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Christendom College Celebrates Upcoming Papal Canonizations with Lectures, Pilgrimage
“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
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
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
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
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
“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
“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
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
“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
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
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
“Adults, young people and children must be educated about the central moral questions of the day,” said Cardinal Raymond Burke.

Pittsburgh Bishop Says ‘No’ to Common Core in Diocesan Schools
“The Diocese of Pittsburgh has not adopted the Common Core, nor have we adopted a curriculum based on it,” Bishop Zubik wrote.

Pro-Abortion Television Host Lectures at University of San Francisco
Pro-abortion rights MSNBC host Chris Matthews delivered a lecture last night at the University of San Francisco on “public service, faith, and the current political landscape,” according to the Jesuit University’s website.

Fordham Univ. to Host ‘IgnatianQ: Finding God in the LGBTQ & Ally Jesuit Student Community’
The lecture series features a number of speakers including Sister Elizabeth Johnson, whose recent book was condemned by the U.S. Bishops.

Thomas Aquinas College Announces Cardinal O’Brien as Commencement Speaker
The Cardinal will also serve as the principal celebrant and homilist at the College’s Baccalaureate Mass and will receive the College’s highest honor, the Saint Thomas Aquinas Medallion.

Fordham University Celebrates Former Pro-Abortion Congresswoman
Fordham University recently celebrated the life of the late pro-abortion rights politician Geraldine Ferraro by showing a documentary of her life directed by her daughter.

Controversy at Fisher More College
The news broke this week that Fisher More College lost permission to celebrate the Extraordinary Form on campus, and some commentators are suggesting that disputes about Church teaching at the College may be a back-story. 

Cardinal Wuerl, Catholic U. Prof. Urge President Obama to Defend Religious Freedom
"As you promote religious freedom abroad, please also give attention to preserving the First Amendment freedoms of all Americans here at home,” the letter stated.

University of St. Thomas in Houston to Honor Cardinal DiNardo
“We are very fortunate to have Cardinal DiNardo on our Board of Directors and gratefully recognize his contributions to UST and to the entire Catholic community for the past 10 years,” said Dr. Robert Ivany, St. Thomas President.

Irish Archbishop: 3 Ways Catholic Schools Can Respond to Challenge of the Gospel
Archbishop Eamon Martin asked,“to what extent do we, in our Catholic schools, facilitate young people in grasping the truths of faith, growing in love of God and neighbor, and in becoming witnesses for Christ?”

Catholic University of America to Host Cardinal Burke for Lecture
Presented by CUA’s School of Canon Law, Cardinal Burke will discuss “The Relation between the Apostolic Signatura and the Local Church.”

‘Nuns on the Bus’ to Discuss ‘Women’s Leadership After Vatican II’ at Georgetown
Sister Ilia Delio, O.S.F., director of Catholic studies and a visiting professor at Georgetown, invited four sisters to Georgetown to “discuss the role of nuns…in the areas of social justice, education, leadership, and health care.”

Irish Catholic Schools May Teach Other Faiths in New Program
A new plan in the works for Catholic schools in Ireland could have students studying other religions in addition to Catholicism, according to an article by

U.S. Bishops Urge Prayer for Catholic Education, Following Pope’s Address to Notre Dame
The bishops are calling on Catholics to pray and abstain from meat, with the prayer intention that “we can continue to educate students in the fullness of our Catholic faith.”

Ethics ‘Dialogue’ at Santa Clara Univ. Features Dalai Lama, CEO Who Stripped Hospitals of Catholic Ties
The heavily promoted event entitled “Business, Ethics, and Compassion: A Dialogue with the Dalai Lama” is already sold out.

Pope Tells Notre Dame to 'Defend, Preserve, Advance’ Catholic Identity
Pope Francis today urged the University of Notre Dame to be an “uncompromising witness… to the Church’s moral teaching” and to resist “efforts, from whatever quarter, to dilute that indispensable witness."

Catholic Education Vital to Success of Society, Says Denver Archbishop
Those who are involved in Catholic education are to be on the “leading edge of the new evangelization,” writes Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver, Colo., in a column in honor of Catholic Schools Week in the Denver Catholic Register.

Villanova Univ. Honors NETWORK, Despite Conflicts with Vatican, U.S. Bishops
Villanova University recently honored the social justice group NETWORK, which has been the subject of a Vatican doctrinal review.

