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Loyola Marymount Employees File Complaint against California Abortion Mandate
9/12/2014
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF) filed a complaint on Friday with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of seven Loyola Marymount University employees.


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."


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).


California Bishops ‘Distressed’ by Abortion Mandate, Planning Response
9/8/2014
Ned Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, told The Cardinal Newman Society that California’s bishops are “surprised and distressed” by the California Department of Managed Healthcare’s (DMHC) decision and a response is being planned.


Colleges Recommended in Newman Guide Comment on HHS Mandate Accommodation
9/8/2014
Several Catholic colleges and universities recommended in The Newman Guide have issued press releases and statements commenting on the Obama administration’s recent update to the HHS mandate accommodation.


Magdalen President Highlights Pope Benedict’s Vision for Catholic Education
9/4/2014
The president of The College of Saint Mary Magdalen, Dr. George Harne, recently shared his commentary on Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s vision for Catholic higher education and the renewal of Catholic universities.


Soccer Match Proceeds to Fund Education Project Supported by Pope
9/3/2014
Proceeds from the Interreligious Match for Peace will go to Scholas Occurrentes, an educational entity launched by the Pope Francis. World Cup and international soccer stars gathered to play a charity match on September 1.


Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict Demonstrate Importance of Education
8/29/2014
Earlier this month, Pope Francis spoke about education with the bishops of Seoul during his visit to South Korea, while Pope Emeritus Benedict celebrated Mass with his former students.


Former Polish PM to Speak on Legacy of JPII at Franciscan’s Austria Campus
8/28/2014
Franciscan University of Steubenville issued a news release on Aug. 25 stating that former Polish Prime Minister Hanna Suchocka will speak at an Austrian symposium, held at Franciscan’s study abroad site, on the legacy and contributions of Pope Saint John Paul II.


Bishops Plan Renewed Working Group on Ex corde Ecclesiae
8/26/2014
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Catholic Education is in the process of identifying and inviting Catholic college presidents and bishops to discuss topics of Catholic education in America in a new working group.


Bishop Rhoades Praises Commitment to Catholic Education at Local School
8/22/2014
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish of Fort Wayne, Ind., recently completed construction on a new educational wing for the opening of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School.


Christendom President Reconfirmed as Pontifical Consultor by Pope Francis
8/21/2014
Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, president of Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., will continue his work as a pontifical consultor, the College reported. Pope Francis reconfirmed Dr. O’Donnell’s appointment as consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Family. 


Archbishop Carlson Asks Catholic Schools for Masses and Rosaries for Ferguson
8/21/2014
On Monday, August 18, Archbishop Robert Carlson issued a letter to the faithful in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, focusing on the “turmoil and tragedy” in the Ferguson, Mo., community and its struggle “to find peace in the chaos.”


Christian College Secures Victory over HHS Mandate
8/20/2014
Last week, a federal court ruled in favor of Louisiana College in its suit against the HHS mandate ... The decision ruled that the mandate violated the college’s religious freedom.


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.”


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