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Online Catholic Study Program Provides ’Backbone of a Liberal Education’
8/20/2014
The Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program (LSP), a Newman Guide recommended institution, has been providing sound Catholic online higher education since its establishment in 2010. 


Fordham Professor Criticizes Bishops, Accepts Award from LCWR
8/19/2014
Fordham University professor Sr, Elizabeth Johnson received the an award from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and in her acceptance speech made several remarks criticizing members of the Church hierarchy.


New Springfield Bishop: Catholic Schools Are Crucial in Transmitting Faith
8/13/2014
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
8/6/2014
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."


New Executive Order Discriminates on Basis of Religious Beliefs, U.S. Bishops Say
7/22/2014
Two chairmen of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement lamenting the discrimination against those with religious beliefs found in President Obama's executive order which failed to include religious freedom protections.


Bishop Barber Reminds Teachers of Need to Set ‘Moral and Spiritual Example’
7/15/2014
Bishop Michael Barber of the Oakland Diocese recently sent a letter to teachers at Catholic schools focusing on the responsibility towards students through their "moral and spiritual example."


Use Religious Freedom to Evangelize the Culture, Argues Bishop Conley
7/15/2014
In an article about the importance of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case, Bishop James Conley of the Lincoln Diocese sounded a call for the importance of evangelization in the face of aggressive secularization.


Catholic Bishop Asks for Donations for Catholic Education in Lieu of Birthday Gifts
7/9/2014
Bishop Braxton has reportedly made Catholic education a priority since his arrival in Belleville and has reportedly initiated a "diocesan-wide effort to strengthen Catholic education."


U.S. Bishops Call for Prayer, Education, Action in Fortnight for Freedom
6/17/2014
The Fortnight takes place during a time, the bishops note, “when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power...”


Canadian Bishops Lament Catholic Teachers Group’s Intent to Join ‘LGBTQ Activism’ Parade
6/16/2014
“This decision shows that they and the OECTA [Ontario’s English Catholic Teachers Association] leadership have an inadequate and mistaken understanding of their faith,” wrote Cardinal Collins.


Apostolic Nuncio: Youth Challenged by ‘Secularism, Materialism, and Relativism’
6/10/2014
Archbishop Carlo Mario Vigano, the apostolic nuncio to the United States, recently spoke to Catholic educators at Fordham University in the Bronx, N.Y., about the challenges that youth face today.


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.”


Federal Court Exempts Hundreds of Catholic Employers from HHS Mandate
6/10/2014
A federal court has decided that a recently formed coalition called The Catholic Benefits Association, which represents more than 450 employers and 19,000 employees, is exempt from the Obama administration’s HHS mandate.


Leader of Latin American Bishops: Liberation Theology ‘Archaic, If Not Already Dead’
6/9/2014
Archbishop Retes indicated that liberation theology is irrelevant at a recent news conference in Rome... Liberation theology is, however, still prominent on the campuses of many Catholic universities throughout the U.S.


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.


Milwaukee Archbishop Listecki Responds to Parents’ Petition Against Common Core
6/5/2014
Archbishop Jerome Listecki said the standards are a useful “reference” but that the schools maintain a “strong commitment to Catholic identity” in education, according to FoxNews.com.


U.S. Cardinals Raise $2 Million for Catholic University of America Scholarships
6/3/2014
Eight U.S. Cardinals and 750 guests recently gathered for the 25th annual “American Cardinals Dinner” at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City to raise scholarship money for Catholic University of America students.


Archdiocese Says Catholic Identity Important in New Contract for Teachers
6/2/2014
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati says that its new teachers contract is the result of a call for Catholic identity and that the protests surrounding news of the contract are overblown.


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.”


Diocese of Greensburg, Catholic School File Suit over HHS Mandate
5/28/2014
Greensburg Bishop Lawrence Brandt reportedly called the HHS Mandate a “direct affront to our religious freedoms.”


Vatican Excommunicates Theologian Who Simulated Mass
5/23/2014
Theologian Martha Heizer, reportedly a former lecturer in religion at the University of Innsbruck, and the founder of “We Are Church,” was excommunicated by the Vatican along with her husband, Ehemann Gert.


Cardinal O’Brien Tells Thomas Aquinas College Grads: Witness to the Truth
5/23/2014
Cardinal O’Brien recently told graduating students of Thomas Aquinas College that they have been “formed for a mission: and that mission is nothing less than the rescue of the civilizational project of the West.”


Bishops' Common Core Statement Could Be 'Turning Point,' Says Newman Society President
5/20/2014
“This is an opportunity for Catholic schools to rediscover and embrace their core mission,” Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick J. Reilly told Breitbart News. 


Thomas Aquinas College Honors Former President, Benefactors of Chapel
5/19/2014
Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles recently visited Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., to bless bronze plaques and a book that honors the benefactors of the campus chapel.


Thomas More College Hosts Dr. Jonathan Reyes of USCCB at Commencement
5/15/2014
Dr. Jonathan Reyes, who is the executive director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development, will speak at the College's graduation on May 17.


Jesuit Theologian Investigated by Vatican Reportedly Agrees to Endorse Church Teaching
5/15/2014
Father Michael Amaladoss, S.J.—whose writing has been used in some Catholic college courses—has reportedly acquiesced to a Vatican order to write an article endorsing Church teaching following investigation into his writings.


U.S. Bishops Acknowledge Common Core Concerns, Affirm Importance of Catholic Mission in Schools
5/15/2014
“Catholic schools must consider standards that support the mission and purpose of the school as a Catholic institution,” states the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat of Catholic Education in a recent document.


