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Cincinnati Archdiocese Proposes Taking Teacher Input on Contracts Supporting Catholic Identity
10/22/2014
Following the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s implementation of revised teachers’ contracts for the 2014-15 school year—a move to invigorate its schools’ Catholic identity—the archdiocese is proposing a teacher’s advisory committee which will give input on future contracts.


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.


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.


USF Posts Internship with Politician Opposed to Sex-Selective Abortion Bans
9/12/2014
University of San Francisco is currently advertising a student internship for a politician who opposes bans on sex-selective abortion. The politician, David Chiu, has planned to introduce a resolution stating that sex-selective abortion bans perpetuate racial stereotypes.


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."


Theologian Responds to Catholic Teacher Firings with Ethical Advice
8/5/2014
E. Christian Brugger has responded to recent news and controversies with an analysis considering the question, “Should school teachers, faculty members or school administrators be terminated if they are found guilty of grave moral misconduct in their private lives?”


Columbus Diocese Affirms Teachers as ‘Ministers’ in Updated Contract
6/10/2014
The Diocese of Columbus in Ohio is striving to uphold Catholic identity in diocesan schools by revising teacher contracts to identity impermissible behavior that is not consistent with a teacher’s duties as a “minister.”


Catholic College Reinstates Nursing Chair after Resignation Dustup
5/30/2014
Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans, La., has reportedly reinstated the chair of its nursing department who had previously resigned under controversial circumstances.


Fr. Thomas Reese Undermines Efforts to Strengthen Catholic Identity in Schools
5/29/2014
Father Reese, S.J., a former Georgetown University professor who is reportedly a visiting scholar at Santa Clara University in Calif., recently undercut some bishops’ efforts to strengthen their schools’ Catholic identity.


Oakland Bishop Affirms Teachers’ Duty as Role Models in New Contract
5/29/2014
Bishop Barber is working to uphold Catholic identity in diocesan schools by updating the annual teachers’ contract to articulate the “expectations required of those who desire to participate in this mission and ministry.”


Professor Undermines Archdiocese’s Effort to Protect Schools’ Catholic Identity
5/27/2014
In a recent opinion piece, law professor Charles Reid, Jr., opposes an effort by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to protect the Catholic identity of its schools, even while he teaches at a Catholic 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.


Former Ambassador to Vatican Hired by Loyola Chicago after Harassment Allegation
5/21/2014
Loyola University of Chicago has confirmed that it plans to hire former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, Miguel Diaz, as a theology professor despite recent allegations of sexual harassment.


No-Confidence Vote at Catholic College Follows Controversial Resignation
5/12/2014
Following the controversial resignation of a top administrator, the faculty assembly of Our Lady of Holy Cross College reportedly passed a no-confidence vote in the College president.


Catholic Author Joseph Pearce Joins Aquinas College (Tenn.)
4/23/2014
Formerly a writer-in-residence at Newman Guide-recommended Ave Maria University and most recently, The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, Pearce is the author of more than twenty books.


Loyola Marymount Univ. Hires Dean Despite Past Work with Pro-Abortion Organizations
4/23/2014
The Jesuit University’s Vice President for Mission and Ministry Father Robert Caro, S.J., defended the hiring in an email obtained by The Cardinal Newman Society.


New Program Aims to Help Wyoming Catholic College Students in Future Careers
4/9/2014
“Wyoming Catholic College provides young adults with a truly extraordinary experience... As a result, a WCC graduate has something uncommon and highly sought after to offer employers.”


Dioceses Revise Contracts, Expect Teachers to Uphold Catholic Teaching
4/8/2014
Dioceses in Hawaii and Ohio have already made changes to their teacher contracts. Some expect similar changes around the country. And some are protesting.


Cincinnati Archdiocese Identifies Unacceptable Behavior in Revised Teacher Contracts
3/20/2014
"There aren't any new expectations of our teachers in the 2014-2015 contract... The revised wording is just more explicit, in that it lists examples of behaviors that are unacceptable as contrary to Church teaching.”


Teacher Fired After Gay Marriage Sues Catholic High School
3/18/2014
Ken Bencomo’s lawyer, Patrick McGarrigle, said that Bencomo was told by a school administrator that he was losing his job because his same-sex marriage was “in public and violated the Church’s teaching.”


Catholic Alumni: Finalists for Loyola Marymount Dean Both Worked at Planned Parenthood
3/17/2014
Renew LMU is calling on the University to re-start the selection process and "ensure the new Dean ... demonstrates a strong record of furthering Catholic mission and identity..."


Notre Dame Professor, Monsignor Swetland on ‘Heart and Soul of a Catholic University’
3/12/2014
“The secular world thinks that ‘Catholic University’ is an oxymoron.  I say, in fact, a University isn’t truly a University unless it’s fully Catholic...”


