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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.”


Univ. of San Francisco Celebrates SCOTUS Marriage Ruling, Despite Catholic Mission
7/2/2015
While the U.S. bishops responded to last week’s marriage ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court by upholding the teachings of the Catholic Church, one Jesuit university chose to publicly celebrate the decision in direct conflict with its Catholic identity and mission.

Over the weekend, the University of San Francisco (USF), a Jesuit Catholic university, used its Twitter and Facebook accounts to celebrate the San Francisco Pride Parade and the recent 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage in the United States.

“I proudly attend a university that supports the LGBTQ community #Pride #USFCA #SF @usfca,” read a tweet from the University. Another retweet featured the USF mascot at the San Francisco Pride Parade, surrounded by several University students.


Professors Say Catholic Colleges Key to Promoting Church Teaching on Marriage, Family
7/2/2015
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage ruling last week, several professors at faithful Catholic colleges told The Cardinal Newman Society that their institutions must serve as bulwarks in defense of marriage and family against an increasingly secularized culture.

Colleges and universities have significant influence over young people, the professors agreed, and are uniquely primed to propagate Church teaching among the nation’s youth. But the situation now faced by proponents of traditional marriage is unprecedented and presents significant challenges.


Catholic School Teacher Fired for Same-Sex Marriage Files Federal Lawsuit
7/2/2015
A Catholic school in Macon, Ga., is facing a federal discrimination lawsuit from a former teacher whose employment was terminated in 2014 after the school found that he would be legally marrying his same-sex partner.

The teacher, Flint Dollar, taught music at Mount de Sales Academy for three years before his termination on May 21, 2014. The Telegraph reported that Dollar informed the school of his upcoming same-sex marriage when he signed the contract for the 2014-2015 term on May 1, 2014.

“The argument being made in this suit—that a Catholic school’s commitment to upholding Catholic teaching on marriage is discriminatory toward homosexual employees—is a grave threat to Catholic education,” said Patrick Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society.


Notre Dame Policy ‘Opens the Door’ to Campus Group’s LGBTQ Agenda
6/17/2015
The University of Notre Dame’s mistakes may be coming back to haunt it. While faithful Catholics connected to the University implore the administration to stop providing employee marriage benefits to same-sex couples, the founder of a dissident LGBTQ advocacy organization at Notre Dame says the benefits policy “absolutely opens the door” to pressing for more of the group’s objectives.

And although the group is not sponsored by the University, it freely opposes Catholic teaching on campus without apparent restriction or response from Notre Dame, thereby diminishing the University’s Catholic identity.

The Cardinal Newman Society interviewed Jake Bebar, a Notre Dame alumnus and founder of “Out at ND,” the new LGBTQ advocacy organization at Notre Dame, to discuss recent developments and the organization’s goals. Out at ND, launched earlier this year, states that its values include “marriage rights and spousal privileges, relationship equality, sexual orientation and gender identity inclusive non-discrimination clauses and health insurance coverage of transition-related expenses, such as mental health care, hormones and gender affirming surgeries, for students, faculty and staff.”

The unofficial group hopes to increase visibility on campus, LGBTQ advocacy and activist practices within the Notre Dame community. Bebar said that the University’s extension of same-sex employee benefits now puts LGBTQ issues such as housing, non-discrimination clauses, equal access policies and other benefits very much on the table.


Catholic Conference on Homosexuality to Help Educators, Students
5/20/2015
Leading up to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September and the Vatican Synod on the Family to be held in October, the Catholic apostolate Courage International has organized a special conference on ministering to people with same-sex attraction and communicating Catholic teaching on homosexuality to schools, students and parishes.

Courage already hosts an annual conference, but this special conference in Plymouth, Mich., on August 10-12—titled “Welcoming and Accompanying Our Brothers and Sisters with Same-Sex Attraction”—is unique in its focus on the questions outlined in the Lineamenta for the Synod on the Family.

The beauty of Courage’s apostolate is that its presence “makes plain to the world that the Church does understand this question and does have a very practical and thoughtful response,” Father Paul Check, executive director of Courage, told The Cardinal Newman Society in an interview.


Lavender Graduations, Ceremonies on Eight Catholic Campuses
5/15/2015

“Lavender graduations” and celebrations—commencement-related events intended exclusively for homosexual students and their “allies”—continued this year on Catholic campuses, despite confusing students about Catholic teaching and acceptance of homosexual behavior.

In April, Pope Francis addressed the problems with “gender theory” and urged acceptance of sexuality as male and female:As we all know, sexual difference is present in so many forms of life, in the long scale of the living. However, only in man and in woman does it bear in itself the image and likeness of God…Man and woman are [the] image and likeness of God!

