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Newman Guide-Recommended Colleges Rank High in New ACTA Curriculum Ratings
10/29/2014
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) recently released its sixth annual “What Will They Learn” list rating the core curricula of colleges and universities across the country. Several institutions recommended in The Newman Guide received high marks.


UST-Houston Increases Scholarships to Make ‘Excellent Faith Based Education’ More Affordable
10/29/2014
University of St. Thomas (UST) in Houston, Tex., will increase its scholarship funds to $14.8 million starting in the fall of 2015, the University recently announced.


Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI: Renunciation of Truth Is 'Lethal to Faith'
10/24/2014
In a written message to The Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI emphasized that the renunciation of truth is "lethal to faith," reported ZENIT.


Technology Presents Challenges to Virtuous Living on Campus, Says Theologian
10/24/2014
With technology more accessible than ever on college campuses, young people today face significantly difficult challenges in avoiding inappropriate material and focusing on their studies.


Sophia Institute Press Helping Catholics ‘Relearn the Importance of Catechesis’
10/24/2014
Charlie McKinney, president of Sophia Institute Press spoke to The Cardinal Newman Society about Sophia’s reprinting of the exhortation, Catechesi Tradendae, its importance in Catholic education, and the vital role of the witness of teachers.


Bishops in Ireland Urge Catholic Schools to Reflect on Identity
10/24/2014
The Catholic Schools Partnership (CSP), founded by the Irish Bishops’ Conference, recently released a document which urged schools “to be more assertive in upholding religious values,” according to The Irish Times.


Janet Smith: Church Has ‘Best Explanation of Sexuality’ for Students, Society
10/23/2014
Students at Catholic universities are “greatly cheated” if they don’t come away with an understanding of what the Church teaches on morality and human sexuality, said Dr. Janet Smith.


George Weigel: Catholic Colleges Exist to Equip Disciples for Mission
10/23/2014
“Catholic institutions of higher learning exist to equip disciples for mission and to be witnesses to Christ,” George Weigel told students during a recent talk at Franciscan University of Steubenville.


New Criminology Degree at UST-Houston ‘Grounded in Catholic Tenets of Social Justice’
10/23/2014
The University of St. Thomas (UST) in Houston, Tex., recently developed a new degree program under the title of Criminology, Law and Society, announced the University. The program aims to ensure that students understand Church teaching on social justice and morality.


New to The Newman Guide: The International Theological Institute
10/22/2014
At the International Theological Institute (ITI) “Catholicism is practically the air you breathe,” alumnus Max Becher, who also works as U.S. director of recruitment for ITI, recently told The Cardinal Newman Society in an interview.


New Ave Maria Law Scholarships Available to Grads from Newman Guide Colleges
10/22/2014
The Ave Maria School of Law announced new scholarships, beginning for the Summer/Fall 2015 term. “Ave Maria School of Law seeks to admit men and women who are drawn to our distinctive mission of educating lawyers within the Catholic intellectual tradition,” read the news release.


Sacred Art Studies at Thomas More College Led Student to Design Floor for Parish
10/22/2014
A senior at the The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts (TMC) in Merrimack, N.H., is currently designing a “Cosmatesque” floor for her hometown parish in Idaho, the College reported on its website.


‘Miracle’ Move Fuels Hopes of Future Expansion for John Paul the Great Catholic Univ.
10/21/2014
John Paul the Great Catholic University recently completed its first year at its new campus location in Escondido, Calif. “It’s a miracle from God,” University President Dr. Derry Connolly told The Cardinal Newman Society in an interview about the relocation.


Franciscan Univ. Art Exhibit Conveys ‘Timeless Truth of the Faith,’ Begins World Tour
10/20/2014
"These works of art have the power to communicate to today's society in a way that is fresh, engaging, and relevant," said Jennifer Healy, the exhibit’s curator. "The timeless Truth of the faith [is] effectively conveyed through images, for both believers and unbelievers alike."


Pope Comments on How Universities Can Encourage Dialogue between Faith and Reason
10/17/2014
Pope Francis recently sent a message to the Italian Catholic University Federation, according to Vatican Information Service, conveying the importance of its work in universities with three words: study, research, and frontier.