Walsh Univ. Honors Member of USCCB Justice and Peace Committee at Graduation
5/9/2014
Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, honored its commencement speaker Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love, Catholic University of America politics professor, at graduation ceremonies on May 4.


Harvard University Students Plan to Host ‘Black Mass’ Reenactment
5/8/2014
Upon hearing the news, Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick J. Reilly decried the planned event, following the stated concerns of the Archdiocese of Boston.


Buffalo Bishop Malone Requires School to Uphold Catholic Identity
5/8/2014
Bishop Malone expressed his gratitude that a local Catholic high school reportedly chose not to compromise its Catholic mission after the institution refused—albeit with apparent reluctance—to announce a same-sex marriage.


Cardinal Burke: New Evangelization Consists in Teaching the Faith
5/8/2014
Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, recently spoke about the importance of “all forms of Catholic education” to the new evangelization.


Aquinas College (Tenn.) Confers First Graduate Degrees
5/6/2014
Aquinas College will host Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, S.V., of the Sisters of Life as its commencement speaker and Bishop David Choby of Nashville will celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass.


John Paul the Great Catholic Univ. to Dedicate New Campus
5/2/2014
The University will also bestow its first Impacting Culture for Christ awards to “those who give selflessly of themselves and whose witness provides a model for Impacting Culture for Christ in our contemporary culture.”


Pope Francis Commissions Cardinals to Address Peruvian University’s Catholic Identity
5/1/2014
In July of 2012, a Vatican decree stripped the University of its titles “Catholic” and “Pontifical” because of years of refusal to bring its statues into line with Ex corde Ecclesiae.


Green Bay Diocese Announces Plans for Catholic Classical Curriculum School
5/1/2014
“The goal is to develop complete thinkers who learn to draw on faith and reason together for the purpose of building up the church and society,” Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay reportedly said.


Benedictine College Names New Tower after Pope Saint John XXIII
4/30/2014
“A tower is an architectural feature that symbolizes vision... St. John XXIII was a pope of vision. He saw the problems of the modern world and had the courage to offer a response – the Second Vatican Council.”


Catholic Distance University Celebrates 30 Years of Faith and Innovation
4/25/2014
After beginning with two staff members and only paper-based courses, the now online University enrolls students from all 50 states and 64 countries.


Boston College to Honor Pro-Abortion Rights Secretary of State John Kerry at Graduation
4/25/2014
John Kerry, a Boston College Law School graduate and former senior US senator from Massachusetts, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the University’s 138th annual commencement exercises.


Christendom College Celebrates Upcoming Papal Canonizations with Lectures, Pilgrimage
4/23/2014
“In a special way we are honoring the memory of Pope John XXIII, since the college itself is a fruit of the teaching of the Second Vatican Council, which he called.”


Bishop Rhoades to Deliver Mount St. Mary’s University Commencement Address
4/23/2014
Bishop Rhoades, who served as a professor and then rector of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary from 1995-2004, will address the University’s graduating class of 2014 on May 11.


Charlotte Bishop Calls for Charity amidst Catholic High School Controversy over Talk
4/16/2014
Bishop Jugis said that there is “no room in the Catholic Church for such displays of uncharitableness and disrespect” following a Catholic high school meeting with parents about a lecture given by a religious sister.


St. Thomas Aquinas Should Have ‘Enormous Impact’ on Leadership, Says Well-Known Student of Aquinas
4/14/2014
Aquinas would ask, “What holds an organization together and what breaks it apart?” because “every substance for St. Thomas is a composite whole,” according to Dr. Redpath.


Wyoming Catholic College to Host Bishops Conley, Etienne at Commencement
4/7/2014
The College’s Baccalaureate Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Paul Etienne of the Diocese of Cheyenne, with Bishop James Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln con-celebrating and serving as homilist.


Notre Dame Honors Congressman Chris Smith with Evangelium Vitae Medal
4/7/2014
“In their work and in their persons, Congressman Chris and Marie Smith are extraordinary witnesses to the inalienable dignity and matchless worth of every member of the human family, born and unborn.”


CUA Students Explain Pro-Life Motivation Following Archbishop Lori Lecture
4/4/2014
“I hope the take-away for most people is, we need to look at the teachings of our popes and bishops, especially John Paul II’s Gospel of Life. We need to really take that to heart, and go forth and evangelize.”


University of Mary President to Preach Good Friday Service in St. Patrick’s Cathedral
4/3/2014
From noon until 3:00 pm on Friday, April 18, Monsignor James Shea will lead the faithful in meditation on Christ’s suffering and death.


‘Embrace the Mission’: Bishop Ricken Seeks Authenticity in Catholic Education
4/2/2014
“Catholic colleges make the greatest contributions to other colleges and universities and to society when they are thoroughly Catholic,” Bishop Ricken said.


Cardinal, Bishop, EWTN Exec. to Be Honored at Franciscan Univ. Commencement
4/1/2014
Cardinal DiNardo will be the main celebrant at the University’s Baccalaureate Mass, while Bishop Monforton will assist with the University’s exercises for graduate students.


Catholic Univ. of America Knights of Columbus Hosts Archbishop Lori
3/31/2014
Archbishop Lori of Baltimore will speak on “What it Means to be Pro-Life in Today’s Society” on April 1 at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.


Cardinal Burke Tells Parents to be ‘Especially Vigilant,’ Laments Infidelity of Catholic Colleges
3/25/2014
“Adults, young people and children must be educated about the central moral questions of the day,” said Cardinal Raymond Burke.


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