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Newman Society’s Guernsey Reflects on World Congress with Educators, Pope Francis
After a week in Rome with more than 2,000 educators from Catholic schools and universities around the world, it is time to remind ourselves of the continued need for faithful Catholic education, and that its efforts will only be successful if they are rooted in the truth and tradition of the Church, said Dr. Dan Guernsey, director of K-12 education programs for The Cardinal Newman Society.

While the recent Congress, “Educating for Today and Tomorrow: A Renewing Passion,” hosted by the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education was a rich, multi-cultural experience, it left certain issues untouched and in need of further clarification.

In his recent piece “Challenges and Ambiguities at the World Congress on Education” for Crisis Magazine, Guernsey reflected on his time at the Vatican and Castel Gandolfo, which he described as “an amazing and rich experience.”

Catholic Education ‘Still Worth Fighting For,’ Says World Congress Presenter
Catholic educators should be encouraged by the commitment and passion shown at the Vatican's recent World Congress for education, Michael Van Hecke, president of the Catholic Textbook Project, told The Cardinal Newman Society in an interview conducted last week from Castel Gandalfo where the event was held.

The value and worth of Catholic education was edified by the central themes of the Congress, particularly the Christocentric approach to education, said Van Hecke, who was invited to speak at the “Educating Today and Tomorrow: A Renewing Passion” Congress and who also serves as headmaster of a Newman Society Honor Roll school, Saint Augustine Academy, in Ventura, Calif.

“Two things struck me particularly. One was the real commitment and passion by virtually every speaker about the importance of really making sure everybody keeps Christ in Catholic education, and [two] that Catholic education is still worth fighting for,” he told the Newman Society.

Universities Will Find Success in Faithful Teacher Formation, Curriculum, Says Congress Presenter
Teacher formation and a strong, value-oriented curriculum are critical to the success of good Catholic universities, especially in a culture that can be exceedingly motivated by self-interest, Dr. Alfonso Sánchez-Tabernero, rector of the University of Navarra in Spain, told The Cardinal Newman Society in an interview conducted during the recent World Congress, “Educating Today and Tomorrow: A Renewing Passion,” in Rome.

“In a Catholic university we are supposed to be also good Catholic professors, so why not emphasize the need to explain, to know and to live his or her faith,” Sánchez-Tabernero told the Newman Society.

As one of the presenters during the University sessions of the World Congress hosted by the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education last week, Sánchez-Tabernero spoke on the need to train faculty and offer continued faith formation as professors rise through the ranks of a university.

Newman Society Reports From Rome: Analysis of Education World Congress Day 3
Dr. Guernsey, Mr. Laird and other representatives of The Cardinal Newman Society were in Rome for the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education’s “Educating Today and Tomorrow: A Renewing Passion” World Congress. Here they reflect on the third day of the Congress, reporting from Castel Gandolfo overlooking Lake Albano in Italy.

“When we reflect back on Gravissimum [Educationis], very clearly it states that the teachers are almost entirely responsible for the fulfillment of the mission of a Catholic school. They are ground zero. They are where the action happens, and so we need to make sure our teachers have special qualities of mind and heart. And Gravissimum goes on to encourage the teachers to let them know how important it is, and how important that they model, both with their lives and their actions, the Gospel.”

Newman Society Reports from Rome: Analysis of Education World Congress Day 2
International presenters at the second day of the World Congress on Catholic Education stressed that “integral formation” of students must be first and foremost in Catholic education, according to The Cardinal Newman Society’s on-site attendees Dan Guernsey and Bob Laird.

“Presentations have almost unanimously recorded the importance of integral formation; forming the entire student — mind, body, soul, spirit — in a rich, Catholic community,” said Guernsey, who is the Newman Society’s director of K-12 education programs.

“This is very important for Catholic schools around the world, but particularly in the United States, where we’re dealing [with] issues with state-sponsored curriculum,” he noted.