This year, the Society found that at least eight Catholic colleges are hosting or have hosted lavender graduations and celebrations.


Newman Society Pres: Catholic Education Becoming 'Battleground' for Religious Freedom
4/30/2015
Catholic education has swiftly become a “battleground” for religious freedom as the federal government relentlessly pushes for the redefinition of marriage, Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly wrote in a recent Crisis Magazine piece.

Colleges and schools that are maintaining Catholic values and Church teaching are most at risk, Reilly noted. On Tuesday, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr., confirmed during an oral argument before the Supreme Court that “religious colleges could lose their tax exemption and suffer other penalties if the Court redefines marriage.”

Reilly reported that Verrilli was asked by Chief Justice John Roberts how a federal redefinition of marriage wouldn’t present an enormous problem to religious schools. Verrilli admitted that there were “issues” posed by federally banning sexual orientation discrimination, not least of which included the possibility that a religious college could lose its nonprofit tax exemption for refusing to accommodate same-sex marriage.


Jannuzzi Case Should Not Discourage Teachers from Evangelizing the Culture, Experts Say
4/24/2015
When a Catholic school teacher is disciplined using a harsh tone in a public debate over a sensitive issue—as happened recently in the controversial case of a New Jersey teacher who was suspended for her Facebook defense of traditional marriage—is there a danger that it could chill teachers’ public witness to the faith? The Cardinal Newman Society spoke to two education experts who acknowledged the challenge for schools and bishops but bemoaned any actions that might prevent teachers from fulfilling their calling as witnesses for Christ.

Last week, Immaculata High School in Somerville, N.J., announced that Patricia Jannuzzi, a Catholic school teacher who garnered national attention when she was suspended for comments defending traditional marriage on her Facebook page, would continue her employment so long as she monitors her tone and choice of words when addressing matters of faith in public.

Numerous Vatican documents speak to the importance of teachers engaging the culture and evangelizing their students, but incidents like the Januzzi suspension can make teachers nervous about the consequences of using a tone or word choice that is offensive or misconstrued.


Newman Society’s Guernsey Reveals What Really Happened with Marin Nuns in San Francisco
4/24/2015
Amid continued attacks on Archbishop Cordileone’s defense of Catholic education, opponents in San Francisco have turned their attention to the faithful Dominican sisters at Marin Catholic high school, noted Dr. Dan Guernsey, director of K-12 education programs for The Cardinal Newman Society, in his recent article for Crisis Magazine.

Guernsey cut through the media confusion, highlighting what really happened at Marin Catholic and explaining why the religious educators should be praised for their faithful efforts.

“What really happened last week at the school is that a positive, acceptable message of stopping bullying in school was clouded and possibly manipulated by a national agenda of pushing errant teaching on human sexuality that left the sisters in an initially uncomfortable situation,” wrote Guernsey, who has been both a student and teacher in San Francisco Bay Area Catholic schools and is a graduate of the University of San Francisco.

“However, the situation has now afforded the school an opportunity for both a reaffirmation of the protection and dignity for all students, and for a clearer understanding of the beauty of God’s plan for human sexuality.”


Brave Nuns Stand Up for Catholic Teaching, Says Newman Society’s Guernsey
4/24/2015
It was a brave decision by faithful nuns at Marin Catholic High School in San Francisco to stand up for Catholic teaching, according to Dr. Dan Guernsey, director of K-12 education programs at The Cardinal Newman Society, in his recent op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle.

This type of witness is the action that teachers in the Archdiocese of San Francisco should be lauding, especially as Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone attempts to fortify the Catholic identity of his schools.

“This took courage,” Guernsey said. “The faithful nuns that teach at Marin Catholic High School in the San Francisco archdiocese seek to be full and credible witnesses to Christ and his church, teaching Catholic beliefs and making saints in a culture which too often misunderstands and even opposes these efforts.”

On April 17, students at Marin Catholic, without the approval of the administration, arranged for the school to participate in a “Day of Silence” supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. The sisters noticed students wearing stickers, pledging to remain silent and handing out flyers. Not wanting to violate the school’s mission by appearing to support the agenda, the sisters returned to their convent until the situation was sorted out. Some students and fellow teachers, who failed to recognize the motivation behind the nuns’ exit, were reportedly frustrated with their decision.

“It was not the message about protecting gay and lesbian students from abuse or bullying that concerned them,” Guernsey wrote. “[I]t was the event’s sponsorship by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, which works to ‘champion LGBT issues in K-12 education,’ including redefining marriage and opposing religious-freedom protections.”


San Diego University’s Drag Show Snubs Vatican, Challenges New Bishop
4/17/2015
On Thursday, the first full day in office for San Diego’s new Catholic bishop, the Catholic University of San Diego (USD) hosted a “drag show” that the Vatican last year described as “scandalous.”

