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Notre Dame’s Father Jenkins Joins with Divisive Journalist for Conference on Polarization
4/23/2015
The University of Notre Dame has invited divisive journalist Michael Sean Winters to serve on a panel with Notre Dame President Father John Jenkins, C.S.C., speaking about—of all things—polarization among Catholics in America.

Winters is a columnist for the heterodox National Catholic Reporter, which its local bishop declared to have no legitimate claim to its “Catholic” label. By his caustic attacks on bishops and lay Catholics, Winters has encouraged divisions between his readers and those who are faithful to the Church.

Winters will join Fr. Jenkins, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, and two academics for a panel headlining the April 27 and 28 conference at Notre Dame, “Polarization in the U.S. Catholic Church: Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal.” The panelists will address the question, “How can we heal the division and reestablish the virtues of solidarity, love and humility at the heart of the Christian message?”

“Notre Dame has made a strikingly poor choice of Michael Sean Winters as a panelist alongside Father Jenkins,” said Patrick Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society. “Winters’ publication features prominent dissidents and works against Christian unity, and he has used his own columns to attack the Church’s most loyal sons and daughters.”


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

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

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

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


Indiana Protects Religious Freedom, but Does Notre Dame Want the Protection?
3/30/2015
A new law recently passed in Indiana could serve as legal protection for the University of Notre Dame if it chooses to reverse its policy of providing employee benefits to same-sex spouses, but it remains unclear whether such a reversal will occur.


Notre Dame’s Compromised Legacy on Life Issues Depends on Faculty, Alumni Say
3/16/2015
The University of Notre Dame has had a more-than complicated history with right-to-life issues. The pro-Catholic identity alumni group Sycamore Trust recently observed that the University’s pro-life character depends on ensuring a majority of pro-life faculty on campus, but studies have shown minimal support for the issue among professors.


Notre Dame to Host Former Irish President as Visiting Scholar despite Dissent
3/13/2015
As previously reported by The Cardinal Newman Society, while claiming to be Catholic McAleese has suggested that the Church is "in denial over homosexuality" and criticized the Church regarding its teaching on homosexuality and homosexual acts.


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


Notre Dame Professor Continues to Criticize Pope Francis, Undermine Church Teaching
3/12/2015
Candida Moss, a professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, recently criticized Pope Francis for calling attention to the destructive potential of “gender theory.” Moss alleged that the Holy Father “consistently sells women down the river.”


Supreme Court Tells Lower Court to Reconsider Notre Dame HHS Mandate Case
3/9/2015
Momentum is on the side of religious organizations against the HHS mandate, Mark Rienzi of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is arguing, in light of the latest U.S. Supreme Court move directing a lower court to reconsider its ruling against the University of Notre Dame.


Notre Dame Hosts Politicians Opposed to Catholic Teaching at Fr. Hesburgh Tribute
3/9/2015
The University of Notre Dame invited several politicians to a recent event commemorating the late Notre Dame President Father Theodore Hesburgh’s contributions to the University. Unfortunately, several of the politicians have taken public stances opposed to Catholic teaching.


Notre Dame Launches Online Theology Program for Hispanic Catholics
3/2/2015
Esther Terry, the program director for Camino, stated in the release that the program’s ultimate goal is to use technology and social communications "to walk with others and lead to an encounter in Christ."


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


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


Notre Dame Scandals under Fr. Jenkins Are Rooted in Diminished Catholic Faculty, Alumni Say
2/20/2015
Notre Dame alumni spoke with The Cardinal Newman Society to share their reflections on how the University has damaged its Catholic identity and how it can pave a way forward by facilitating an increase in faithful Catholic faculty.


Authentic Masculinity, Femininity in Focus at 10th Annual Edith Stein Conf. at Notre Dame
2/17/2015
The project's mission is to address "various issues of gender, sexuality, and human dignity by exploring what it means to be authentic women and men," according to the website.


Notre Dame Trustees Elect Fr. Jenkins to Third Term as President despite Catholic Identity Concerns
2/5/2015
The University of Notre Dame recently announced that Father John Jenkins, C.S.C. has been elected by the Board of Trustees to serve a third five-year term as president of the University, despite the many instances of Catholic identity abuse that have occurred during his tenure.


Notre Dame Grads Offer LGBTQ Scholarship, Ask Students about Activism Experience
2/4/2015
The two recipients of the new scholarship will receive $2,500 from GALA, but must "identify within the LGBTQ community," according to the scholarship application which can be downloaded from the GALA website.


New Club Seeks to Unite Students in Faith at Three Indiana Catholic Colleges
1/29/2015
A new club created by students from Saint Mary’s College in Indiana is seeking to foster a Catholic “tri-campus friendship” by linking students at Saint Mary’s, the University of Notre Dame, and Holy Cross College through Catholic faith support and fellowship.