As Faithful Educators Gather in Rome, Newman Society Poised to Provide Answers
After talking to numerous educators and witnessing many global perspectives on education, it is clear that The Cardinal Newman Society is well-positioned to continue answering the educational emergencies developing in the United States, said the Newman Society’s vice president for program development Bob Laird, who is currently attending the World Congress on Catholic education.

“It is very clear that The Cardinal Newman Society is poised to provide answers to the challenges discussed during the Congress,” said Laird, noting the Society’s keen grasp of pertinent education issues including religious freedom, Catholic identity, student life, curriculum and academics.

“The Cardinal Newman Society is poised to be a leader in Catholic education at both the K-12 level and at the college-university level because it has over the years continued to use the rich history and tradition of the Catholic Church as a backdrop for moving forward into the future,” he said.

At World Congress in Rome, Newman Society Raises Common Core Concerns
When it comes to the “educational emergency” developing in the United States, it is essential that Catholic schools maintain a strong Catholic identity in “an era of nationalized curriculum” and relativism, Dr. Dan Guernsey, director of K-12 education programs for The Cardinal Newman Society, said in an interview from Rome where he is attending the Vatican’s World Congress on education.

“Education is not just about skill development and it's not just about the quantification of abilities to make a buck. It really is about creating fully alive and fully functioning people,” Guernsey told Rome Reports, noting the insufficiency of a nationalized curriculum and standards for Catholic schools.

“The Common Core is this new set of state standards that's gone in throughout the United States. And they're very secularized, very utilitarian, very much based on college and career,” he said.

Catholic Education Offers Key Solution to Secularism, Newman Society President Says
Catholic education must be embraced as a key solution to, not just a victim of, threats to religious freedom and an increasingly secular culture, argued The Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly in a lecture and panel discussion at Franciscan University of Steubenville last Friday.

“At a time when the New Evangelization is focused on casting its nets wide but shallow, we should also consider the depth of the integral formation that Catholic education provides, ensuring a deep commitment to the Faith and the more complete preparation of our young people for sainthood in a difficult and often hostile culture,” Reilly told an audience of faculty, students and guests at the Steubenville, Ohio, campus.

A panel of Franciscan University leaders responded to Reilly’s address, identifying the many ways that the University embraces its Catholic mission. Educators discussed their commitment to exploring new ways of impacting the culture and ensuring a new generation of Catholic leaders to confront the challenges of secularism. The panel speakers included University President Father Sean Sheridan, TOR; Dr. Daniel Kempton, vice president for academic affairs; and David Schmiesing, vice president of student life.

White House Shouldn’t Interfere with Catholic Education, Says Catholic Schools Expert
Catholics must continue to push for the religious freedom needed to carry out the mission and purpose of Catholic education, despite White House attempts to interfere with Catholic schools, argued Dr. Jamie Arthur, senior fellow and manager of The Cardinal Newman Society’s Catholic Education Honor Roll, in a Breitbart op-ed yesterday.

“Catholics who value the mission of Catholic education will continue to demand religious freedom so that we can live out our faith—without intimidation or any type of persecution—for generations to come,” Arthur wrote.

Last month, the Newman Society reported that the White House assisted the Human Rights Campaign—which claims to be the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization—in obtaining tickets for fired Catholic school teacher Margie Winters and her same-sex partner Andrea Vettori to attend Pope Francis’ visit to the White House. 

Pope Francis Will Find U.S. Catholic Education Struggling, But Many Signs of Hope
When Pope Francis arrives in the United States on September 22, he will find Catholic education not only in a crisis of truth and faith but also fighting for survival, Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly writes in a special issue from Inside The Vatican commemorating the Holy Father’s upcoming visit.

However, the renewal begun by his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, is already taking hold in America and offers a new sense of hope for those who desire authentic and faithful Catholic education, Reilly explains.

In his article, “The ‘Crisis of Truth’ (and the Renewal) in American Catholic Education,” Reilly details the struggles in Catholic schools and colleges and the response needed to restore faithful education.

