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Franciscan Univ. Households ‘Cornerstone of Student Life Experience’
12/19/2014
The “household” system has become a unique foundation for student formation, student life, and evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, said Father Gregory Plow in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society.


Fordham Univ. Seeks ‘Room for Compromise’ With Condom Advocates
12/19/2014
Faced with pressure from an unofficial student group to provide free condoms and on-campus access to birth control, Fordham University officials have opened a “dialogue” with advocates while continuing to assert the Jesuit university’s Catholic identity.


‘Tent Gang’ Prepares Students for March for Life at Benedictine College
12/19/2014
The “Tent Gang,” took turns in November and early December sleeping in a tent on campus, “prayerfully sacrificing their time and comfort to raise awareness about the March for Life,” a student wrote.


Xavier Univ. Workshop Aimed to ‘Challenge Gender Roles’
12/19/2014
Xavier University recently hosted a student workshop designed to “challenge gender roles,” which apparently failed to integrate the Church’s teaching on sexual identity.


D.C. Mayor, Attorney General: New Abortion Mandate Likely Unconstitutional
12/18/2014
Yesterday’s vote by the Council of the District of Columbia to approve a bill banning religious organizations from discriminating against employees for their “reproductive health” practices likely violates the Constitution and federal law, warned the D.C. mayor before the final vote.


Marquette Prof. McAdams Points to Blog in Support of Catholic Identity as Cause of Suspension
12/18/2014
Marquette University professor John McAdams indicated that an article on his blog—which exposes Catholic identity scandals at the university—is likely the cause of his suspension. The Cardinal Newman Society spoke with McAdams in an exclusive interview today.


Faithful Catholic Colleges Featured in Kiplinger ‘Best Value’ Rankings
12/18/2014
Several colleges and universities recommended in The Newman Guide were recently recognized as “Best Value Colleges” by Kiplinger, a business and personal finance publisher.


Thomas More College Brings Advent, Christmas Spirit to Local Community
12/18/2014
A group of students from The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, N.H., sang Advent and Christmas songs for community members at a local park this weekend, the College reported.


Catholic Higher Ed. Threatened by ‘LGBT Advocacy’ Argues Professor
12/18/2014
Catholic higher education is at considerable risk due to the advance of “sexual radicalism and extreme LGBT advocacy,” argued professor Robert Oscar Lopez in a recent piece at Public Discourse. Such advocacy at Catholic colleges often seeks to destabilize Catholic identity.


‘Schools of Excellence’ Offer Strong Catholic Identity, Unique Opportunities for Students
12/17/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society spoke to leaders of six Catholic schools recognized by the Newman Society's Catholic Education Honor Roll as “Schools of Excellence” to showcase the uniqueness and strengths offered at different Schools of Excellence.


Catholic College Students Surprise Mall Shoppers with Christmas Flash Mob
12/17/2014
The performance is one of the many ways students from faithful Catholic colleges across the country are preparing for and celebrating the upcoming Christmas season.


Household System Brings ‘Amazing Growth’ to John Paul the Great Catholic University
12/17/2014
In the fall of 2013, John Paul the Great Catholic University formed the University’s first household. At present, according to a University news release, the program has expanded to include a total of seven households, which have led to unprecedented “growth” among the students.


Pro-Life Publication at Catholic U. Named a Best Journal
12/17/2014
A pro-life academic journal, published by students at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C., was recently recognized by an award from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and the Collegiate Network.


Professor Who Exposes Catholic Identity Scandals Is Suspended by Marquette Univ.
12/17/2014
Dr. John McAdams, a professor of political science at Marquette University whose blog posts have brought to light many of the Jesuit University’s actions undermining its Catholic identity, has reportedly been suspended from Marquette.


Young People for Traditional Marriage, Family Are the New Counterculture, Says Student
12/16/2014
Students who support traditional marriage and religious commitment are part of the new “counterculture” on today’s college campuses, University of Michigan student Ryan Shinkel argued in a recent article for First Things.


Hillary Clinton at Georgetown a ‘Been There, Done That’ Kind of Event
12/16/2014
Georgetown University once again hosted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for a prestigious engagement on campus, despite her staunch opposition to Catholic teaching on key issues.