New Latin American Studies Certificate Supports Catholic Identity at CUA
10/17/2014
The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., is offering a new certificate program in Latin American and Latino Studies. According to the University report, the program is of great import for CUA’s Catholic identity due to the growing significance of Latin America in the Church. 


Christendom College Launched Scholarship Matching Program
10/17/2014
According to a Christendom press release, students accepted into the College may submit a request asking the scholarship committee to review and match other scholarship offers they have received.


Bishop Conley Affirms Parents’ Vocation to Educate Children in Holiness
10/16/2014
Parents are entrusted with “a responsibility to ensure that their schooling choices won’t undermine” the cultivation of their children’s souls, according to Bishop James Conley of the Lincoln Diocese in Nebraska.


Cardinal Dolan Describes New Structure for Catholic Schools in N.Y. Archdiocese
10/15/2014
Catholic schools are absolutely worth fighting for, Cardinal Timothy Dolan argued in a recent article for America magazine discussing the Archdiocese of New York’s new structure for Catholic schools.


College of St. Mary Magdalen Hosts Seminar at Napa Institute Symposium
10/15/2014
The College of Saint Mary Magdalen in Warner, N.H., recently held a luncheon and seminar on Catholic solidarity and American individualism in conjunction with the third annual Napa Institute Symposium at the Catholic Center at New York University, Magdalen reported on its website.


Catholic Colleges, Institutions Being Pressured to Accept Secularist Narrative, Argues Prof.
10/7/2014
Dr. Stephen Krason, president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists, warns in a recent article for Crisis Magazine that Catholic colleges, universities, and other institutions are being pressured to promote “the leftist-secularist narrative.”


John Garvey Reappointed as President of Catholic University of America
10/6/2014
After a recent board of trustees meeting, John Garvey was unanimously reappointed as president of The Catholic University of America (CUA), according to The Tower. Garvey’s initial five-year appointment as the 15th president of CUA was due to expire in June 2015.


Professors Critique Diminishing Catholic Component of Gonzaga’s Core Curriculum
10/1/2014
According to Gonzaga philosophy professor Douglas Kries, the Gonzaga administration has decided to re-vamp and implement a new core curriculum for fall of 2016 that would decrease the number of Catholic or Christian religion classes from three to just one.


Professor Sees Catholic Mission Conflict in Notre Dame’s ‘Crossroads’ Project
10/1/2014
The University of Notre Dame is planning to move forward with its $400 million “Campus Crossroads Project” that would see the iconic University stadium become the “crossroads” of campus, despite a warning that the change would be detrimental to Notre Dame’s Catholic mission.


Georgetown Muslim Studies Director, Professors Boycott Israeli Academic Institutions
9/29/2014
Thirteen professors at Georgetown University—reportedly more than any other university in the United States—have joined an American Studies Association (ASA) boycott of Israeli academic institutions, according to Georgetown’s student newspaper, The Hoya.


Newman Society: Gates Foundation’s ‘Heavy-Handed Interference in Catholic Education’ Invites Scrutiny
9/29/2014
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
9/25/2014
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.”


UST-Houston Prof. Helps Pope Prepare for World Youth Day Reflection on Beatitudes
9/24/2014
University of St. Thomas in Houston philosophy professor Dr.John Hittinger joined a group of 20 academics and scholars to help Pope Francis in his preparation for World Youth Day 2016, set to take place in Krakow, Poland.


Notre Dame Alumnus Laments ‘Careerist Culture’ at University
9/24/2014
Michael Bradley, managing editor of Ethika Politika and a recent University of Notre Dame graduate, recently wrote a piece for The Irish Rover, an independent student publication, criticizing the “careerist culture [that] infests Notre Dame."


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.


Colleges in Newman Guide Rank Well with U.S. News and World Report
9/23/2014
Colleges recommended in The Newman Guide ranked well in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 edition of Best Colleges. 


Future of Catholic Education in Israel Is Uncertain, Says Expert
9/23/2014
At present, the vast number of Catholic school leaders in Israel “are very discouraged and have little hope for a bright future,” said Father Jeffrey Burwell, the director of Catholic studies at the University of Manitoba in Canada, in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society.


