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Faithful Identity Leads to Success for Catholic Schools, Says Newman Society’s Arthur
The best Catholic schools are those that remain true to their purpose and mission, says The Cardinal Newman Society’s Dr. Jamie Arthur, senior fellow and manager of the Catholic Education Honor Roll. That schools remain steadfast in the faith is increasingly important for parents who desire a genuine Catholic education for their children yet find themselves in a society where religious freedom, traditional marriage and the ability for schools to hire according to their mission are all under attack.

One of the latest developments on this front concerns Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s efforts to shore up the Catholic identity of his schools in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. The archbishop has received criticism for adding language in contacts and handbooks which would ensure that teachers cannot publicly oppose Church teaching, but rather assent to authentically hand on the Catholic faith.

Philly Catholics Celebrate Classical Education as Hope for Families, Religious Freedom

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

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.”

Catholic Schools Say Pro-Life Week Teaches Lifelong Values
Catholic educators preparing for this week’s National Pro-Life T-Shirt Week told The Cardinal Newman Society that teaching and inspiring students about the dignity of every human life is fundamental and necessary for faithful Catholic education.

The Newman Society spoke with educators at two high schools recognized as 2014 Schools of Excellence by the Society’s Catholic Education Honor Roll about the importance of the pro-life message in Catholic education and their participation in the national event.

According to the educators, Catholic schools are uniquely placed to influence both students and society by serving as a launching pad for the pro-life message. If Catholic schools can faithfully impart the message that every human life is invaluable, they can instigate a positive trickle effect on the rest of education and society.

This year’s National Pro-Life T-Shirt Week runs from today until May 4 and is sponsored by the American Life League. Students and contestants across the country are encouraged to wear pro-life t-shirts and promote a pro-life message by taking pictures and sharing them on Instagram using the hashtags #NPLTW and #LifeDefender. Many faithful Catholic high schools have adopted the week as one of their numerous activities to promote the pro-life message.

“Catholic education is critical in supporting programs where pro-life events are interwoven into the activities of the school,” said Dr. Jamie Arthur, manager of the Catholic Education Honor Roll. “Opportunities created to participate in events such as these offer a way to get students involved in reinforcing the Church’s teachings on the protection and defense of life.”

Thomas Aquinas Alumni Offering Webinar to Aid Call for Faithful Catholic Educators
Dr. Andrew Seeley and Michael Van Hecke will gather Catholic educators from across the country for the webinar and lead an online discussion titled "Answering the Call — An Introduction to Catholic School Leadership."

Photo Journal: Catholic College and High School Students at 2015 March for Life
Catholic college and high school students from distant corners of the country gathered in Washington, D.C., last Thursday to join the hundreds of thousands of people marching in the 42nd annual March for Life.

Catholic High Schools Bringing Students from Far and Near to Attend 2015 March for Life
On Thursday, January 22, thousands of teenagers from Catholic high schools across the country will gather on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to participate in the 42nd annual March for Life.

Thomas Aquinas College Grad Leads Catholic School, Praises Value of Classical Ed.
Luke Macik, a TAC alumnus and the former vice president of Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyo., shared during his "From the Median" radio interview how a classic education, such as the one found at The Lyceum, prepares students for every aspect of life.

‘Schools of Excellence’ Offer Strong Catholic Identity, Unique Opportunities for Students
The Cardinal Newman Society spoke to leaders of six Catholic schools recognized by the Newman Society's Catholic Education Honor Roll as “Schools of Excellence” to showcase the uniqueness and strengths offered at different Schools of Excellence.

Paul VI High School Students Take Pilgrimage to Rome for Namesake’s Beatification
Students from Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Va., recently went on a pilgrimage to Rome for the beatification of their School’s namesake, Pope Paul VI.

Catholic School Celebrates 10 Years as Catholic Education Honor Roll School
Bishop T.K. Gorman Catholic School in Tyler, Tex., held an event this week celebrating ten years on the Catholic Education Honor Roll as a School of Excellence.

Catholic Schools Struggle to Appeal to Right Market, Argues Writer
"Catholic schools are under tremendous financial pressure," wrote Jennifer Fitz, but trying to appeal to a more mainstream, wealthier market can have the undesirable side effect of diluting the faith taught in the school.

Catholic Education Honor Roll Announced
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.

New Principal: Catholic Education is Mission of Church
Central Catholic High School in Bloomington, Ill., which received special recognition for “Excellence in Catholic Identity” in the 2012 Catholic High School Honor Roll, is welcoming a new principal for the 2014-15 school year.