Catholic Schools Have Right to Hire, Fire for Mission, Says Legal Expert
2/14/2014
Robert George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and author of Embryo: A Defense of Human Life, recently mounted an interesting defense of Catholic schools’ right to hire and fire for mission.


Villanova Hosts Politician on Same-Sex Marriage, Marijuana
2/14/2014
Left unmentioned by Villanova was the fact that Leach recently proposed a bill that would forbid Catholic schools from enforcing the Church's teachings on homosexuality in Catholics schools.


Decline in Enrollment, Budget Shortfall Lead to Layoffs at Loyola U. New Orleans
2/11/2014
Loyola University New Orleans was forced to lay off 18 employees Friday after freshman enrollment dropped 30 percent lower than expected last year.


NARAL Internship Advertised by Seattle University Feminist Club
2/10/2014
Seattle University Society of Feminists, which was created by students in a Feminist Theory class in 2003, is now posting opportunities for the abortion-rights advocacy organization.


Fired for Out-of-Wedlock Pregnancy, Catholic School Teacher Plans Lawsuit
2/6/2014
Butte Central Catholic High School was compelled to uphold its Catholic identity by dismissing Shaela Evenson, a literature and physical education instructor, for breaking her employment contract.


Catholic School Harassed for Denying Job to Man in Same-Sex Marriage
2/3/2014
A Massachusetts man is asking the Commonwealth to punish a Catholic school for preserving its Catholic mission, by allegedly rescinding a job offer because the applicant identified his same-sex husband as his emergency contact.


Catholic Schools in Spotlight with New Film About Employee in Same-Sex Marriage
1/28/2014
A new movie that garnered attention at the Sundance Film Festival features the plight of a homosexual choir director at a Catholic school who loses his job after he marries his same-sex partner, according to the Associated Press.


New York Times Displays Bias Against Catholic Schools, Catholic Teaching
1/24/2014
The New York Times ran an incredibly one-sided article on Wednesday titled “Gay Marriages Confront Catholic School Rules,” about the recent firings and resignations that have occurred at some Catholic schools.


Diocese of Toledo Supports Teacher’s Resignation over Same-Sex Marriage
1/17/2014
The Diocese of Toledo, Ohio, is publicly supporting a Catholic school’s decision to force the resignation of a choir director who recently announced his engagement to his same-sex partner.


Newman Society Responds to Catholic School Controversies Over Same-Sex Marriage
1/17/2014
"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.


Ave Maria Univ. President Discusses Tuition Reduction, Catholic Identity on EWTN
1/3/2014
The University cut tuition by 22 percent for the next incoming freshman class in order to make Ave Maria "within the reach of as many families as possible," President Jim Towey said.


Jesuit Education Leader Downplays Importance of Hiring Mission-Ready Instructors
11/29/2013
"...the number of non-Catholic teachers should not be allowed to constitute a majority within the Institution, which is and must remain Catholic," according to Blessed John Paul II's Ex corde Ecclesiae.


Senate Bill Could Cripple Catholic Schools' Employment Practices and Pose Threat to Religious Liberty
11/12/2013
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have recently issued a letter outlining their opposition to Senate Bill 815, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 (ENDA).


Division I Athletics and Faithful Catholic Identity at Mount St. Mary’s University
10/23/2013
"The role of athletics at a Catholic College or University is to help form saints, not win championships. That being said, the two are not mutually exclusive."


Univ. Administrator Fired for Views on Homosexuality Denied Supreme Court Appeal
10/18/2013
"Not only does Crystal Dixon have a constitutional right to express her opinion, but that opinion represents the view of a majority of Christian Americans.” 


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.


Theology Professor Says Christian College Asked Her to Leave After ‘Changing’ Gender
9/24/2013
The case could have significance for Catholic schools and colleges should the dismissal be litigated.


Xavier Univ. in La. Hires Former Surgeon General, Opponent of Catholic Teaching
9/16/2013
Dr. Regina Benjamin will become Xavier University’s first NOLA.com/Times Picayune Endowed Chair in Public Health Sciences.


Court Denies Catholic School’s Motion in Lawsuit by Fired Transgender Teacher
9/12/2013
A New York judge has rejected a motion that a Catholic school has the right to make hiring and firing decisions without interference from the court, according to ABC News.


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."


Christian Universities Require More than a Statement of Faith
4/17/2013
Christian universities require more than a statement of faith, says Cardinal Newman Society's Bob Laird.


Fewer postings for theology/religious studies positions
11/21/2012
A new study from the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature found that there are fewer jobs being posted for college professors in theology and religious studies than there were prior to the economy tanking in 2008.


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