Students Downplay Role of Faith, Spiritual Life at Catholic College
12/16/2014
The faith life at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., plays a limited role of influence in students’ lives, according to a recent article by the editor-in-chief of the College’s student newspaper, The Ionian.


Faithful College Grads Mentor Catholic Teachers in ‘Living Authentically Catholic Life’
12/16/2014
Two alumni from the Gulf Region Academy for Catholic Educators program at the University of St. Thomas in Houston recently returned to the program to mentor current students and help them discover what it means to be a Catholic teacher.


Aquinas College Conference to Examine Family in Church and Society
12/16/2014
Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn., will host the ninth annual St. Thomas Aquinas Forum on the “role of family in the Church, in society, and in God’s plan from the beginning,” the College recently announced. The Forum will take place from February 13 – 14, 2015.


Archdiocese Creates Office of Catholic Identity to Strengthen Catholic Schools
12/15/2014
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco is introducing a new, first-of-its-kind archdiocesan office that will work with Catholic high schools to ensure and strengthen their Catholic identity, according to Catholic San Francisco.


Christendom to Host Apologetics and New Evangelization Conference
12/15/2014
“Encountering Christ: Apologetics and the New Evangelization” is the title of this year’s biennial summer conference held at Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., the College recently announced.


Diocese to Defend Its Religious Freedom in Teacher Dismissal Case
12/15/2014
The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, prompted by a lawsuit from a former Catholic school teacher whose contract was not renewed after the diocese discovered that she had violated its clear morality clause, is being required to stand for a jury trial this week.


Esteemed Theologian Dr. William May Dies
12/15/2014
The Culture of Life Foundation recently announced the passing of theologian Dr. William May. May was in critical condition following complications arising from an infection, and died on the morning of Saturday, December 13.


Notre Dame Offers Course Preparing Students for Anti-Christian Conference
12/15/2014
The University of Notre Dame is offering a course for the upcoming spring semester that includes in-class preparation for a conference with indications of anti-Christian sentiments.


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.


St. Gregory’s Univ. Holds Blessing of New Grotto, Statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe
12/12/2014
The statue was reportedly chosen for the University's "strong devotion to the Hispanic heritage" and commitment to the pro-life movement.


Interest in Traditional Liturgy Growing among Catholic Millennials
12/12/2014
Young Catholics are continuing to embrace the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, according to a recent article for Crisis Magazine.


Professors Urge Notre Dame to Fix Broken Core Curriculum
12/12/2014
At least a few Notre Dame faculty members have taken the occasion of a ten-year academics review to argue for the improvement of the University’s core curriculum requirement, which one professor said “has deteriorated,” The Irish Rover reported.


Prayers Needed for Dr. William May, Who Is in Critical Condition
12/12/2014
Catholic theologian Dr. William May is in critical condition following complications arising from an infection, the Culture of Life Foundation has reported. Culture of Life described May, who is 87, as “very weak,” but assured that he was surrounded by his wife, Patricia, his family and friends.


Internships with Pro-Abortion Groups Listed, Then Removed from Catholic College Website
12/12/2014
The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota (UST) was recently discovered to have listed volunteer opportunities for students with abortion advocacy organizations, though the information has since been removed.


New Book on ‘Renewal of Catholic History’ Set to Inspire Next Generation of Scholars
12/11/2014
Co-authors of the recently released book, The Past as Pilgrimage: Narrative, Tradition and the Renewal of Catholic History, shared their insights regarding the study of history and the tremendous need to educate and raise up a new generation of Catholic historians.


D.C. Council Steamrolls Religious Freedom for Catholic Schools, Universities
12/11/2014
The Council of the District of Columbia has repealed an exemption to the D.C. Human Rights Act for Catholic schools and universities, despite warnings from Catholic education leaders of the dire consequences such a move would have for religious freedom in the nation’s capital.


DeSales Student Meets Pope Francis Following Prestigious Vatican Internship
12/11/2014
Senior Alexandra Romanyshyn was granted the audience in recognition of her work as an intern with the Pontifical Council for Culture at the Vatican.


St. Gregory’s University to Welcome Travelling Illuminated Bible Exhibit
12/11/2014
With the assistance of St. Gregory's Abbey and the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, the bible will remain on display at the Museum from December 14, 2014, until January 25, 2015.


