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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.


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.


Students Encouraged to Bring Same-Sex Dates to ‘Rainbow Prom’ at Santa Clara University
2/13/2015
The Rainbow Prom has been held for the past five years and has reportedly become "one of the most popular on-campus events of the year" with "hundreds of students" in attendance. Last year's prom was titled "Say 'I Do' to Marriage Equality."


Catholic Colleges Must Motivate Alumni to Stand for Religious Freedom
2/9/2015
Catholic colleges and universities should rally their alumni networks to defend religious freedom, argued David French, senior counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice, in a recent interview with The Cardinal Newman Society.


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.


Saint Louis Univ. Dialogues with Students Opposed to Pro-Traditional Marriage Event
2/9/2015
The administration at Saint Louis University has opened a dialogue with a student homosexual advocacy group which protested a pro-traditional marriage conference and demanded a “diversity and inclusion” event be funded by the University.


‘Human Rights’ Include Religious Freedom
2/6/2015
The concept of human rights has been misused to silence traditional understandings of marriage and family. The most recent example of this misappropriation is the District of Columbia's attack on the religious freedom of religious schools and organizations, argues Kathryn Lopez.


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.


Interview: Armstrong Amendment’s Author Says D.C. Will Lose Fight against Religious Educators
1/29/2015
Former U.S. Senator William Armstrong, who authored the 1989 “Armstrong Amendment”, told The Cardinal Newman Society that he expects D.C.’s repeal of the Amendment to be overturned by Congress or federal courts.


Most Catholic College Alumni in U.S. Senate Support Abortion Rights
1/20/2015
An analysis of the current U.S. Senate reveals that, of senators who attended Catholic colleges and universities, most have either voted or taken a public position in support of abortion rights, despite unchanging Catholic teaching on the dignity of human life.


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.


Ontario Catholic Schools Required to Adopt Curriculum Encouraging Sexual Immorality
1/19/2015
Catholic schools in Ontario, Canada, will be unable to opt out of a mandatory sexual education curriculum that will allegedly encourage immoral sexual activity and teachings contrary to the Catholic Church, according to Life Site News.


Charlotte Diocese School Dismisses Employee after Same-Sex Marriage Announced
1/15/2015
Charlotte Catholic High School recently informed one of its teachers that he could not work at the school following the announcement of his impending same-sex marriage, another instance of schools around the country taking measures to protect and ensure their Catholic identity.


Georgetown Students Join Rally Advocating Coverage for Transgender ‘Transitioning’
1/14/2015
Georgetown students reportedly joined a march outside the Justice Department, advocating for gender transitioning insurance coverage and a federal ban on conversion therapy for minors, among other demands, according to The Hoya.


Catholic Colleges Must Launch ‘Revolution of Love of God’ to Protect Religious Freedom
1/6/2015
While the continuing attacks on the religious freedom of Catholic institutions can be traced back to a failure by believers to witness to the Faith, students formed by faithful Catholic university education have an opportunity to turn things around, argues Kathryn Lopez.


D.C. Legislation Jeopardizing Religious Freedom Places Church ‘at a Crossroad’
1/6/2015
The unanimous approval of two bills jeopardizing the religious freedom of The Catholic University of America and Catholic institutions in D.C. has effectively placed the Church and its associated institutions “at a crossroad,” remarked Robert Laird, in a recent Crisis Magazine piece.


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.


Xavier Univ. Workshop Aimed to ‘Challenge Gender Roles’
12/19/2014
Xavier University recently hosted a student workshop designed to “challenge gender roles,” which apparently failed to integrate the Church’s teaching on sexual 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.


Catholic Higher Ed. Threatened by ‘LGBT Advocacy’ Argues Professor
12/18/2014
Catholic higher education is at considerable risk due to the advance of “sexual radicalism and extreme LGBT advocacy,” argued professor Robert Oscar Lopez in a recent piece at Public Discourse. Such advocacy at Catholic colleges often seeks to destabilize Catholic identity.


Pro-Life Publication at Catholic U. Named a Best Journal
12/17/2014
A pro-life academic journal, published by students at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C., was recently recognized by an award from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and the Collegiate Network.


Objection to Same-Sex Marriage Called ‘Harassment’ in Marquette Univ. Training
12/11/2014
Marquette University provided its employees with an anti-harassment training program which promoted the idea that criticism of same-sex marriage should be reported as harassment, despite clear Catholic teaching on marriage as between one man and one woman.


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.


