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Newman Society Statement on Supreme Court's Marriage Ruling
6/26/2015
Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly issued the following statement today, in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to extend the legal recognition of marriage beyond one man and one woman: 

We want our members to rest assured: The Cardinal Newman Society is committed to Truth and to faithful Catholic education, and therefore we accept one true definition of marriage.  No Supreme Court decision can change that. 

Furthermore, we call on Catholic educators to stand firm in the truth, with the conviction of faith.  No matter how difficult it gets to maintain Catholic schools and colleges in a hostile culture, Catholic education can never waver on the definition of marriage.  Our young people need to hear the truth from their teachers, now more than ever.  We will continue to promote and defend those faithful institutions that teach the truth, and we will expose any Catholic institution that denies it.


Catholic College Shuts Down While Faithful Colleges Thrive, Report Finds
6/25/2015
A struggling Catholic college in Massachusetts will close its doors next week, raising concerns about the stability of other small, highly tuition-dependent colleges. But a report from The Cardinal Newman Society finds that some small colleges which maintain a strong Catholic identity and promote it to prospective students are doing quite well. 

Marian Court College in Swampscott, Mass., will close at the end of June due to financial difficulties and low enrollment, reports Adam Wilson, managing editor of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College. The tuition-dependent College had about 250 students this year and graduated 67 last month, including 41 who were the first to earn four-year bachelor’s degrees after decades of the College providing only two-year associate’s degrees.


Vatican Supports ‘Morality Clauses’ for Catholic School Teachers, Study Finds
6/24/2015
“Morality clauses” and high standards for Catholic school teachers are not radical new policies as portrayed by secular news media, but simply implement what the Vatican has been demanding for several decades, reveals a timely new report from The Cardinal Newman Society. 

“The Vatican has consistently recognized that teachers—lay, clerical or religious—have an essential role in Catholic education and must serve as witnesses to the faith, in both word and deed,” writes Dr. Jamie Arthur, director of the Newman Society's Catholic Education Honor Roll, in her study titled, The Call to Teach: Expectations for the Catholic Educator in Magisterial Teaching.


Philly Catholics Celebrate Classical Education as Hope for Families, Religious Freedom
6/4/2015

At the annual “Stand Up for Children” gala hosted by Regina Coeli Academy of Abingdon, Penn., last month, prominent Philadelphia-area Catholics celebrated the impact of Catholic education in defense of religious freedom and the family.

The topic of the family was especially on their minds, as the Archdiocese of Philadelphia anticipates the World Meeting of Families and the arrival of Pope Francis in September.

Patrick Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society, delivered the keynote address and praised the benefits of classical Catholic education at Regina Coeli Academy.

“My talk today is about hope—and I believe that our reasons for celebrating Regina Coeli Academy today are as much about hope for the future as they are about the lives that were touched even just today, as I watched your teachers witness the love that Christ has for your students,” Reilly said.



Catholic Educators, Pro-Marriage Groups Urge Congress to Protect Tax Exemption
6/3/2015

Today The Cardinal Newman Society and 34 leaders of Catholic schools and colleges joined with a coalition of religious groups led by the Family Research Council (FRC), in a letter urging Congress to protect the tax-exempt status of educational institutions that uphold traditional marriage.

During oral arguments in the Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the Obama administration seeks the redefinition of marriage, the U.S. Solicitor General suggested that religious colleges and schools could lose their tax-exempt status “if [they] opposed same-sex marriage.”

Rob Schwarzwalder, vice president of policy for the Family Research Council, which organized today’s letter, explained the threat to Christian schools and colleges. If they were to lose their tax-exempt status, the aftermath would be “almost unimaginable,” he told The Cardinal Newman Society, which recruited many Catholic institutions to join the letter. “It would devastate the ability of the Church to function.”



Honoring Kenneth Whitehead, Tireless Advocate of Church and Catholic Education
4/16/2015
Kenneth Whitehead, longtime Catholic education advocate, Church affairs expert and former United States Assistant Secretary of Education, passed away on Thursday, April 16, according to his family. 

“Ken Whitehead was intelligent, accomplished and influential in the government and in the Catholic Church, as both an academic and a keen observer of Church affairs and Catholic education,” said Patrick Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society, for which Whitehead served as an advisor on Catholic higher education issues. “But what I will especially remember in my heart are his abundant faith in Christ and love for his family. We are all blessed by his life. May God grant him eternal peace and joy!”


‘Huge Victory,’ ‘Opportunity’ for Religious Colleges in Labor Board’s Ruling
12/21/2014
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week abandoned its longstanding, unconstitutional practice of measuring how religious a college appears to be before exempting it from federal oversight, but opted instead for a new test that considers whether individual employees perform religious functions.


Film Chronicling Blessed John Henry Newman Announced, Available Soon
10/9/2014
A new DVD on Blessed John Henry Newman, Lead Kindly Light, was announced today, his Feast Day. Blessed Newman is the patron and namesake of The Cardinal Newman Society.


