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Catholic Colleges Must Listen to Pope Benedict’s Strong Case for Sacred Music, Says Prof.
7/21/2015
The availability of well-celebrated liturgy and sacred music should be the norm at all Catholic colleges, not the exception, said Dr. Kurt Poterack, choir director and adjunct professor of music at Christendom College in Front Royal, Va. Poterack spoke with The Cardinal Newman Society regarding Pope Emeritus Benedict’s recent comments on sacred music and what it means for Catholic colleges.

The Pope Emeritus recently received honorary doctorates from the John Paul II Pontifical University of Krakow and from the Academy of Music of Krakow in Poland. The former pontiff took the opportunity to thank the now-saint Pope John Paul II for the profound impact he had in his own spiritual life and also share his own reflections on the benefits of sacred music.

The emphasis on sacred music is certainly something that Catholic colleges should be paying attention to, as it helps students to encounter the living God in liturgy, Poterack stated.


Theology Chairman’s Same-Sex Wedding Begins ‘Flood’ of Challenges to Catholic Identity
7/7/2015
The Episcopalian marriage of Fordham University’s theology chairman to his same-sex partner, just one day after the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling, begins a new flood of challenges to Catholic identity that most Catholic colleges and universities are unprepared to face, warns Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly.

“Even if a Catholic college leader wants to uphold Catholic teaching on marriage, the persistent embrace of dissent and opposition to the Church at many Catholic universities makes it highly unlikely that the law will now permit them to uphold moral standards for professors,” Reilly said.

“The fact that a theology chairman at a Catholic university apparently waited for the Supreme Court’s ruling to publicly affirm his disregard for Catholic teaching is a sign that the sky has opened, and wayward Catholic universities are about to face a flood of consequences following upon decades of inconsistent Catholic identity.”


Q&A: Peter Kwasniewski on Sacraments, Curriculum and Moral Formation at Catholic Colleges
6/9/2015
Faithful Catholic colleges have the responsibility and obligation to care for the spiritual and moral well-being of their students, not just their academic well-being, says Dr. Peter Kwasniewksi, professor of theology and philosophy at Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyo., and one of the recent panelists during a Cardinal Newman Society panel discussion at Sacra Liturgia USA 2015 in New York City.

During last Tuesday’s session, Dr. Kwasniewski was one of the featured panelists, together with Cardinal Raymond Burke, who discussed why liturgy is essential for today’s college Catholics.

The Newman Society caught up with Dr. Kwasniewski following the conference to ask several follow-up questions on the importance of liturgy, sacraments, curriculum and student life issues at Catholic colleges.


Newman Society Panelists Agree, Liturgy Essential to Today’s College Catholics
6/5/2015
Catholic colleges must provide opportunities for students to experience the beautiful and well-celebrated liturgy that they are drawn to, according to a panel of academics at this week’s Sacra Liturgia conference in New York City.

Tuesday’s panel on liturgical renewal in Catholic higher education was hosted by The Cardinal Newman Society and headlined by Cardinal Raymond Burke, patron of the Order of Malta and ecclesiastical advisor to the Newman Society. He was joined by four guest panelists who echoed the Cardinal’s urging for Catholic colleges to expose students to the beauty of properly celebrated liturgy.

The conference brought together over 300 bishops, priests, religious, seminarians, educators, college professors and other lay leaders, and the overarching sentiment was the same: young people desire beauty and truth, and the Church—including Catholic colleges—must not fail provide them with that encounter this time around. The conference was notably populated with many young faces, youth who were brought up through the ranks of faithful Catholic education.


Cardinal Burke: Reverent Liturgy Essential to Catholic College Education
6/2/2015
Properly and beautifully celebrated liturgy is essential to a Catholic college education, said Cardinal Raymond Burke, who headlined today’s Cardinal Newman Society event at Sacra Liturgia USA 2015 in New York City.

“If in Catholic education the ultimate goal is to know Christ as deeply and as profoundly as possible, then it can’t be otherwise,” he said, recalling the wonderful liturgies on Catholic campuses until recent decades. On many Catholic campuses, traditional and reverent liturgy has given way to misguided innovations and musical variations that are thought to appeal to younger audiences.