John Paul the Great Catholic Univ. Set to Host 2015 West Coast Biblical Conference
12/11/2014
Co-sponsored by the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, this year's conference is titled "The Mystery of Christ in the Church: A Study of Ephesians."


Objection to Same-Sex Marriage Called ‘Harassment’ in Marquette Univ. Training
12/11/2014
Marquette University provided its employees with an anti-harassment training program which promoted the idea that criticism of same-sex marriage should be reported as harassment, despite clear Catholic teaching on marriage as between one man and one woman.


Students Joyfully Await Birth of Christ at Faithful Catholic Colleges
12/10/2014
Throughout the month of December, institutions recommended in The Newman Guide are offering students opportunities to celebrate Advent and prepare for Christmas before returning home at the end of the semester.


Creighton President Falsely Claims to Follow Christ in Same-Sex Benefits
12/10/2014
The president of Creighton University missed the true meaning of Christ’s instruction to welcome all people, when he used that teaching as justification to offer employment benefits to same-sex partners of employees, writes Father Paul Scalia at The Catholic Thing.


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.


Notre Dame Professor Accuses Pope of ‘Crass Chauvinism,’ Alumnus Refutes
12/10/2014
Notre Dame professor Candida Moss recently co-wrote an op-ed accusing Pope Francis of “crass chauvinism,” but alumnus Michael Bradley took to the pages of Ethika Politika to challenge her assertions.


Georgetown Pays President More than Any Catholic College, but Catholic Identity Abuse Continues
12/10/2014
Georgetown University President John DeGioia was ranked 15th in an analysis of the most highly paid presidents conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Georgetown, the only Catholic university on the list, has been at the center of many Catholic identity-related scandals.


Center for Faith and Culture Is Making Strides at Univ. of St. Thomas in Houston
12/10/2014
In light of its 20th anniversary, Fr. Nesti, the Center’s founder and current director, spoke with the Society about the Center’s role at UST and how it has grown over the past two decades.


Mount St. Mary’s University Announces 25th President
12/9/2014
Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., announced the appointment of its 25th president, Simon Newman, the chief executive officer of Cornerstone Management Group. He will succeed current president Dr. Thomas Powell, who is stepping down after 11 years as president.


Franciscan Univ. Students on Lourdes Pilgrimage to Be Featured in PBS Documentary
12/9/2014
Fifteen Franciscan students, one faculty member, and a priest traveled with more than 40 wounded soldiers, veterans and their families, providing medical and other assistance to them throughout the pilgrimage.


Alumni Summarize Catholic Identity Concerns at Notre Dame from Last 18 Months
12/9/2014
An organization dedicated to restoring the University of Notre Dame’s Catholic identity recently released a report noting that the past 18 months “have been marked by a battery of increasingly alarming actions” concerning the University's Catholic identity.


Oral Arguments Heard in Case against HHS Mandate
12/9/2014
Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire of the Little Sisters of the Poor presented oral arguments before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals for the case representing more than 400 Catholic organizations in the Christian Brothers Employee Benefit Trust, including The Cardinal Newman Society.


Student Thanks Walsh Univ. for Formation Leading to Creation of Charity
12/9/2014
Daniel Widder, a recent graduate from Walsh University, founded a project dedicated to assisting orphan children in Ukraine. Widder recently spoke with The Cardinal Newman Society about “Change for Ukraine” and how his Walsh education prepared him for his charitable work.


Politics Department at Jesuit U. Funds Event for Students with Planned Parenthood
12/5/2014
An event called “Let’s Talk Sex” was recently hosted at Fairfield University by the College Democrats and reportedly received funding from the Jesuit university’s politics department, according to The Fairfield Mirror.


Thomas Aquinas College a Great Foundation for Studying Architecture, Says Alumnus
12/5/2014
Anthony Grumbine, an alumnus and design associate at Harrison Design in Santa Barbara, Calif., spoke to students about the state of architectural studies and pursuing careers in the architecture field.


Students for Life of America Launches Innovative College Pregnancy Resource Website
12/5/2014
Students for Life of America (SFLA) recently launched a new website as an extension of its Pregnant on Campus Initiative, according to the organization’s news release.


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