Newman Society Message on the Passing of Fr. Benedict Groeschel
10/4/2014
On this Feast of Saint Francis—a most important feast for a priest who devoted himself wholeheartedly to the Franciscan spirituality, a radical commitment to living as Jesus did—please pray with us that Father celebrates with the great Saint himself.


Gates-Funded Lobby Pushes Common Core in Catholic Schools, Targets Newman Society
9/23/2014
Sara Pruzin, a state operations associate for the Council for a Strong America (CSA) and former communications intern for U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, unwittingly contacted a Cardinal Newman Society leader to rally Catholic support for the Common Core.


Catholic Education Honor Roll Announced
9/15/2014
Today, The Cardinal Newman Society released the list of schools recognized by the Catholic Education Honor Roll as 2014 Schools of Excellence. Since 2004 the Honor Roll has celebrated quality Catholic education throughout the United States.


Common Core ‘Raises an Alarm’
9/11/2014
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.


California Could Force Abortion Coverage at Catholic Universities, Violating Federal Law
8/12/2014
California’s health care agency is conducting “an in-depth analysis of the issues surrounding coverage for abortion services,” in reaction to last year’s decisions by two Catholic universities to end payments for employee health insurance coverage of elective abortion.


10 Facts Every Catholic Should Know About the Common Core
8/1/2014
As a part of The Cardinal Newman Society’s work to help Catholic families, educators and Church leaders better understand the Common Core State Standards, the Newman Society has released “10 Facts Every Catholic Should Know About the Common Core.”


Happy Independence Week for Catholic Educators, Religious Freedom
7/3/2014
In addition to the Supreme Court's landmark ruling Monday subsequent federal rulings may hold far-reaching, positive consequences for Catholic schools, colleges and other religious nonprofit organizations.


Not Only for Liturgists
6/18/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society publishes this review of Sacred Liturgy: The Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church as part of its project to promote sacred liturgy in Catholic education.


U.S. Bishops’ Common Core Document Focuses on Catholic Identity, Says Expert
6/5/2014
“The benefit of the Common Core controversy is that it has surfaced some of the threats of secularization in our schools,” writes Dr. Dan Guernsey.


Catholic College Leaders Gather to Discuss Student Life, Catholic Teaching
5/27/2014
Leaders from 10 faithful Catholic colleges gathered at the Franciscan University of Steubenville last week to share and consider ways of better integrating Catholic teaching into programs and services for students.


Media Research Center Files Unique Lawsuit Challenging HHS Mandate
5/14/2014
In the suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, MRC is the first organization to affirm its "self-certification" as an exempt organization based upon its Judeo-Christian beliefs.


Newman Guide Aids Univ. of Dallas Family in College Search
4/23/2014
Julia Shinkle reportedly “wasn't sure how she felt about this small school in another part of the country until she visited UD with her father in June 2013 and fell in love.”


New Online Guide Helps Parents Understand Key Issues, Concerns on Common Core
4/7/2014
“Based on the fundamental Catholic principle of subsidiarity, the Newman Society recognized the need for parents to have a role in the education of their children,” said Bob Laird.


Newman Society President Lectures at Georgetown on Threats to Catholic Education
4/3/2014
“There seems to be a growing intolerance for those who teach and live the Catholic faith—intolerance from nonbelievers but also, and perhaps especially, from dissenting Catholics," said Patrick Reilly.


First Amendment Freedoms Threatened by IRS Proposal, Say Newman Society, Religious Groups
2/28/2014
The proposal would “create very serious constitutional burdens on the First Amendment rights of freedom of religion and speech” of Catholic schools, colleges and other religious nonprofits.


U.S. News: Newman Society Grounds Common Core Debate in Catholic Identity
1/14/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society is highlighted in an article at U.S. News & World Report about Catholic schools and whether they should adopt the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).


Justice Sotomayor Grants Temporary Relief to Catholic Employers, ‘Church Plan’ From HHS Mandate
1/2/2014
Justice Sotomayor has blocked the Obama administration from enforcing the HHS mandate against Catholic employers that provide morally appropriate health insurance through the Christian Brothers Employee Benefits Trust.


Catholic Culture Highlights Cardinal Newman Society’s Work to Preserve Catholic Identity in Education
11/25/2013
"The Cardinal Newman Society noticed several years ago that Catholic colleges and universities with no clear and consistent Catholic identity were more likely to be treated just like everybody else..." 


The Need for “Mission-Fit” Professors at Catholic Colleges
10/11/2013
Professor Anthony Esolen of Providence College argues in a Crisis Magazine article that Catholic colleges and universities must do more to hire faithful Catholic faculty members.


Continuing the Legacy: Blessed Newman’s Lasting Impression on the University
10/9/2013
Today, October 9, is the feast day of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, whose philosophies guide the mission of The Cardinal Newman Society. 


New Resources to Help Catholic Families Find Faithful Colleges
10/7/2013
The Cardinal Newman Society today published the newest editions of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College and My Future, My Faith magazine.