Cardinal Burke, patron of the Order of Malta and ecclesiastical advisor to the Newman Society, led off a panel discussion on the need for liturgical renewal in Catholic higher education and ways that Catholic colleges can contribute to renewal of the liturgy in parishes and schools. The event was held at St. Catherine of Siena Church in uptown Manhattan as a special part of the Sacra Liturgia conference, which brought hundreds of priests, seminarians and lay people together to celebrate and promote sacred liturgy.

Cardinal Burke encouraged Catholic colleges to expose students to reverent liturgy including the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. “If this is a form of the Roman Rite it should be accessible to the faithful,” he said. 

He recalled his experience when Archbishop of Saint Louis, Mo., where he instructed the seminary to implement courses on the Extraordinary Form of the Mass and begin celebrating it. “And I believe too, at the universities, that there will be a response [to the Extraordinary Form],” he said.


Bishop Dewane: Families Have ‘Right to Know’ Which Theology Professors Have Mandatum
5/28/2015
If a Catholic college cannot assure that its theology professors are imparting the truths of the faith, then families should look to more faithful Catholic institutions, suggested Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Fla., in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society.

Sound theology is the heart of Catholic higher education; it helps students direct their learning, explore the beauty of the faith and better understand their relationship with God and the Church. Therefore the Church provides the academic mandatum, an acknowledgment by the local bishop of a “professor’s commitment and responsibility to teach authentic Catholic doctrine and to refrain from putting forth as Catholic teaching anything contrary to the Church’s magisterium,” according to the U.S. bishops’ guidelines.

Referencing Ex corde Ecclesiae, the Vatican’s constitution on Catholic universities, Bishop Dewane noted that professors who have obtained the mandatum help Catholic colleges fulfill their mission. “It says that Catholicism is present and operative at such institutions. More profoundly, the individual professor evidences that desire to teach in communion, to express what the teachings of the Church are,” he said.


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.


Pope Benedict’s Vision Key to Survival of Catholic Colleges, Says Author
4/8/2015
Questions have been raised recently about the future of Catholic higher education: Is it dying? Where is it going? Assumption College theology chair and professor Dr. Marc Guerra, author of a new book compiling some of Pope Benedict XVI’s most important speeches on truth and learning, says that Catholic colleges have available to them a tremendous blueprint and model for the survival of faithful Catholic education.

The Vatican’s constitution on higher education, Ex corde Ecclesiae, and the example and writings of Pope Benedict XVI provide a crucial model for Catholic colleges, Guerra told The Cardinal Newman Society. And they are especially needed today.

“Catholic colleges and universities today face threat[s] both from without and from within,” Guerra said, adding that it is a critical time for Catholic education in America. “These threats take a particular form for us today, a form that, in my view, represents something relatively new under the sun.”


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.


Pope: Holiness and Study of Theology Are Inseparable
3/11/2015
In a letter to the grand chancellor of the Catholic University of Argentina, Pope Francis reflected on the unique vocation of theologians and how theology and holiness are connected.


Univ. of Mary President Praises New Director of Campus Ministry
1/19/2015
The University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., recently chose Dr. Peter Huff as its new director of campus ministry, the University officially announced. Dr. Huff will also assume a role as professor of theology at the University.


George Weigel Explains How Catholic Universities Can Help Prepare for 2015 Synod
1/16/2015
The Cardinal Newman Society spoke to George Weigel of the Ethics & Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., about his recent article, to discern how Catholic colleges and universities can participate in laying the groundwork in the lead up to the Ordinary Synod in October.


Women Must Avoid ‘Conquest Mentality’ in Church, Says First Pontifical U. Female Rector
1/13/2015
Sister Mary Melone, the first woman in the Church’s history to be appointed as rector of a pontifical university, recently spoke to ZENIT about the specifics of her appointment and misunderstandings on the role of women in the Church.


Catholic Support for Space Exploration Rooted in Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Profs Say
1/8/2015
In interviews with The Cardinal Newman Society, professors from faithful Catholic colleges illustrated the connection between the Catholic intellectual tradition and recent findings that Catholics are most likely to support space exploration.


Dr. William May Overcame Dissent to Become Leading Pro-Life Bioethicist
12/23/2014
The late theologian Dr. William May’s short-lived dissent led to his hiring in 1971 by The Catholic University of America where he went on to attain great influence as a leading pro-life bioethicist, according to a recent piece by Connie Marshner at Human Life Review.


