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Loyola Marymount Employees File Complaint against California Abortion Mandate
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF) filed a complaint on Friday with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of seven Loyola Marymount University employees.

Common Core ‘Raises an Alarm’
The Common Core “rightfully raises an alarm” when all its factors are considered, argued Dan Guernsey, director of The Cardinal Newman Society’s K-12 program, in a recent segment on Register Radio.

California Bishops ‘Distressed’ by Abortion Mandate, Planning Response
Ned Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, told The Cardinal Newman Society that California’s bishops are “surprised and distressed” by the California Department of Managed Healthcare’s (DMHC) decision and a response is being planned.

Colleges Recommended in Newman Guide Comment on HHS Mandate Accommodation
Several Catholic colleges and universities recommended in The Newman Guide have issued press releases and statements commenting on the Obama administration’s recent update to the HHS mandate accommodation.

UST-Houston Hosts Bishops at Catholic Latino Leaders Conference
“I think there is great synergy with CALL’s mission and the University’s mission with regards to producing leaders of faith and character,” Lee Vigil, director of evangelization at UST said.

Bishops Plan Renewed Working Group on Ex corde Ecclesiae
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Catholic Education is in the process of identifying and inviting Catholic college presidents and bishops to discuss topics of Catholic education in America in a new working group.

Christendom President Reconfirmed as Pontifical Consultor by Pope Francis
Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, president of Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., will continue his work as a pontifical consultor, the College reported. Pope Francis reconfirmed Dr. O’Donnell’s appointment as consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Family. 

Christian College Secures Victory over HHS Mandate
Last week, a federal court ruled in favor of Louisiana College in its suit against the HHS mandate ... The decision ruled that the mandate violated the college’s religious freedom.

Fordham Professor Criticizes Bishops, Accepts Award from LCWR
Fordham University professor Sr, Elizabeth Johnson received the an award from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and in her acceptance speech made several remarks criticizing members of the Church hierarchy.

U.S. Bishops Feature Benefits of Catholic Schools in New Video
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recently created a new video highlighting the benefits and necessity of Catholic schools as "communities of the New Evangelization and partners with parents in a child's education."

Professor Defines Role of Theology in Prominent Academic Talk, Criticism Follows
A theologian from Duke University elicited strong responses from some Catholic university professors after  he defined the role of theology and theologians, affirming their position under the Magisterium.

SPECIAL REPORT: A Decade after Bishops’ Policy, Catholic Commencement Scandals Make Sudden Return
The Cardinal Newman Society has identified at least 20 Catholic colleges and universities that are hosting scandalous speakers and honorees at commencement ceremonies in 2014.

Catholic Benefits Association Files Lawsuit against HHS Mandate
The class action lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, seeks immediate injunctive relief from the mandate while the suit progresses through the court.

Mercyhurst to Honor Sr. Simone Campbell, Cites Pro-Obamacare 'Nuns' Letter'
In a press release announcing the award, Mercyhurst University specifically cites Sr. Campbell's authorship of the “'nuns' letter' that helped pass the Affordable Care Act.”

Notre Dame Announces Strategic Plan Making Catholic Character a Priority
“We place at the forefront of this new strategic plan the University’s Catholic character and the need for it to touch every aspect of our life and work,” the plan states.

Essay Contest on John Paul II Draws Thousands of Entries, UST-Houston Reports
For the tenth year in a row, the University of St. Thomas and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston held an essay contest for Catholic school students.

Filipino Cardinal-Elect Attended Catholic University of America
When Archbishop Quevedo is elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope Francis on February 22, he will become the 12th living cardinal who has attended The Catholic University of America.

Archbishop Lucas: ‘Heart’ of Catholic Education is ‘Mission to Proclaim the Gospel’
In honor of the upcoming Catholic Schools Week, Archbishop George Lucas, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Education, issued a statement recognizing the contribution of America’s Catholic schools.

Cardinal Wuerl Leads Catholic University in Prayer to End Global Hunger
Catholic University of America reports that Pope Francis endorsed the campaign to end global hunger, which is sponsored by Caritas Internationalis.

Christendom President Joins Catholic Higher Ed. Meeting at Pontifical Commission
"The commission discussed the new evangelization in light of Pope Francis' pontificate as well as other topics including the challenges facing Catholic higher education in America."

Madison, La Crosse Dioceses Reject Common Core Standards for Schools
The Diocese of La Crosse, Wis., will be “neither adapting nor adopting” the controversial Common Core State Standards, the Catholic school superintendent has told The Cardinal Newman Society.

Diocese of Gaylord Rejects Common Core
In a statement to parents and other stakeholders, Charles Taylor, the superintendent of Catholic Schools of Gaylord (Michigan), explains why his diocesan schools will not implement the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Rector of Holy Trinity Seminary Named Bishop of Fort Worth
This week Pope Francis named Msgr. Michael Olson as the new bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth, according to Vatican Information Service.

Walsh University Celebrates Founding Religious Order
The university was founded by the Brothers of Christian Instruction in 1960 and named for the bishop of the Youngstown diocese at the time, Bishop Emmet Walsh.

BREAKING: National Catholic Educational Association Responds to Common Core Concerns and Gates Foundation Grant
In an email sent today to NCEA members and obtained by The Cardinal Newman Society,Brother Bimonte said, “Some of you have probably been reading or hearing concerns about Catholic schools and the Common Core State Standards.”