Newman Society, Pro-Life Leaders Demand Attention to Planned Parenthood Scandal
Following the release of an investigative report exposing outrageous ties between Catholic colleges and Planned Parenthood, The Cardinal Newman Society has joined with pro-life leaders to demand media coverage of Planned Parenthood’s horrific practices.

Brent Bozell, president of Media Research Center and a member of the Newman Society’s board of directors, organized the joint letter to network news chiefs at ABC, CBS and NBC. “Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion business and targets college students and other young adults, luring them into the Culture of Death,” said Newman Society President Patrick Reilly, who signed the letter.  “Americans need to know what their tax dollars and even some Catholic institutions are supporting.”

Other leaders listed among the 28 signers include Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List, Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America, Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America, Lila Rose of Live Action, John-Henry Westen of, Steven Ertelt of, and Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition.

Newman Society Report Reveals Planned Parenthood Ties to Catholic Colleges
The Cardinal Newman Society has published a new report exposing engagement between Catholic colleges and Planned Parenthood, calling on Catholic educators to dissolve any associations with the nation’s largest abortion business and to teach students about the dignity of every human life. 

Prompted by the recent videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s abhorrent practices, including the harvesting and selling of aborted baby body parts, reporters Justin Petrisek and Kimberly Scharfenberger searched Catholic college websites for connections to the abortion giant. The results prove that Planned Parenthood is still a corruptive and powerful force, even on Catholic campuses that claim to uphold Catholic values. 

The report, A More Scandalous Relationship: Catholic Colleges and Planned Parenthood, was summarized in a Crisis Magazine article this week by Petrisek and Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly. Several media outlets and Catholic websites have picked up the story, including New Oxford Review,, Fr. Z’s Blog, Townhall, New Advent, Church Militant and Spirit Daily.

Case Representing Little Sisters, Newman Society Goes Back to Supreme Court
For the second time in two years, attorneys representing a broad class of Catholic institutions, including The Cardinal Newman Society, have turned to the Supreme Court for relief from the morally objectionable HHS Mandate. Earlier this week, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled for the government and refused to grant these religious organizations an exemption.

“The federal government is determined to keep playing theologian and determine for religious institutions what their beliefs really require of them,” said Tom Mead, executive vice president of The Cardinal Newman Society. “The Supreme Court must put a stop to this once and for all.”

The lawsuit, widely known as The Little Sisters of the Poor case, also involves the Christian Brothers Health Benefits Trust, which has refused to comply with the HHS mandate and provides morally appropriate insurance benefits for dozens of Catholic organizations.

Catholic Education ‘Necessary Response’ to Supreme Court Ruling, Newman Society President Tells EWTN
Despite serious challenges facing Catholic education in the aftermath of the recent Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly told Jason Calvi of EWTN News Nightly that Catholics must preserve Catholic education.

“The truth is still the truth and we have to keep teaching it,” Reilly stated in the interview that aired Wednesday. “We have to teach a new generation.”

For those disappointed by the recent Supreme Court ruling on marriage, the outlook is not entirely bleak, Reilly explained. “I think things are very hopeful in a certain respect,” he said. “Catholic education in many ways is a necessary response to the Supreme Court ruling.”

Newman Society Issues Marriage Statement on Steps of U.S. Supreme Court
Vice President Bob Laird today issued a Cardinal Newman Society statement on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to press for religious freedom as well as sustained fidelity in Catholic schools and colleges to the truth about marriage. 

LifeSiteNews organized the press conference in response to the Court’s ruling last week in Obergefell v. Hodges, even as the nation prepares to celebrate American independence and the religious freedom upon which America was founded. Laird, the Newman Society’s vice president for program development, issued the following statement.

Wyoming College’s Decision to Forego Federal Aid Protects Catholic Identity

Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyo., recently became the latest among a small number of American colleges choosing not to participate in the federal student aid program in order to protect their mission from government intrusion.

Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., also does not participate in the federal aid program. Both colleges are recommended in The Newman Guide for their strong Catholic identity. interviewed Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly on this development, and he identified some of the threats from the federal government that persuaded Wyoming Catholic to reject the government aid. Although Reilly noted that many Catholic colleges accept federal student aid without compromising their Catholic identity, he agreed with Wyoming Catholic’s apprehension about the future.

Newman Society Pledges to ‘Expose’ Colleges that Honor Marriage Opponents
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.

Marquette’s Treatment of Banned Professor Shows ‘Hypocrisy of Academic Freedom’
Marquette University’s action banning professor John McAdams, even though a radically dissident professor has thrived at the Jesuit university for years, is indicative of the “hypocrisy of academic freedom today,” Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly said.

Archbishop Cordileone a ‘True Shepherd of Catholic Schools,’ Argues Newman Society’s Bob Laird
Despite severe criticism, Archbishop Cordileone is taking a stand and helping Catholic schools fulfill their true mission, argued Bob Laird, vice president for program development at The Cardinal Newman Society, in his San Francisco Chronicle op-ed.

Faithful Catholic Colleges Set Standard for Next Generation of Catholic Higher Ed.
A recent PJ Media article compares the compromising of religious mission at many older Catholic colleges with examples of faithful Catholic colleges, observing that the latter institutions are paving the way for the future of Catholic higher education.

As Many Jesuit Universities Go with Secular Flow, Neglect of Catholic Mission Continues
While Catholic identity abuse continues at many Jesuit universities, several leaders and staff members from Jesuit institutions interviewed in the recent Atlantic article apparently accept the status quo.

D.C. ‘Bullies’ Threaten Catholic Educators, Reilly Warns in Wall Street Journal
In a Wall Street Journal column published on Saturday, Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly laments the Washington, D.C. Council’s vote to repeal an exemption to the D.C. Human Rights Act will leave Catholic schools and colleges powerless.

Families Praise ‘Brilliant’ Program Helping Students Get Recruited by Faithful Colleges
“Catholic high school students are enjoying a whole new college search process with ‘Recruit Me,’” reported Aleteia, highlighting the success of the The Cardinal Newman Society’s innovative new Recruit Me project with comments from parents and college admissions directors.

Catholic Educators Appeal to Obama Administration for Relief from HHS Mandate
Today a coalition including The Cardinal Newman Society, leaders of Catholic schools and colleges, and the expert attorneys of the Alliance Defending Freedom told the Obama administration that its latest rule still “directly violates the religious liberty of organizations and individuals.”

Newman Society: Gates Foundation’s ‘Heavy-Handed Interference in Catholic Education’ Invites Scrutiny
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s efforts to push the Common Core in Catholic schools “will only raise more questions” about the standards, said Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick J. Reilly in an interview with Breitbart News.

Bill Donohue: Common Core Proponents Strong-Arming Catholic Schools
Catholic League president Bill Donohue wrote in an article today, “[W]e do object to the tactics being used by paid advocates [of Common Core] to whip Catholics into line.”

Obama Admin Targets More than 400 Catholic Organizations for HHS Mandate
The Obama administration’s indication that it will continue its fight for enforcement of its “HHS mandate” against religious nonprofits, could immediately affect more than 400 Catholic organizations participating in the Christian Brothers Trust, including The Cardinal Newman Society.

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.

‘New Political Correctness’ Evident at Notre Dame
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. 

Register Radio Zeros in on Good and Bad in Catholic Commencements
“It seems that we are regressing,” lamented Jeanette De Melo. “We have twenty, what I would say ‘poor choices’ this year, as opposed to only six last year.”  

Bishops' Common Core Statement Could Be 'Turning Point,' Says Newman Society President
“This is an opportunity for Catholic schools to rediscover and embrace their core mission,” Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick J. Reilly told Breitbart News. 

Newman Society President: Graduation Scandals Insult to Pope St. John Paul II
The National Catholic Register recently featured insights from Society President Patrick J. Reilly on the selection of commencement speakers and honorees by Catholic colleges and universities.

