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CUA’s Rome Expansion, Emphasis on Catholic Identity Draws Praise from Cardinal Pell
3/23/2015
Vatican official Cardinal George Pell recently praised the collaborative efforts between The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C., and the Australian Catholic University (ACU), as the institutions prepare to open a joint study-abroad center in Rome, according to the National Catholic Register. The Center will reportedly help CUA expand its study abroad program and encourage a true understanding of Catholic identity and education.

The three-continent partnership between the Universities, which The Cardinal Newman Society reported in January, created The Rome Center of The Catholic University of America and the Australian Catholic University, an institution “dedicated to Catholic education,” the Register reported.

Studying in Rome can be immensely significant in the formation of students as “Rome has much to offer, humanly and religiously,” Cardinal Pell, a former ACU board of trustees chairman and current prefect of the Vatican’s Secretariat of Economy, reportedly stated. “I wish the organizers every success for the years ahead. It is another fine example of American-Australian cooperation.”


‘Right Thing to Do’: Sens. Cruz, Lankford Make Last-Ditch Effort to Protect D.C. Religious Schools
3/20/2015
With only three weeks remaining for Congress to overturn two Washington, D.C., laws that violate the religious freedom of Catholic schools and colleges—as well as other religious and pro-life organizations—Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and James Lankford of Oklahoma have done the “right thing” by introducing joint resolutions this week, said The Cardinal Newman Society’s Bob Laird.

The District’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA) and the Human Rights Amendment Act (HRAA) were signed into law by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser in January, despite significant concerns by The Cardinal Newman Society, The Catholic University of America, the D.C. Catholic Conference, and Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl. Several other D.C.-based organizations—both religious and pro-life—have called on Congress to protect their constitutional rights to religious practice and free speech.


Apostolic Nuncio to Canada Visits Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, Encourages Cultural Witness
3/18/2015
While visiting, the archbishop toured the campus, met with students, held informal discussions, celebrated Mass for the community, attended a luncheon with faculty and staff, and joined the Academy community for dinner.


Jesuit U. Hosts Event for Group Protesting Efforts to Strengthen San Francisco Catholic Schools
3/17/2015
The University of San Francisco hosted a forum on March 16 sponsored by a group actively petitioning against Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s efforts to fortify Catholic identity in Archdiocese of San Francisco Catholic schools.


Bishop Points to Concerns with Common Core Standards, Says He Cannot Endorse Them
3/16/2015
Bishop Liam Cary of the Diocese of Baker in Oregon has responded to growing alarm regarding the Common Core State Standards and their impact on Catholic education.


Thomas Aquinas College Alumna Defends Archbishop Cordileone
3/10/2015
"Lawmakers may vehemently disagree with Cordileone's decision," but "[r]eligious leaders should be free to make such decisions without worrying about interference from the government," Katrina Trinko wrote in defense of the archbishop.


Ghanaian Bishops Encourage Catholic Schools to Maintain Traditions, Practices
3/9/2015
Bishop Joseph Osei-Bonsu of Konongo-Mampong in Ghana, along with the other Ghanaian bishops, is defending the Catholic identity of Catholic schools in the face of threats to their religious freedom.


Respect Archdiocese’s Right to Protect Catholic Identity of Schools, Argue Policy Experts
3/9/2015
Catholic schools have a right to ensure that Catholic teaching is being properly maintained in their institutions and the government should not coerce them to do otherwise, argued a recent piece published by The Wall Street Journal.


Cardinal Edward Egan, Former Archbishop of New York, Passes Away at 82
3/9/2015
The Archdiocese of New York recently announced that Cardinal Edward Egan, Archbishop Emeritus of New York, passed away on March 5 at the age of 82. Cardinal Egan played a significant role in and was a constant supporter of Catholic education.


New Catholic Univ. in Kurdistan Seeks to Become ‘Sign of Help for Iraqi Christians’
3/6/2015
The Catholic University in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, will begin offering courses this year, according to ZENIT. The University aims to be a center open to all students, provide "tangible assistance for young people in the Middle East."


Archbishop Criticizes Xavier Univ. (La.) for Choice of Commencement Honorees
3/5/2015
Archbishop Aymond of New Orleans recently expressed his disappointment in some of Xavier University of Louisiana’s honorary degree recipient selections for its 2015 commencement. Several of the University’s honoree choices support positions contrary to Catholic teaching.


San Francisco Catholic School Teachers Sign Petition against Morality Clauses
3/4/2015
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has been working to protect and promote the Catholic identity of schools in the archdiocese, but some Catholic high school teachers are stirring up controversy.


Cardinal Wuerl: Catholics Should Speak up for Faith amidst Religious Freedom Attacks
3/3/2015
This Lent gives Catholics a perfect opportunity to defend the faith, argued Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington in a recent post critiquing the double standard presented by two Washington, D.C., laws attacking the religious freedom of Catholic schools.


