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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.


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.


Accreditor Gives Christian College Year to Review ‘Homosexual Practice’ Prohibition
9/29/2014
The Wenham, Mass., college was the focus of much criticism when its president joined other academic and religious leaders in signing a letter requesting a religious exemption from President Obama’s executive order prohibiting sexual orientation-based discrimination.


State Senator Endorsed by Planned Parenthood Speaks at Boston College
9/19/2014
Linda Dorcena Forry has voted as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives against defining marriage as between a man and a woman, according to OnTheIssues.org. She also voted against reaffirming 'one nation under God' in pledge of allegiance.


University of Dallas to Feature Lecture 'Marriage as Natural Sacrament'
9/17/2014
University of Dallas announced that a prominent professor from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family is slated to deliver a lecture "Marriage as a Natural Sacrament."


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.


Psychologist Warns of Reality of Pornography on College Campuses
9/12/2014
There is a “subculture of tolerance and even promotion of pornography use” on college campuses that leads students down a slippery slope, argues Dr. Frank Moncher.


Former Polish PM to Speak on Legacy of JPII at Franciscan’s Austria Campus
8/28/2014
Franciscan University of Steubenville issued a news release on Aug. 25 stating that former Polish Prime Minister Hanna Suchocka will speak at an Austrian symposium, held at Franciscan’s study abroad site, on the legacy and contributions of Pope Saint John Paul II.


Catholic Psychologist Considers ‘Transgenderism’ on College Campuses
8/27/2014
When facing new cultural challenges like “transgender” students at Catholic schools, educators must remember that “values are an integral, indivisible part of all that they are,” writes clinical psychologist Dr. Frank Moncher in an analysis published recently.


Our Sunday Visitor Reports on Being Pro-Life on College Campuses
8/22/2014
OSV Newsweekly recently published a piece interviewing several people who are making strides for the pro-life movement in higher education. Their experiences highlight some of the challenges of being pro-life on a college campus.


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. 


Pro-Life Culture at Christendom Bears Fruit at Pregnancy Center
8/19/2014
“Where the rubber hits the road.” These are the words used by Christendom College alumna Mary Brand (’98) to describe her local crisis pregnancy center, and others like it.


Prof. Laments Notre Dame’s Denial of Group Promoting Catholic Teaching on Marriage
8/6/2014
The Irish Rover recently published an article from Robert Oscar Lopez who gives his perspective on the debate surrounding Students for Child Oriented Policy at the University of Notre Dame and argues for the necessity of the group.


Catholics Tell of Faith Journey and Same-Sex Attraction in New Movie by Courage
8/5/2014
Courage International, a Catholic apostolate ministering to persons with same-sex attraction, premiered a new movie at its conference last month giving the stories of three Catholics "who try to navigate the waters of self-understanding, faith, and homosexuality."


New Executive Order Discriminates on Basis of Religious Beliefs, U.S. Bishops Say
7/22/2014
Two chairmen of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement lamenting the discrimination against those with religious beliefs found in President Obama's executive order which failed to include religious freedom protections.


Catholic University Affirms Policy Respecting Catholic Sexual Teaching
7/17/2014
"Our teaching, of course, is that that relationship [should] be a product of exclusive love between two married people," said Lawrence J. Morris, the university's general counsel and a retired Army colonel.


Catholic School Faces Legal Action from Former Teacher Planning Same-Sex Marriage
7/11/2014
A Catholic high school in Georgia is facing a legal complaint from a former teacher whose contract was not renewed after it was discovered through Facebook that "he plans to marry a man," National Public Radio reports.


Backlash Continues against College after Plea for Religious Exemption
7/11/2014
An accrediting agency has decided to review Gordon College after its president signed a letter to President Obama asking for religious freedom protections to be included in a looming executive order.


DePaul Student Group Marches in Chicago Pride Parade with Same-Sex Marriage Advocates
7/3/2014
DePaul University's LGBTQA Student Services Coordinator recently supported an event on Facebook, which read, "DePaul University Joins Chicago's 45th Pride Parade."


Catholic Education Is Key to Renewing Family Life in Society
6/18/2014
Fr. C. John McCloskey places great emphasis on the importance of Catholic education in his recommended remedies to reverse the Culture of Death and promote family life.


Boston College Students March in Pride Parade with Same-Sex Marriage Advocates
6/17/2014
Boston College’s Graduate Pride Alliance—which supports “LGBTQ students,” but also organizes “advocacy events”—recently invited students, alumni, faculty, and staff of the Jesuit institution to take part in the 2014 Boston Pride Parade.