Astrophysicist: Students Must Be Encouraged to Intellectually Engage with Faith
9/23/2014
Adam Hincks, a Jesuit scholastic and astrophysicist, urged Catholic educators to “encourage students to keep engaging with faith intellectually, as well as on the affective and spiritual levels,” taking into account the Catholic faith’s venerable tradition of utilizing human reason.


Catholic Universities Must Be Wholly Consecrated to Truth, Says Msgr. Swetland
9/22/2014
A university’s commitment to Catholic identity is dependent on its dedication to the truth, said Monsignor Stuart Swetland, the newly appointed president of Donnelly College in Kansas City, in a National Catholic Register interview.


Catholic Schools Struggle to Appeal to Right Market, Argues Writer
9/18/2014
"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.


Theologian Critiqued by U.S. Bishops Set to Give Fordham Lecture on Evolution and Creation
9/18/2014
Fordham University theologian Sister Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J., whose theological writing has been heavily criticized by the U.S. bishops, is set to deliver the John C. and Jeanette D. Walton Lecture in Science on the topic of evolution and creation.


Education Project of Pope Francis Is Making Headlines
9/17/2014
Pope Francis’ education project, Scholas Occurrentes, has recently been making news with its platform of promoting peace and global communication in order to provide education for children, focusing especially on those with fewer resources.


Indonesian Student Credits Newman Guide for Helping Find Right College
9/17/2014
An Indonesian student at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy (OLSWA) in Barry’s Bay, Ontario, recently credited The Newman Guide for Choosing a Catholic College for introducing him to the Catholic institution.


Thirty Years after Cuomo’s Controversial Speech at Notre Dame
9/16/2014
Thirty years have passed since Mario Cuomo, the governor of New York from 1983 to 1994, gave a talk to students at the University of Notre Dame on September 13, 1984, entitled “Religious Belief and Public Morality: A Catholic Governor’s Perspective.”


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.


Dr. Don Briel on Catholic Universities and Surrender of Moral Authority
9/15/2014
The modern Catholic university’s decision to turn theology studies into an academic, intellectual pursuit separated from a relationship with the Church, has led to grave consequences and a surrendering of “moral authority to shape the souls of students,” argued Dr. Don Briel.


TAC Alumnus: People Learn from People, Not SMART Boards
9/15/2014
“The error of education today is the emphasis on new-fangled technique and technology, and the de-emphasis on old-fashioned teaching,” states Sean Fitzpatrick, a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College, “people learn from people, not from SMART boards."


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.


Faithful Catholic Universities Stand Out from Crowd, Argues Magdalen President
9/11/2014
Catholic universities faithful to the Church “are becoming stronger, better known, more recognizable [and] more easily distinguished” from other less faithful Catholic institutions, argued Dr. George Harne, president of the College of Saint Mary Magdalen.


Santa Rosa Diocese: Teacher Contract Update Affirming Catholic Teaching Will Happen
9/11/2014
The Santa Rosa Diocese’s contract addendum by which teachers at Catholic schools will affirm their acceptance of Catholic teaching is reportedly still on track for implementation.“There is no intention not to do this [and] it will happen at some point."


Retired Notre Dame Professor Signs ‘Abortion on Demand’ Petition
9/10/2014
Jill Godmilow, a retired professor from the University of Notre Dame, reportedly confirmed to Life Site News that she signed a petition supporting abortion on demand.


Mount St. Mary’s Univ. to Host Conference on Marriage and Family
9/9/2014
The 22nd annual national conference of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists (SCSS), which has its headquarters at Franciscan University of Steubenville, will take place at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., Franciscan announced.


Catholic Classical Schools Quickly Growing in Demand
9/9/2014
Nationwide, classical schools, both diocesan and independent, are springing up and eliciting interest from other schools and groups.


Prof. Explains Controversial History of Catholic Theological Society of America
9/9/2014
An associate professor of theology at Providence College, James Keating, recently shared a piece in First Things detailing the controversial history of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA).


Catholic Educators Should Form ‘Effective Disciples of the Lord’
9/8/2014
The primary job of Catholic educators is to form students for a personal encounter with God, says Sister Joan Roccasalvo, a member of the Congregation of St.Joseph.


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