Infamous Public Relations Guru Organizing Attacks on Archbishop, Writes Hendershott
3/2/2015
"Singer has launched a media blitz to defeat the archbishop's policy, claiming to have been hired by 'concerned parents'; who oppose the archbishop's instruction that teachers in the diocesan schools should teach in communion with the Church," wrote Hendershott.


Archbishop Cordileone Expanding Teachers’ Handbook in Support of Catholic Mission
2/25/2015
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has invited theology teachers from four Catholic high schools to help in supplementing the faculty handbook in support of the Catholic mission of archdiocesan schools, according to a letter released to Catholic San Francisco.


Catholic Univ. Eagerly Awaiting Lecture from Alumnus Cardinal Tagle
2/25/2015
Cardinal Tagle will speak on the 50th anniversary of Gaudium et Spes, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, on March 2. The lecture is sponsored by the School of Theology and Religious Studies.


Bishops Designate Teachers as 'Ministers' To Strengthen Catholic Identity
2/23/2015
Catholic teachers serve an integral role in the formation of students at Catholic schools and should rightly be held to the standard of ministers, argued Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly in a recent op-ed for the National Catholic Register.


Archbishop Defends Right to Hire for Mission at Catholic Schools, Responds to Lawmakers
2/23/2015
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco recently sent a letter in response to several California lawmakers, defending his right to make decisions about the employment of teachers based on the Catholic mission of schools in the archdiocese.


Archbishop Cordileone Won’t Back Down on Efforts to Strengthen Catholic Schools
2/19/2015
Despite negative reactions, Archbishop Cordileone as a shepherd "knows the wolves and is not afraid to confront them," argued The Cardinal Newman Society's Gerri Downing Laird in a recent piece at Crisis Magazine.


Celebration Honoring CUA-Grad Archbishop Sheen to Draw Students Closer to the Saints
2/13/2015
Sister Maria Frassati Jakupcak, co-chair of Sheen Legacy Committee at CUA, related that the University chose to celebrate Archbishop Sheen this semester because this March marks the 75th anniversary of his first appearance on television.


Oakland Bishop Issues Updated Contracts, Teachers Must Act in Accord with Catholic Teaching
2/13/2015
This new revision is part of a growing trend among Catholic dioceses to ensure the Catholic identity of their educational institutions by giving teachers clear guidance regarding moral conduct.


Archbishop Cordileone a ‘True Shepherd of Catholic Schools,’ Argues Newman Society’s Bob Laird
2/12/2015
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.


CUA, Washington Archdiocese Join USCCB Urging Congress to Protect Religious Freedom
2/10/2015
The Catholic University of America and the Archdiocese of Washington have joined the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in sending a letter to Congress asking legislators to disapprove two recently passed laws in Washington, D.C., that attack religious freedom.


Archbishop Stresses Teachers’ Duty to Promote Church Teaching, Discusses New Contracts
2/10/2015
Catholic school teachers are uniquely placed to impact the moral formation of students and provide clarity on Church teachings amid the confusion of secular society, taught San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone in a recent address to Catholic high school teachers.


Pope Francis Speaks with Young People Online as Part of Education Initiative
2/10/2015
Pope Francis recently held a Google Hangout session with handicapped young people across the world in conjunction with his education project, Scholas Occurrentes, a global project dedicated to promoting peace and education to children everywhere.


Most Catholic Colleges Hosting ‘V-Monologues’ in 2015 Are Jesuit Institutions
2/9/2015
At least eight Catholic colleges and universities will be hosting performances of The Vagina Monologues or have student groups putting on the play in 2015, The Cardinal Newman Society has discovered. This year, six of the eight Catholic institutions are affiliated with the Jesuits.


Faculty Formation, Hiring Are Critical in Strengthening Catholic Schools, Says Archbishop
1/30/2015
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco recently emphasized the need for schools to focus on proper faculty formation and hiring in order to effectively hand on the Catholic faith to students, according to the National Catholic Register.


Pope Explains Place of Education in Interreligious Dialogue
1/27/2015
Pope Francis recently spoke with members of the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies and emphasized proper education in order to foster interreligious dialogue, but warned against a comfortable approach that simply affirms everything, according to Zenit.


Bishop Zubik: Catholic Schools Are Crucial to Church’s Evangelizing Mission
1/26/2015
Bishop David Zubik of the Diocese of Pittsburgh recently spoke about the impact and influence that his Catholic education had on him, noting that Catholic schools are essential to carrying out the Church’s mission of evangelization, according to The Pittsburgh Catholic.


Ignoring Bishop, St. Norbert College ‘Adds Insult to Injury’
1/26/2015
St. Norbert College's decision to go ahead with hosting prominent abortion-rights advocate Gloria Steinem is both offensive to its bishop and reflects a deeper misconception about its Catholic identity, argued Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly in a recent interview.


Archbishop Lucas: We Want Our Catholic Schools to Be Vibrant
1/22/2015
The various challenges facing Catholic schools and their mission in serving the New Evangelization were recently discussed at length during an online conference hosted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha, Neb.