Canadian Bishops Lament Catholic Teachers Group’s Intent to Join ‘LGBTQ Activism’ Parade
6/16/2014
“This decision shows that they and the OECTA [Ontario’s English Catholic Teachers Association] leadership have an inadequate and mistaken understanding of their faith,” wrote Cardinal Collins.


Accreditation of Canadian Christian Law School Threatened Due to Morality Policy
6/11/2014
A new law school at Trinity Western University prohibits students and faculty from sexual relationships outside of traditional marriage.


Notre Dame Grad: University Failing in Duty to Bear Witness to Truth
5/28/2014
Michael Bradley is one of the founding members of the group Students for Child-Oriented Policy which, although upholding Catholic teaching on marriage, was recently denied recognition by the University.


Court Will Not Dismiss Lawsuit of Admin. Fired from Catholic School after Same-Sex Marriage
5/27/2014
A judge has ruled against a Catholic school’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a former administrator who lost his job after his same-sex marriage became public.


‘New Political Correctness’ Evident at Notre Dame
5/22/2014
The National Catholic Register recently published an article drawing insights from Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick J. Reilly regarding a student club that was denied official status by Notre Dame. 


Catholic Colleges Need to Teach Chastity, Says Research Expert
5/15/2014
In a culture that sees nothing wrong with sex outside of marriage, having multiple sexual partners and contraception, Catholic colleges should be an exception to the norm, Dr. Patrick Fagan said.


Notre Dame Denies Recognition for Group Promoting Catholic Teaching on Marriage
5/9/2014
The University of Notre Dame recognized a “gay-straight alliance” student group last academic year, but it has now denied recognition to a student organization created to uphold the Church's position on marriage.


Buffalo Bishop Malone Requires School to Uphold Catholic Identity
5/8/2014
Bishop Malone expressed his gratitude that a local Catholic high school reportedly chose not to compromise its Catholic mission after the institution refused—albeit with apparent reluctance—to announce a same-sex marriage.


Bill Clinton to Deliver Policy Lecture at Alma Mater Georgetown
4/29/2014
Clinton, who is pro-abortion rights, revoked the Mexico City Policy and vetoed a bill banning partial birth abortion while president.


Boston College to Honor Pro-Abortion Rights Secretary of State John Kerry at Graduation
4/25/2014
John Kerry, a Boston College Law School graduate and former senior US senator from Massachusetts, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the University’s 138th annual commencement exercises.


Villanova Hosted Same-Sex Marriage Promoter for Talk on ‘Journey as a Gay Person of Faith’
4/25/2014
Christian recording artist Jennifer Knapp was sponsored by Villanova’s Gay Straight Coalition and the University’s campus ministry for an event including “music and musings on the journey of life” and “finding love”.


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.”


Protesters Oppose Catholic School Teacher Contracts Identifying Unacceptable Behavior
4/24/2014
More than 100 protesters gathered outside the headquarters of the Cincinnati Archdiocese earlier this week to deliver a petition protesting the new contract Catholic school teachers are being asked to sign.


Jesuit USF Set to Honor Cosponsor of Freedom of Choice Act
4/21/2014
University of San Francisco announced that it will give an honorary degree at commencement to Norman Mineta, a past U.S. transportation secretary, congressman, and cosponsor of FOCA.


Gonzaga Law School Speaker Testified in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage
4/16/2014
Gary Gates of The Williams Institute at UCLA will be speaking at the Gonzaga University School of Law on “LGBT Demographics and the Public Square” on Holy Thursday.


Charlotte Bishop Calls for Charity amidst Catholic High School Controversy over Talk
4/16/2014
Bishop Jugis said that there is “no room in the Catholic Church for such displays of uncharitableness and disrespect” following a Catholic high school meeting with parents about a lecture given by a religious sister.


Catholic University in Hawaii Promotes Event with Al Gore Despite His Abortion Rights Support
4/15/2014
Chaminade University in Hawaii is offering tickets to students at a discount price to attend a talk by former Vice President Al Gore, an abortion rights and same-sex marriage advocate.


Drag Show on Catholic Campus Turned Diabolical, Group Says
4/15/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society reported last week that the Vatican’s Congregation for Education stated that a previous drag show at the Catholic university caused “scandal”.


Saint Peter’s University to Honor Mayor Who Officiated at Same-Sex Marriages
4/10/2014
Mayor Steven Fulop of Jersey City will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Jesuit University at its commencement ceremony next month.


College of the Holy Cross to Honor Former Obama Speechwriter at Commencement
4/9/2014
Jon Favreau, a Catholic, recently compared a recent law in Kansas that protected the religious freedom of business owners to Jim Crow Laws.


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