Faculty Concerns Mount for Notre Dame’s Catholic Curriculum
1/23/2015
Several faculty members expressed their concern to the National Catholic Register that theology courses at Notre Dame would not be given priority during the review.


Notre Dame Students Attend 2015 March for Life
1/22/2015
Approximately 700 students, faculty, staff, and alumni from the University of Notre Dame are participating in the 42nd annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., today, according to a University news release.


Notre Dame Should Have Canceled ‘White Privilege’ Course, Says Prominent Alumnus
1/15/2015
The University of Notre Dame’s spring semester course preparing students for a “white privilege conference”—which features speakers opposed to Church teaching—should have been called off, said William Dempsey, chairman of the Sycamore Trust.


Thanks to Notre Dame, Mario Cuomo’s Speech Became ‘Holy Writ’ for Pro-Choice Catholics
1/9/2015
The University of Notre Dame helped to damage the pro-life cause and also provided a valuable resource to pro-abortion Catholics when it hosted late New York governor Mario Cuomo for his infamous speech more than thirty years ago, said William Dempsey, chairman of the Sycamore Trust.


Concerns Remain about Notre Dame ‘Crossroads’ Project, Impact on Catholic Mission
1/8/2015
The $400 million project includes the construction of three additional buildings as expansions to the University's football stadium, which some argue is a materialistic detraction from the University's Catholic mission.


Thomas More College ‘Way of Beauty’ Program Alum Wins Architecture Award
12/31/2014
An alumnus of the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts “Way of Beauty” program, who also graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame, was recently honored for his architectural design, the Way of Beauty blog reported.


Despite Opposition, Pro-Traditional Marriage Group Marches on at Notre Dame
12/22/2014
“Our goal is to develop a well-informed, action-oriented network of students committed to serving the youngest members of our society,” said an officer from a new student group that supports traditional marriage and values at the University of Notre Dame.


Notre Dame Offers Course Preparing Students for Anti-Christian Conference
12/15/2014
The University of Notre Dame is offering a course for the upcoming spring semester that includes in-class preparation for a conference with indications of anti-Christian sentiments.


Professors Urge Notre Dame to Fix Broken Core Curriculum
12/12/2014
At least a few Notre Dame faculty members have taken the occasion of a ten-year academics review to argue for the improvement of the University’s core curriculum requirement, which one professor said “has deteriorated,” The Irish Rover reported.


Notre Dame Professor Accuses Pope of ‘Crass Chauvinism,’ Alumnus Refutes
12/10/2014
Notre Dame professor Candida Moss recently co-wrote an op-ed accusing Pope Francis of “crass chauvinism,” but alumnus Michael Bradley took to the pages of Ethika Politika to challenge her assertions.


Alumni Summarize Catholic Identity Concerns at Notre Dame from Last 18 Months
12/9/2014
An organization dedicated to restoring the University of Notre Dame’s Catholic identity recently released a report noting that the past 18 months “have been marked by a battery of increasingly alarming actions” concerning the University's Catholic identity.


Notre Dame Hosts ‘Gender and Childhood’ Conference
12/4/2014
A University of Notre Dame conference on “Gender and Childhood” currently taking place includes a broad range of topics in at least 20 panel discussions, but no mention of how the event will integrate Catholic teaching.


Catholic Universities Must Work to Form Catholic Scholars, Says Notre Dame Alumnus
12/3/2014
A recent graduate from the University of Notre Dame wrote a piece for Ethika Politika in which he posited that “Catholic scholars must not simply be found, but formed” in order to maintain a university’s Catholic identity.


Notre Dame Prepares for Christmas with Cultural Nativity Scene Pilgrimage on Campus
12/3/2014
The University of Notre Dame will be holding a Crèche Pilgrimage on Dec. 7, inviting participants to view and pray at various depictions of the birth of Christ from around the world.


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.


Liberal Arts ‘Crucial’ for Students, Says Duke President at Notre Dame Forum
11/7/2014
The liberal arts are “crucial for each student’s education,” Duke University president Richard Brodhead recently stated in a talk given to the University of Notre Dame’s forum on curriculum change, according to The Observer.


Homosexual-Themed Productions Take the Stage at Notre Dame
10/31/2014
Notre Dame’s Film, Television, and Theatre Department recently presented two homosexual-themed plays and a movie about same-sex relationships. The production of the plays was hailed as a “testament to progress” for the “LGBTQ community.”