16th Annual Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life at Georgetown Set for This Week
1/22/2015
The Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life will be held this Saturday, Jan. 24, at Georgetown University, on the heels of the March for Life in Washington, D.C. This year’s keynote speaker will be Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston.


Thomas Aquinas College Lends ‘Perfect’ Location for Video Series on Blessed Virgin Mary
1/16/2015
A film crew shot scenes in and around TAC's Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel in additional to other campus locations that will be featured in "The Bible and the Virgin Mary," part of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology's Journey Through Scripture Bible study series.


Pope Francis Stresses Religious Freedom as ‘Fundamental Human Right’
1/14/2015
Pope Francis recently called for the genuine expression of religious freedom and fruitful worship of God, when speaking to the crowd gathered at the canonization Mass for Saint Joseph Vaz in Sri Lanka.


Miami Archbishop Calls for Fidelity in Upholding Morality Clause
1/12/2015
Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami recently sent a letter to archdiocesan employees, including those involved in Catholic education, urging them to uphold Catholic identity.


Former CUA President Bishop O’Connell Recovering from Amputation Surgery
1/6/2015
Bishop David O’Connell of the Trenton Diocese, who has devoted a great deal of his priesthood to Catholic higher education, is recovering from a surgery which required the amputation of his foot, ankle and part of his lower leg, according to Catholic Sentinel.


Christendom Student Receives Honor from Bishop for Pro-Life Work
12/26/2014
Thomas Hepler, sophomore class president and president of the pro-life campus group Shield of Roses, was recognized along with 45 other individuals at the recent Youth and Campus Ministry Appreciation Dinner.


Pope Francis Discusses Importance of Education with Italian Prime Minister
12/23/2014
The Holy Father recently met with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and discussed the role of education in helping the next generation of Europe, according to ZENIT. The discussion reportedly took place as part of an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on December 13.


Cardinal Encourages Theologians to Embrace ‘Ecclesial Vocation’
12/22/2014
The archbishop of Toronto, Cardinal Thomas Collins, recently spoke to theology professors at the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto and encouraged them to maintain humility in their “ecclesial vocation.”


Acclaimed Sacra Liturgia Conference Coming to New York City Next June
12/12/2014
Catholic educators will join Catholics from around the world next year as they converge on New York City to take part in a conference aimed at bringing about a renewal of the sacred liturgy in the life of the Church.


Catholic Education Essential to Transformation of Culture, Says Cardinal Burke
12/10/2014
“Catholic education, in the family and in schools, is essential to the transformation of culture and a bulwark against today’s increasingly secular society… Cardinal Raymond Burke told hundreds of Catholics” present at a fundraising dinner for Trinity Academy in Pewaukee, Wis.


Pope Francis: ‘Christian Education’ Requires Patience
12/2/2014
Pope Francis encouraged the Church’s volunteers and missionaries to provide “Christian education” that acknowledges “serious identity issues” among young people and “requires a patient accompaniment which is capable of waiting for the right moment for each person."


Schools Are Places of ‘Charity and Creativity’ Says Pope Francis
12/1/2014
In an address given in honor of the “Year of Consecrated Life,” Pope Francis encouraged those committed to the consecrated life to continue living their charisms through maintaining places of “charity and creativity,” such as schools, according to ZENIT’s translation of the message.


Bishop Flores: Catholic Schools Must Continue Outreach to Underserved, Immigrant Communities
11/21/2014
The Church must make a “special, intentional effort” to reach out to underserved communities and to find ways to make Catholic schooling a possibility for them, Bishop Flores, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church, stated on Register Radio.


Updated Catechism for Adults Gives Access to Church Teaching Online
11/21/2014
The U.S. bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis recently released an online version of the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, available in both English and Spanish. It is recommended as a resource in education, adult faith formation and parish programs.


Bishops Call on Congress to Protect Conscience Rights in Light of Cali. Abortion Mandate
11/20/2014
The California abortion mandate “has no exemption for religious or moral objections, and is being enforced against religious universities, schools and even churches,” two U.S. bishops warned Congress in a letter this week.


New Archbishop of Chicago Stresses Importance of Education
11/19/2014
Archbishop Blase Cupich, who was installed yesterday at Holy Name Cathedral as the 9th Archbishop of Chicago, has a history of supporting Catholic education and recently spoke of his high regard for education.


‘Pride and Ambivalence’ Mark Young Catholics’ Attitude to Church, Study Says
11/14/2014
Young Catholics are adopting an attitude of disregard for Church teaching while decidedly remaining Catholic, according to results from a study recently announced by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Apostolic Nuncio to U.S. Bishops: Young People Need Life of Christ
11/11/2014
The apostolic nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, encouraged the U.S. bishops to be inspirations for young people by setting an example of a Christ-centered life.


Bishops: Catholic Schools Serve the New Evangelization
11/11/2014
Archbishop George Lucas of the Archdiocese of Omaha and Bishop Daniel Flores of the Diocese of Brownsville recently spoke to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops about the mission of Catholic schools and their connection to the New Evangelization.


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