NAC Chair Recommends Episcopal Review of Common Core in Catholic Schools
The head of the U.S. bishops' National Advisory Council (NAC) strongly recommended that the general assembly conduct an episcopal review of the Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative (CCCII). Renee Miller, the NAC’s chair, also encouraged the bishops to engage more extensively with college presidents about instituting Pope John Paul II’s apostolic constitution, Ex corde Ecclesiae, on their campuses.

"New Evangelization" Event Marks Inauguration of New Franciscan University President
Noted speakers included Steubenville Bishop Jeffrey Monforton, Fr. Sheridan, and CUA president John Garvey.  Franciscan theology professor Dr. Scott Hahn delivered a follow-up speech to students.

University of Mary to Bestow Honor on Cardinal Dolan
The ceremony will take place during the Diocese of Bismarck's "THIRST" conference.  Cardinal Dolan's presentation is titled, "Go Teach All Nations: Passing the Treasure of Faith to the Next Generation."

Twelfth Benedictine College Alumnus Named Bishop
Father Andrew H. Cozzens, who graduated from Benedictine College, in Atchison, Kan., in 1991, was recently named bishop by Pope Francis, the College announced last week.

Bishops Support ‘Marriage and Religious Freedom Act’
The new federal bill would protect Catholic and other organizations that oppose same-sex marriage from discrimination by the federal government.

Capitulation to HHS Mandate ‘Untimely and Unhelpful,’ Says Cardinal Dolan
Cardinal Dolan chastised the Catholic Health Association for complying with the HHS mandate in a letter released after a meeting of the administrative board of the USCCB.

Thai Bishops Emphasize Catholic Identity in Schools
The executive secretary general of the Thai bishops’ conference said that even while academic standards are increased, faithfulness must be adhered to. 

Video: Bishop Morlino Delivers Powerful Inspiration to Catholic Educators
Bishop Morlino asks his teachers to pray for God’s grace and encourages them to “stay close to the sacraments, to Mass, to Confession.”

CUA Law Partners with Former Maryland Governor in Clemency for Prisoners Clinic
The clinic will include a workshop for governors and their staffs on the responsibilities of clemency powers and students will prepare pardon applications. Former Maryland Governor Ehrlich, however, was on the advisory board of Republicans for Choice when he ran for governor, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Faith and Reason a Defining Issue for Catholic Universities, Says Australian Bishop
After reminding listeners that the Catholic Church was responsible for the creation of the first universities, he pointed to a misconception that students at universities are there to just “learn to earn.”

Abp. Vigneron Bans Dissident Schüller from Detroit Archdiocese
Archbishop Allen Vigneron of the Archdiocese of Detroit has banned Austrian priest Father Helmut Schüller from speaking at Catholic institutions, according to The Detroit Free Press.

It’s Decision Time for CUA on the HHS Mandate
CUA's lawsuit against the HHS mandate was tossed out of court this year because the Obama admin. had not finalized it, but now the rule is finalized CUA must decide whether or not to renew the court fight.

College Defies Archbishop, Hosts Dissident Speaker
“Where has obedience got us?” That was the question posed by Fr. Helmut Schüller in a speech at Chestnut Hill College, according to The National Catholic Reporter which covered the event.

USCCB Releases Video of Three Women Standing up for Religious Liberty
The video puts in alarming clarity the devastating consequences of the disappearance of our most cherished liberty.

Catholic College Presidents Urge Immigration Reform
More than 90 presidents of Catholic colleges and universities called the country’s immigration policy “morally indefensible” in an open letter to Catholics in the House of Representatives.

Georgetown to Cover Contraception, Sandra Fluke Declares Victory
Wrote President DeGioia: "These regulations give us the opportunity to reconcile our religious identity and our commitment to providing access to affordable health care."

Cardinal Wuerl Again Defends University Chaplain, Decries the “New Intolerance”
At the closing Mass for the second annual "Fortnight for Freedom," at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington decried what he called “the new intolerance,” according to The National Catholic Register.

Philadelphia Archdiocese Opposes Dissident at Chestnut Hill College
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has stated that a Catholic college’s plans to host a priest who has advocated for the ordination of women would “damage the unity” of the Church.

Catholic Colleges Join Bishops, Southern Baptist Convention in Support of Religious Freedom
“The Cardinal Newman Society stands shoulder-to-shoulder with our bishops and leaders of non-Catholic Christian denominations in once again opposing this direct attack on our first freedom.”

Georgetown Canon Law Petitioners Seek Intercession of Blessed Pope John Paul II
Exorcist author William Peter Blatty reveals that his canon law petition regarding Georgetown University is dedicated to the intercession of Blessed Pope John Paul II.

U Mary President Welcomes New Fargo Bishop
Monsignor James Shea was on air at for the installation of Fargo Bishop John Folda.

Catholic University Immerses New Faculty in Catholic Intellectual Tradition
According to the University, while many of the faculty that participated in the conference were not Catholic, they were "interested in how they may contribute to the University's Catholic identity."

Canon Law Case Against Georgetown Submitted to Cardinal Wuerl
A canon law petition asking Cardinal Donald Wuerl to rescue Georgetown University's Catholic identity or declare that it can no longer refer to itself as Catholic was delivered to the Archdiocese of Washington today.

Bishop McFadden, Catholic Education Leader, Dies Suddenly
Bishop McFadden served as Chairman for the Education Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  He was a strong proponent of Catholic identity in Catholic education at all levels.

Archbishop Lori to Address Mount St. Mary's University Graduates
Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, recently announced that Baltimore Archbishop William Lori will deliver the University's 205th commencement address on May 12.

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