Notre Dame’s ‘Gay in Christ’ Conference Aims for Fidelity, But Speakers Embrace ‘Gay Identity’
10/31/2014
A conference today at the University of Notre Dame will address “a pastoral strategy for parishes to be able to receive the gifts of self-identified gay Catholics,” while keeping faithful to Catholic teaching on marriage and sexuality—but some speakers’ perspectives on “gay identity” may fall short of true orthodoxy.


Cardinal Müller to Speak at Notre Dame Conference on Poverty
10/28/2014
The conference, entitled “Your Light Will Rise in the Darkness: Responding to the Cry of the Poor,” will run from October 30 - November 1 and is reportedly inspired by Pope Francis’ encouragement to give “a voice to the cry of the poor.”


New Fund Helps Catholic Colleges Screen Investments Contrary to Church Teaching
10/21/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society recently spoke with Notre Dame’s chief investment officer, Scott Malpass, who is involved in forming a new fund that will manage the endowments of Catholic colleges and foundations.


Knights of Columbus to Receive Notre Dame Award for Pro-Life Efforts
10/20/2014
The medal, inspired by Pope St. John Paul II’s papal encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, recognizes pro-life advocacy and “those who have worked to help build a culture of life and respect for the sanctity of life.”


Some Catholic Colleges Have Provided Same-Sex Benefits for Several Years
10/17/2014
While Notre Dame is making the headlines for its apparently quick decision to provide employee benefits to “same-sex spouses,” many Catholic colleges have been providing same-sex benefits to varying degrees for years, with some policies in force for almost a decade.


Alumnus Corrects Notre Dame Prof’s Article Claiming ‘Church Makes Life Impossible for Infertile Women’
10/16/2014
University of Notre Dame alumnus Michael Bradley wrote a piece for Ethika Politika in response to Notre Dame professor Candida Moss’s recent controversial Slate article. 


Bishop Reminds Notre Dame: Catholic Teaching on Marriage Is More than a View
10/16/2014
After Notre Dame’s decision to provide employee benefits to “same-sex spouses,” Bishop Kevin Rhoades published comments concerning the decision, including a reminder for the University that Catholic teaching on marriage is more than just a single viewpoint.


Notre Dame Student Group Hosts ‘Coming Out’ Event on Campus
10/14/2014
The event reportedly consisted of "crowds of students" walking through a mock-doorway covered in rainbow banners to "'come out of the closet' as whatever they wished, in an attempt to spread a spirit of acceptance of personal identities across campus."


Notre Dame Asks SCOTUS to Void Lower Court Decision in Case against HHS Mandate
10/6/2014
The University of Notre Dame filed paperwork on Friday, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling in light of the Hobby Lobby case and exempt the Catholic university from complying with the HHS mandate, The Observer reported.


Professor Sees Catholic Mission Conflict in Notre Dame’s ‘Crossroads’ Project
10/1/2014
The University of Notre Dame is planning to move forward with its $400 million “Campus Crossroads Project” that would see the iconic University stadium become the “crossroads” of campus, despite a warning that the change would be detrimental to Notre Dame’s Catholic mission.


Club Promoting Catholic Teaching on Marriage Wins Recognition from Notre Dame
9/29/2014
A student group which promotes Church teaching on marriage at the University of Notre Dame is now an official University club, according to a letter sent out by alumni group Sycamore Trust.


Notre Dame Alumnus Laments ‘Careerist Culture’ at University
9/24/2014
Michael Bradley, managing editor of Ethika Politika and a recent University of Notre Dame graduate, recently wrote a piece for The Irish Rover, an independent student publication, criticizing the “careerist culture [that] infests Notre Dame."


Christian Persecution Research Project Launched at Notre Dame, Georgetown
9/18/2014
A team of scholars, led by centers at the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University, was recently established to research, report on, and raise awareness about Christian persecution throughout the world.


Thirty Years after Cuomo’s Controversial Speech at Notre Dame
9/16/2014
Thirty years have passed since Mario Cuomo, the governor of New York from 1983 to 1994, gave a talk to students at the University of Notre Dame on September 13, 1984, entitled “Religious Belief and Public Morality: A Catholic Governor’s Perspective.”


Students Promote ‘Love and Fidelity’ on Catholic Campuses
9/16/2014
Students affiliated with the Love and Fidelity Network are advancing the group’s mission on several Catholic university campuses across the country to promote the institution of marriage, the role of the family in society, and the meaning of sexual integrity.


Dr. Don Briel on Catholic Universities and Surrender of Moral Authority
9/15/2014
The modern Catholic university’s decision to turn theology studies into an academic, intellectual pursuit separated from a relationship with the Church, has led to grave consequences and a surrendering of “moral authority to shape the souls of students,” argued Dr. Don Briel.


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