Christendom to Host Apologetics and New Evangelization Conference
12/15/2014
“Encountering Christ: Apologetics and the New Evangelization” is the title of this year’s biennial summer conference held at Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., the College recently announced.


Esteemed Theologian Dr. William May Dies
12/15/2014
The Culture of Life Foundation recently announced the passing of theologian Dr. William May. May was in critical condition following complications arising from an infection, and died on the morning of Saturday, December 13.


Professor Explains Economic Thought of Pope Benedict for Catholic Universities
12/2/2014
The final encyclical of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, offers a unique principle for the application and study of economics and business, argues Belmont Abbey College’s Dr. Gary Scott in this year’s volume of the Catholic Social Science Review.


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.


Fordham Alumni Discuss ‘New Theological Perspectives’ on ‘Sexual and Gender Diversity’
11/25/2014
Fordham University’s alumni services office recently presented a discussion on “Sexuality and the Church,” The Fordham Observer reported. The discussion explored “new theological perspectives, especially with regard to sexual and gender diversity,” according to an event page.


Janet Smith: Church Has ‘Best Explanation of Sexuality’ for Students, Society
10/23/2014
Students at Catholic universities are “greatly cheated” if they don’t come away with an understanding of what the Church teaches on morality and human sexuality, said Dr. Janet Smith.


World Meeting of Families Catechesis a ‘Wealth of Knowledge’ for Catholic Education
10/8/2014
The Catechesis “is a wealth of knowledge that can be used in Catholic education in many ways—but even more foundationally, it touches on the joy of Catholic education,” an organizer of the meeting told The Cardinal Newman Society in an exclusive interview.


Pro-Abortion Rights Students Protest Cardinal Wuerl at Georgetown
9/30/2014
H*yas for Choice, an unofficial student group at Georgetown University, staged a silent protest before an event in which the University awarded an honorary degree to the Archbishop of Washington, D.C., Cardinal Donald Wuerl, according to The Hoya.


Theologian Critiqued by U.S. Bishops Set to Give Fordham Lecture on Evolution and Creation
9/18/2014
Fordham University theologian Sister Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J., whose theological writing has been heavily criticized by the U.S. bishops, is set to deliver the John C. and Jeanette D. Walton Lecture in Science on the topic of evolution and creation.


Mount St. Mary’s Univ. to Host Conference on Marriage and Family
9/9/2014
The 22nd annual national conference of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists (SCSS), which has its headquarters at Franciscan University of Steubenville, will take place at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., Franciscan announced.


Prof. Explains Controversial History of Catholic Theological Society of America
9/9/2014
An associate professor of theology at Providence College, James Keating, recently shared a piece in First Things detailing the controversial history of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA).


Fr. Schall Argues for Necessity of Classical Education
9/4/2014
A classical education is useful and relevant in today’s “battle of life,” argues Father James Schall, S.J.in a recent address given at Kolbe Academy/Trinity Prep, in Napa, Calif., in which he spoke of the importance and necessity of a classical education.


Magdalen President Highlights Pope Benedict’s Vision for Catholic Education
9/4/2014
The president of The College of Saint Mary Magdalen, Dr. George Harne, recently shared his commentary on Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s vision for Catholic higher education and the renewal of Catholic universities.


Notre Dame to Host ‘Gender and Culture’ Summer Program for High Schoolers
9/3/2014
The University of Notre Dame’s 2015 pre-college summer course schedule includes a program entitled “Gender and Culture in American Society.” The program description on the Notre Dame website makes no mention of Catholic teaching on the sexes.


Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict Demonstrate Importance of Education
8/29/2014
Earlier this month, Pope Francis spoke about education with the bishops of Seoul during his visit to South Korea, while Pope Emeritus Benedict celebrated Mass with his former students.


New Catholic Charities Senior VP Explains How CUA Prepared Him for Job
8/25/2014
In his new position, Corbin said he sees how all his studies and experiences are coming together as a culmination of years of preparation.“ This is incredible,” he said, “this is what I’ve been training for or hoping to do and I’m thrilled to be part of it.”


Christendom President Reconfirmed as Pontifical Consultor by Pope Francis
8/21/2014
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. 


Fordham Professor Criticizes Bishops, Accepts Award from LCWR
8/19/2014
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.


Theologian Responds to Catholic Teacher Firings with Ethical Advice
8/5/2014
E. Christian Brugger has responded to recent news and controversies with an analysis considering the question, “Should school teachers, faculty members or school administrators be terminated if they are found guilty of grave moral misconduct in their private lives?”