Attorney Charles LiMandri, who founded Alumni for a Catholic USD and helped file a petition to the Vatican against the University’s annual cross-dressing event, spoke with The Cardinal Newman Society to discuss why USD is continuing to ignore the Vatican and even the recent words of Pope Francis.

Last year, the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education responded to the petition submitted by LiMandri and Thomas McKenna, founder and president of Catholic Action for Faith and Family. The Congregation’s letter deemed the drag show a “scandal” and declared its intentions “to act through administrative channels to the competent ecclesiastical authority in San Diego.”

But despite the Vatican’s response, the University held its fourth edition of the event on April 16, Bishop Robert McElroy’s first full day as the bishop of San Diego. The show was titled “Celebration of Gender Expression: Supreme Drag Superstar IV.”

“We have the opportunity and a clean slate with a new bishop and a new president,” LiMandri said. “I am hoping and praying that this is the last drag show at USD.”

“I feel very sorry for the students who are there [at USD] now,” he added, “because they are not only being deprived of the experience of an authentic Catholic education, but they are being given something directly opposite it under the guise of a Catholic education. And that’s very tragic.”


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.


‘Right Thing to Do’: Sens. Cruz, Lankford Make Last-Ditch Effort to Protect D.C. Religious Schools
3/20/2015
With only three weeks remaining for Congress to overturn two Washington, D.C., laws that violate the religious freedom of Catholic schools and colleges—as well as other religious and pro-life organizations—Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and James Lankford of Oklahoma have done the “right thing” by introducing joint resolutions this week, said The Cardinal Newman Society’s Bob Laird.

The District’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA) and the Human Rights Amendment Act (HRAA) were signed into law by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser in January, despite significant concerns by The Cardinal Newman Society, The Catholic University of America, the D.C. Catholic Conference, and Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl. Several other D.C.-based organizations—both religious and pro-life—have called on Congress to protect their constitutional rights to religious practice and free speech.


Jesuit U. Hosts Event for Group Protesting Efforts to Strengthen San Francisco Catholic Schools
3/17/2015
The University of San Francisco hosted a forum on March 16 sponsored by a group actively petitioning against Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s efforts to fortify Catholic identity in Archdiocese of San Francisco Catholic schools.


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.


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.


Newman Society Pledges to ‘Expose’ Colleges that Honor Marriage Opponents
3/12/2015
Corporations calling for the legal redefinition of marriage should be barred from receiving honors and awards at Catholic educational institutions, argued Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly in a recent interview with Breitbart News.


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.”


Cardinal Newman Society Statement Opposing Honors and Platforms for Proponents of Legal Redefinition of Marriage
3/11/2015
On March 5, 2015, 379 corporations and business groups submitted an amicus brief, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to declare “marriage rights” for same-sex persons. Such a ruling conflicts directly with Catholic teaching and the position of the U.S. Catholic bishops.


Christian College Stands for Religious Freedom, Catholic College Retaliates by Cancelling Sports Matches
3/11/2015
Emmanuel College athletic director Pam Roeker formally severed ties with Gordon College after learning that the College’s president was among several religious leaders to sign a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a religious exemption, according to The Hub.


Creighton Theology Prof. Wants Church to Be Morally Neutral toward Homosexuality
3/10/2015
A professor of theology at Creighton University was recently quoted in the student newspaper and described as recommending “more morally neutral” language in the Catholic Church regarding homosexuality. The article made no mention of Church teaching.


Congress Needs to Overturn Unconstitutional D.C. Laws, Say Heritage Foundation Scholars
3/10/2015
Congress has a responsibility to stop two unconstitutional bills due to their potential to severely impede religious freedom in the District of Columbia, Ryan Anderson and Sarah Torre contend in a recent issue brief from The Heritage Foundation.


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.


Fordham Students Encouraging Use of ‘Gender Fluid’ Language
3/3/2015
A group of students at Fordham University is requiring students to use “gender fluid” language and corrects those who fail to do so. The Jesuit university has continued to allow such groups to operate on campus despite views contrary to Church teaching on gender identity.


Cardinal Wuerl: Catholics Should Speak up for Faith amidst Religious Freedom Attacks
3/3/2015
This Lent gives Catholics a perfect opportunity to defend the faith, argued Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington in a recent post critiquing the double standard presented by two Washington, D.C., laws attacking the religious freedom of Catholic schools.


Catholic School Won’t March in St. Patrick’s Parade, Cites Concerns with Homosexual Advocacy
3/3/2015
Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Still River, Mass., chose to opt out of Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade following an announcement that a homosexual activist group will be marching in the parade “while publicly identifying its homosexuality,” according to Life Site News.



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.


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