New Springfield Bishop: Catholic Schools Are Crucial in Transmitting Faith
In an interview with MassLive, the new bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, Mass., Bishop Mitchell Rozanski, shared his thoughts on a number of diocesan issues, including Catholic education.

U.S. Bishops Feature Benefits of Catholic Schools in New Video
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recently created a new video highlighting the benefits and necessity of Catholic schools as "communities of the New Evangelization and partners with parents in a child's education."

U.S. Bishops’ Common Core Document Focuses on Catholic Identity, Says Expert
“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 High School Puts the ‘Saint’ in ‘Pope John Paul the Great’
A Catholic high school led by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia was the first high school in the country to be named “Pope John Paul the Great” and now is possibly the first to be called “Saint John Paul the Great.”

Catholic Harvard Student Saw Good Come from Evil amidst ‘Black Mass’ Controversy
“One [good result] was that we were able to reaffirm the Eucharist as the very center of our Christian existence.  I'm sure Catholics everywhere could use such a reminder once in a while.”

Video: Catholic Father Offers Life in Selfless Love
A new video offers a glimpse into the heroic sacrifice of a father who gave his life to save his youngest son in 2008.

Three New Catholic Schools Set to Open Modeled on Chesterton Academy
Chesterton Academy describes itself as working to nurture both the minds and the souls of its students through an integrated education.

Lenten Prayer Campaign for Catholic Colleges and Schools
The Cardinal Newman Society is inviting members and other Catholics to join in a Lenten Prayer Campaign by adopting a particular Catholic school or college to pray for in the days leading up to Easter.

Minnesota School Finds Success in Catholic Identity, Classical Roots
Saint Agnes School hasn’t been exempt from challenges in its 125-year history, but the journey has made the Catholic school that much stronger.

Catholic High School Students Take Great Strides for Sister School in Haiti
Seton School in Manassas, Va., is running so as to win the imperishable crown to paraphrase St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians.  

Diocese of Gaylord Rejects Common Core
In a statement to parents and other stakeholders, Charles Taylor, the superintendent of Catholic Schools of Gaylord (Michigan), explains why his diocesan schools will not implement the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Catholic School Students Rally for Life Tomorrow, Friday
On the feast of St. Nicholas, Catholic schools across the country will witness to the greatest gift—life—by peacefully praying outside of abortion clinics, according to

BREAKING: National Catholic Educational Association Responds to Common Core Concerns and Gates Foundation Grant
In an email sent today to NCEA members and obtained by The Cardinal Newman Society,Brother Bimonte said, “Some of you have probably been reading or hearing concerns about Catholic schools and the Common Core State Standards.”

NAC Chair Recommends Episcopal Review of Common Core in Catholic Schools
The head of the U.S. bishops' National Advisory Council (NAC) strongly recommended that the general assembly conduct an episcopal review of the Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative (CCCII). Renee Miller, the NAC’s chair, also encouraged the bishops to engage more extensively with college presidents about instituting Pope John Paul II’s apostolic constitution, Ex corde Ecclesiae, on their campuses.

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.” 

Principals of Top Catholic High Schools Fear ‘Common Core’ Would Harm Their Schools
Principals of America’s leading Catholic high schools are concerned about the impact that adopting the national “Common Core” standards could have on their schools’ Catholic identity.

Franciscan University Professor: New Federal Education Standards Rotten to the “Core”
Professor Anne Hendershott said, “It is difficult to see how inviting the federal government into our Catholic schools to help create a new curriculum can make things better.” 

Nashville Dominicans ‘Coming to Save the Day’ for Catholic Education
Recent growth in the Nashville order of Dominican sisters is a good sign for the future of Catholic education.

Invitation: Catholic Athletes for Christ Conference in Northern Virginia
All are invited to the Catholic Athletes for Christ “Sports Conference” featuring Dr. Bill Thierfelder, president of Belmont Abbey College and a former champion athlete and coach.

High School Teacher Program Promotes Unity of Faith, Science
Catholic high school teachers in science and theology gathered in La. to develop appreciation of their respective disciplines.

Catholics Question Federal Common Core Standards
Catholic parents are increasingly questioning the impact that the federal Common Core State Standards may have on Catholic education.

Classical Catholic Education in Focus at Upcoming Conference for Teachers, Administrators
A conference this summer will help Catholic educators form teachers, students, and curricula to better present a traditional liberal arts education.

Nation’s Top 50 Catholic High Schools Announced
Today, September 20, 2012, the winners of the 2012-2013 Catholic High School Honor Roll competition were announced by The Cardinal Newman Society. Since 2004, the Honor Roll has recognized excellence in Catholic identity, academics and civic education at Catholic high schools across the United States.



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