Loyola Marymount Univ. President, Abortion Activists Lash Out at Newman Society
10/3/2013
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.


Newman Society, Catholic Employers Represented in Lawsuit to Halt HHS Mandate
9/27/2013
A class action suit was filed Tuesday against the Obama administration’s HHS insurance mandate on behalf of Catholic employers, including The Cardinal Newman Society.


Newman Society Interview on National Pro-Life Radio
9/13/2013
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.” 


Cardinal Burke Writes Book on Eucharist as 'Sacrament of Charity'
8/19/2013
Cardinal Raymond Burke has released a new book entitled Divine Love Made Flesh, in which he reflects on Blessed Pope John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s encyclicals on the Holy Eucharist.


Front Lines of 'Spiritual Battle' Include Schools and Dorms, Says Kathryn Lopez
7/22/2013
In an interview at IntegratedCatholicLife.org, Kathryn discusses the importance for Catholics to give witness to their faith in public.


Newman Society, Family Research Council Co-Sponsor Talk 'Porn in the Dorm'
7/16/2013
Dr. Patrick Fagan, Senior Fellow and Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute at FRC, will deliver the talk discussing the troubling wide-spread use of pornography among college students.


Practical Ways a Catholic College Can Beautify a Campus Chapel, By David Clayton
6/28/2013
"When deciding what to do I tried to have in mind: first try to harmonise everything with the liturgy...  [W]henever the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours are prayed in any community, then it benefits all present - even those who never attend."


Why College Students Should Study Sacred Music, By Dr. George Harne
6/28/2013
St. John Bosco said that “A school without music is like a body without a soul.”  This certainly applies to colleges and universities.  Music can animate a collegiate community and unite it more effectively than almost anything else.


How to Have a Beautiful Sung Liturgy on a Catholic Campus, By Dr. Kurt Poterack
6/27/2013
One of the advantages of a choir at a college or university is that you have many bright, talented and energetic young adults to choose from – or at least to persuade to join the choir.


The Mass Is Source and Summit of a Catholic Campus, By Dr. Peter Kwasniewski
6/27/2013
"A college community aspiring to be authentically Catholic must nourish and form its students by the Eucharist celebrated in the most worthy manner, according to the best of our heritage."


Jesuit College Profs, Political Activists Defend Catholic Campaign for Human Development
6/13/2013
Theologians and others associated with Jesuit universities have joined with the partisan group Faith in Public Life to defend Catholic grants to grassroots organizing groups, despite concerns that some recipients have undermined Catholic teaching.


Catholic University Immerses New Faculty in Catholic Intellectual Tradition
6/11/2013
According to the University, while many of the faculty that participated in the conference were not Catholic, they were "interested in how they may contribute to the University's Catholic identity."


Georgetown University Responds to Canon Law Petition
6/6/2013
Georgetown University's director of communications responded to the canon law petition submitted last week calling for the University to comply with canon law or be stripped of its right to be called a 'Catholic' institution.


Special Offer: Free Hit Album, ‘Angels and Saints at Ephesus’
6/3/2013
The Cardinal Newman Society is partnering with DeMontfort Music to offer five free copies of the hit album Angels and Saints at Ephesus as part of a student contest.


Canon Law Case Against Georgetown Submitted to Cardinal Wuerl
5/31/2013
A canon law petition asking Cardinal Donald Wuerl to rescue Georgetown University's Catholic identity or declare that it can no longer refer to itself as Catholic was delivered to the Archdiocese of Washington today.


EWTN Radio Programs Feature Newman Society President
5/30/2013
Patrick J. Reilly discussed the trials he experienced while standing up for Catholic identity as an undergraduate student at Fordham University and how this led to the founding of The Cardinal Newman Society.


Register Radio Highlights Newman Society's Catholic Commencement Report
5/24/2013
Dan Burke hosted Cardinal Newman Society president Patrick J. Reilly on Register Radio this morning for a discussion of the Society's work and the good, the bad and the ugly in Catholic university commencements in 2013.


Mount St. Mary’s Athletes Make the Team at Newman Society
5/14/2013
Two Mount St. Mary's award-winning athletes will begin working for The Cardinal Newman Society this summer.


Newman Society Praises Gonzaga Decision on Knights of Columbus
5/1/2013
"The denial of club benefits to the Knights of Columbus had the dangerous potential of setting a bad precedent for other Catholic institutions.  Instead, your reversal has set a wonderful example, especially for Jesuit universities."


Newman Society Urges Immediate Member Action on HHS Mandate
4/5/2013
The Cardinal Newman Society is urging its members and others to submit comments and protest this dangerous violation of religious freedom.


Catholic Educators to Attend Rome Conference on Sacred Liturgy
3/11/2013
Catholic educators attending a summer Rome conference on sacred liturgy will help bring liturgical renewal to America’s Catholic college campuses, The Cardinal Newman Society announced today.


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