Professor Defines Role of Theology in Prominent Academic Talk, Criticism Follows
6/19/2014
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.


Leader of Latin American Bishops: Liberation Theology ‘Archaic, If Not Already Dead’
6/9/2014
Archbishop Retes indicated that liberation theology is irrelevant at a recent news conference in Rome... Liberation theology is, however, still prominent on the campuses of many Catholic universities throughout the U.S.


Video: Prof. Highlights Growing Hispanic Catholic Population, Low Catholic School Attendance
6/4/2014
Fifty-five percent of U.S. Catholics under the age of 18 are Hispanic, but more than 95% of them don’t attend Catholic schools, according to Dr. Hosffman Ospino.


George Weigel Calls for Effort to Save Inner-City Catholic Schools
5/30/2014
Weigel, who serves as distinguished senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, describes inner-city Catholic schools as the “Church’s best anti-poverty and empowerment program.”


Never Stop Studying Christ, Priest Tells Holy Apostles College Grads
5/27/2014
Fr. Mullady, who serves as an adjunct faculty member at Holy Apostles in Cromwell, Conn., told students to “strive for accuracy” in presenting the Faith to others.


Fr. Scalia: Veritatis Splendor Became ‘Magna Carta’ for Teaching Moral Theology
5/23/2014
“If we want to know what human freedom looks like, we look to Jesus Christ,” Fr. Scalia said.  “When we live a morally upright life, our life itself becomes a witness to others of the Truth.”


Vatican Excommunicates Theologian Who Simulated Mass
5/23/2014
Theologian Martha Heizer, reportedly a former lecturer in religion at the University of Innsbruck, and the founder of “We Are Church,” was excommunicated by the Vatican along with her husband, Ehemann Gert.


George Weigel at University of Dallas: Take Up Task of Cultural Renewal
5/21/2014
“If the generation of which this Class of 2014 is a part is going to meet the challenge of giving America, and the West, a new birth of freedom, it will do so because it becomes a generation of saints...”


Former Ambassador to Vatican Hired by Loyola Chicago after Harassment Allegation
5/21/2014
Loyola University of Chicago has confirmed that it plans to hire former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, Miguel Diaz, as a theology professor despite recent allegations of sexual harassment.


Georgetown Prof. Defends Jesuit Priest Whose Writing Fell under Vatican Scrutiny
5/16/2014
Fr. Peter Phan defended Fr. Michael Amaladoss, S.J., who reportedly has already agreed to endorse Church teaching in an article after a recent investigation into his writings by the CDF.


Catholic Colleges Leader Rejects Ex Corde Ecclesiae as ‘Checklist,’ Defends Pro-Abortion Speakers
5/14/2014
The president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities has claimed that Pope Saint John Paul II’s Ex corde Ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution for Catholic colleges and universities, is not a “checklist” binding on college leaders.


Former Vatican Ambassador and Catholic Prof. Miguel Diaz Faces Sexual Harassment Claim
5/13/2014
A 2013 investigation conducted by the University of Dayton “found ‘reasonable cause’ to believe” that Miguel Diaz sexually harassed a married couple while working as a professor at the Ohio Catholic university.


Vatican Official Criticizes LCWR Award to Fordham Univ. Professor
5/6/2014
Cardinal Müller said that the LCWR’s decision to give its Outstanding Leadership Award to Sr. Elizabeth Johnson “will be seen as a rather open provocation against the Holy See and the Doctrinal Assessment.”


Catholic Distance University Celebrates 30 Years of Faith and Innovation
4/25/2014
After beginning with two staff members and only paper-based courses, the now online University enrolls students from all 50 states and 64 countries.


Jesuit University Ethics Prof. Writes ‘Civil Same-Sex Marriage: A Catholic Affirmation’
4/24/2014
Lisa Fullam, a professor of moral theology at Santa Clara University’s Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, writes, “...We can all share in those wider, socially critical benefits of marriage, gay and straight, parents and the childless alike.”


Jesuit Criticized by Vatican for ‘Erroneous’ Theology to Give Santa Clara Commencement Speech
4/10/2014
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith pointed out that certain propositions in Liberation theologian Father Jon Sobrino's books are “not in conformity with the doctrine of the Church” including the divinity of Jesus Christ.


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