College of Law is promoting a fundraiser to help pay for “gender-affirming” surgery to remove the breasts of a woman who identifies as a man.


Catholic Law School Professor Files Personhood Lawsuit…on Behalf of Chimpanzees
12/12/2013
An adjunct professor at the St. Thomas University (STU) School of Law who once was quoted saying he sees no difference between a chimpanzee and his toddler son, has now filed a lawsuit seeking personhood for chimpanzees earlier this month.


Marquette Law Professor Accuses Hobby Lobby of Forcing Its Christianity on Employees
12/6/2013
Professor Paul Secunda, who teaches courses on employee benefits, recently wrote on Marquette’s blog that he does not believe the HHS mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.


Save the Tick, Abort the Baby: A ‘Fetus Cannot Itself Have an Interest in Continued Existence’
11/13/2013
DePaul University recently hosted a lecture by a radical animal rights activist who once compared raising animals for food to “concentration camps,” yet ironically is also an outspoken advocate for abortion.


Radical Pro-Abortion Georgetown Law Professor’s Court Nomination Faces Vote This Week
11/11/2013
Georgetown Law professor Cornelia “Nina” Pillard’s nomination was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee last month for a seat on the 11-member court.  


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