Georgetown Students Organize Large Pro-Life Conference
Robert George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, will be headlining this year’s Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life at Georgetown University.

Bishop Christensen of Superior, Wis., Cautious About Common Core
He points out that because the Common Core State Standards “have not been field-tested nor been around long enough to realize their impact, Catholic Schools should not fear them but monitor them.”

Archbishop Kurtz Asks President Obama for Temporary Relief from HHS Mandate
..."I urge you, therefore, to consider offering temporary relief from this mandate, as you have for so many other individuals and groups facing other requirements under the ACA.”

Catholic Schools Must ‘Strengthen’ Identity and Support Evangelization, Says Vatican Cardinal
A new document entitled “Educating in intercultural dialogue in the Catholic school. Living together for a civili[z]ation of love” was announced today by the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education.

Gonzaga Drops Direct Contraceptive Coverage, Still Complies with HHS Mandate
In November of last year, Gonzaga University President Thayne McCulloh announced that the Jesuit University would directly pay for “contraceptive services.”

Fordham Presents Theologian Rebuked by Vatican
A recent panel discussion at Fordham University asked what religious traditions could learn from those who label themselves “spiritual but not religious.” 

Madison, La Crosse Dioceses Reject Common Core Standards for Schools
The Diocese of La Crosse, Wis., will be “neither adapting nor adopting” the controversial Common Core State Standards, the Catholic school superintendent has told The Cardinal Newman Society.

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.

Cardinal Dolan Says Catholic High School’s Decision Distorts True Meaning of Tolerance
Cardinal Timothy Dolan recently wrote a commentary for The New York Daily News lamenting a Catholic high school’s decision to cancel a lecture about the Church’s true teaching on homosexuality.

Some Pennsylvania Catholic Colleges Hesitant to Follow Bishops’ Lead Opposing HHS Mandate
The bishops in Pittsburgh and Erie have stated that they will not comply with the HHS mandate, but some of the Catholic colleges in their dioceses appear to be less resolute.

Court Victory on HHS Mandate Protects Rights of Catholic Educators
It is the first preliminary injunction awarded to a religious nonprofit to halt the HHS mandate since the Obama administration issued its final and very narrow religious exemption on June 28.

U.S. Bishops Issue Message on Religious Liberty and HHS Mandate
The message states that the government is “refusing to uphold its obligation to respect the rights of religious believers,” in its coercive HHS mandate.  

Cardinal O’Malley Decries Cohabitation Mentality for Undermining Marriage
The Newman Guide colleges make chastity a corner stone of campus life by fostering a supportive, authentically Catholic environment, and instituting student life policies.

Green Bay’s Bishop Ricken Says No to Common Core in Diocesan Schools
“I have instructed our diocesan Department of Education staff, school principals and school system administrators that they not ‘adopt or adapt’ the ‘common core standards.’”

Bishops Encourage Continued Prayer for Life, Marriage, Religious Liberty
At their recent annual conference in Baltimore, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) extended their “Call to Prayer” to protect life, marriage, and religious liberty, according to an article by the Catholic News Agency.

Senate Bill Could Cripple Catholic Schools' Employment Practices and Pose Threat to Religious Liberty
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).

Vatican Official’s Message to United Nations Speaks to Catholic Colleges
Archbishop Francis Chullikatt condemned the United Nations’ recommendations promoting “safe abortion” and homosexuality as “particularly reprehensible.”

Fairfield University Undermines Church’s Sexuality Teachings by Hosting “The Pelvis and the Pulpit” Panel Discussion
The panel claimed to answer the question, “Is the Church wrong about sex?” Unfortunately, their answer seemed to be yes.

Minnesota Sex Abuse Scandal Entangles University of St. Thomas; Leads to Clergy Resignations
While none of the allegations of abuse took place at the university, several clergy implicated in the scandal either were employed at the institution or served on its board.

Georgetown University Canon Lawyer Questions Holy See’s Authority in Blatty Petition
The Rev. Orsy, S.J., a visiting professor at Georgetown, was quoted as saying, “the official title of Georgetown is ‘Georgetown University,’ not ‘Georgetown Catholic University.’"

Upcoming Conference Examines Catholic Higher Education’s Role in the New Evangelization
“Indeed, in studying itself we are engaged in the process of evangelization... so this community of learners can play an important role in the new evangelization.”

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