‘FOX & Friends’ Spotlights Common Core Concerns in Newman Society Interview
“…So there’s a fundamental difference in what Common Core is doing – it’s preparing kids for what happens after 18, versus preparing kids for life.”

FOX News Features Common Core in Catholic Schools Debate, Newman Society Interviewed
“Beauty, truth, and knowledge” are lost when Catholic schools adopt the Common Core, Bob Laird told FOX News correspondent Peter Doocy.

Cardinal Newman Society Weighs-In on National Common Core Debate
“We need to start with the basis of our Catholic faith and then build our curriculum around that... The mission of the Common Core is dramatically different than the mission of Catholic education,” said Bob Laird.

Supreme Court Temporarily Halts HHS Mandate for Many Catholic Organizations
The Court on Friday barred the Obama administration from enforcing the HHS contraceptive mandate against Christian Brothers Services—which includes The Cardinal Newman Society among its many Catholic clients.

Newman Society Responds to Catholic School Controversies Over Same-Sex Marriage
"The Catholic Church is becoming more countercultural, not because the Church’s teaching is changing, but because the culture is changing, and many Catholics are changing with it,” said Newman Society President Patrick Reilly.

Newman Guide Colleges Worth the Cost, Reports EWTN
The Catholic University of America and Christendom College, which are recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, “aim to stand out from the crowd,” said Colleen Carroll Campbell.

VIDEO: 'Our Common Core is the Catholic faith,' Newman Society’s Reilly Tells EWTN’s Arroyo
Cardinal Newman Society president Patrick J. Reilly pointedly stated that Common Core is “something that we don’t want, and it’s something that we don’t need.” 

Loyola Marymount Univ. President, Abortion Activists Lash Out at Newman Society
LMU president and a pro-abortion website lashed out yesterday in response to The Cardinal Newman Society’s reports about LMU professors demanding insurance coverage for abortion.

Duquesne Univ., Newman Society Harassed for Defending First Amendment Rights
A column that tries to link Duquesne’s refusal to accept federal authority over personnel negotiations with the tragic death of a former adjunct professor is getting attention from labor union proponents.

Newman Society Interview on National Pro-Life Radio
Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick J. Reilly recently discussed the work of the Society with pro-life leader Steve Peroutka in an episode of “Face the Truth, Coast to Coast.” 

Newman Society’s Laird Receives Catholic Press Association Award
Bob Laird’s article, “Fighting the HHS Mandate,” chronicles the Obama administration’s refusal to allow many religious groups exemptions from mandatory health insurance requirements.

‘Look to Media as an Apostolic Opportunity’ Says Newman Society Board Member
Catholics should welcome the opportunities to discuss their faith, said Kathryn Lopez, stressing that “this is our gospel mandate, to let people know what is worth living and dying for.” 

Good to Be Homosexual at Georgetown, Reports The New York Times
“Every month is a good month to be gay at Georgetown.” That’s what Thomas Lloyd, president of Georgetown’s campus Pride group, reportedly told The New York Times.

Married Practicing Catholics Feel Most Loved in Sex, Study Finds
U.S. News & World Report has an article up featuring the findings of a survey reporting that "Devout, married Catholics have the best sex of any demographic group."

Newman Society, Sen. Murray on HHS Mandate
An article in today's New York Times sets The Cardinal Newman Society against the views of U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, a proponent of abortion rights, embryonic stem cell research and contraception.

Finding Solutions to the Hook-up Culture on College Campuses
"It's clearly in the interests of both colleges and the students they serve to change the culture," writes Cardinal Newman Society programs director Bob Laird today in an op ed for the LA Times.

Patrick Reilly: “I’ve Seen Significant Improvement in Catholic Higher Education”
Patrick Reilly, the president of The Cardinal Newman Society, told The Washington Examiner about his own faith, the secularization of many Catholic college and the “significant improvement in Catholic higher education” he has seen in recent years.

Daily Caller: CNS Speaks Out Against NLRB Violations
The Daily Caller features Patrick Reilly, the president of The Cardinal Newman Society, speaking out against the overstepping National Labor Relations Board.

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