Report by Pro Same-Sex Marriage Group Touted at Gonzaga
11/26/2014
The Human Rights Campaign report detailed the "status of LGBT equality" in various cities and lauded "incredible advances toward marriage equality in states across the nation," adding that "we celebrate these victories, but know our work is far from over."


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.


Controversy over Same-Sex Marriage Discussion at Marquette Gets National Attention
11/25/2014
“I’m not a Catholic—but it seems to me Marquette University is one of those CINO schools—Catholic in Name Only,” wrote Fox News & Commentary host Todd Starnes, concerning the controversy over discussing same-sex marriage in the classroom at the Jesuit University.


St. Michael’s College Features Alumnus Senator Who Opposes Church Teaching
11/14/2014
St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt., recently featured an interview with U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy in its alumni magazine and on its website, despite Leahy’s record of opposing Church teaching on issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage.


‘Pride and Ambivalence’ Mark Young Catholics’ Attitude to Church, Study Says
11/14/2014
Young Catholics are adopting an attitude of disregard for Church teaching while decidedly remaining Catholic, according to results from a study recently announced by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Prof. from UST-Minnesota Tries to Justify Same-Sex Marriage Acceptance from Scripture
11/13/2014
Professor Gerald Schlabach of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota recently published a piece for The Christian Century utilizing the writing of St. Paul to create an argument legitimizing acceptance of same-sex marriage.


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.


Villanova Prof. Gives Lecture to Students on ‘Moving Beyond the Gender Binary’
11/10/2014
Villanova University recently hosted its second annual “LGBTQ Awareness Week,” a four-day event organized by the Villanova Gay-Straight Coalition, according to The Villanovan, including a lecture that apparently undermined Catholic teaching on sexual identity.


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.


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.


Religious Freedom at Catholic Institutions May Be Threatened after D.C. Bills Pass First Vote
10/29/2014
Two controversial  bills passed their first reading and vote as part of the D.C. Council Consent Agenda on Tuesday, Oct. 28. The final passage of the bills may seriously violate the religious freedom of Catholic educational institutions in the city.



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.


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.


Helen Hull Hitchcock ‘Awakened the Voices of Faithful Catholic Women’
10/22/2014
Helen Hull Hitchcock, founding director of Women for Faith and Family, passed away due to complications from a burst aneurysm on Oct. 20, 2014, at the age of 75.


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.”


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.


DePaul University Testing 'Queer Peers' Mentorship Program
10/17/2014
DePaul University’s LGBTQA Student Services office is piloting a new initiative called “Queer Peers,” according to The DePaulia, in which “newly out students” are connected with current students. The application offers the option to indicate gender-neutral pronouns and interest in activism.


Courage Director Fr. Check Comments on Passage about Homosexuals in Synod Report
10/16/2014
Members of the international Courage apostolate have responded “with dismay, concern and some pain” to the Extraordinary Synod for the Family’s recent midterm report passage on homosexuality, which has been subsequently updated, according to the National Catholic Register.


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."


Wyoming Catholic President Weighs Religious Freedom Concerns in Light of High Court ‘Indecision’ on Marriage
10/9/2014
The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal this week to review petitions from lower courts effectively upheld and legalized same-sex unions in 11 states. Wyoming Catholic College President Dr. Kevin Roberts commented on the high court’s “indecision and inaction."


Catholic University Cancels Student Event Due to Concerns over Advocacy
10/8/2014
The Catholic University of America recently canceled a student group’s viewing of the movie “Milk” after the administration learned that the event was intended to kickoff “LGBT Awareness Month.”


Cardinal Burke at Synod Says ‘Defective Catechesis’ is Danger to Catholic Family
10/6/2014
“Defective catechesis” is one of the greatest challenges to the Catholic family today, said Cardinal Raymond Burke in an interview today with Vatican Radio regarding the Extraordinary Synod on the Family.


Fairfield University’s Prep School Invites Same-Sex Marriage Advocate to Speak
10/6/2014
Gregory Angelo, a “marriage equality” advocate and the executive director of Log Cabin Republicans—the nation’s “largest organization representing gay conservatives”—will be the guest speaker at Fairfield University’s Fairfield College Preparatory School alumni event.


Scholars Write to Pope Francis, Hope to Turn Marriage Crisis ‘On Its Head’
10/3/2014
The letter comes in anticipation of the upcoming Synod on the Family, and hopes to address the growing concerns surrounding marriage related issues: pornography, "no fault divorce," cohabitation before marriage, and more.


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