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Pope Francis Says Families Should Beware of ‘Strange Ideas,’ ‘Ideological’ Teaching in Schools
6/17/2015
The forecast in Rome on Sunday called for rain, but the only things descending on the Vatican were crowds of families for the opening of the Ecclesial Congress of the Diocese of Rome, where Pope Francis encouraged parents to remember their essential role as the primary educators of their children, making sure to educate them against the cultural ideas destroying the family.

“Yes, it’s true, there is a rain of families in Saint Peter’s Square,” said Pope Francis as he joyfully greeted the crowds. The Holy Father thanked parents for joining him and for their willingness to be examples of the moral and spiritual life for their children. He stated that the educational task of parents is becoming especially difficult in an increasingly relativistic and secular world.


Pope Francis Weighs In On Role of Teachers, Coaches as Witnesses
5/21/2015
Pope Francis last week said that the influence of a Catholic educator “depends more on what he is as a person and the way he lives than what he says,” and even athletics coaches—whom he included as educators—must be “formators” and therefore need their own “solid formation” to prepare forgiving witness to the faith. 

The Pope’s words are especially timely in the United States, as many bishops have been working to better define the Church’s expectations for Catholic school employees, even while some teachers in San Francisco are demanding a right to dissent. 

“[H]ow important it is that a coach be an example of integrity, of coherence, of good judgment, of impartiality, but also of joy of living, of patience, of capacity to esteem and of benevolence to all, especially the most disadvantaged!” Pope Francis stated, according to ZENIT’stranslation. “And how important it is that he be an example of faith!”


Pope Francis: Parents Should Assert Proper Role as Educators, Not Yield to ‘Experts’
5/21/2015
Pope Francis yesterday made a forceful plea for parents to reassert their role as primary educators of their children, an argument that has great significance for Catholic schools and homeschooling families and puts education in the spotlight as the Church prepares for the World Meeting of Families in September in Philadelphia and the Synod on the Family in October in Rome.

Pope Francis began by expressing his joy at seeing so many families gathered with their children, according to Zenit’s translation of the address. He noted that the “essential characteristic of the family” is its “natural vocation to educate the children so that they grow in responsibility for themselves and for others.” Speaking directly to parents, he encouraged them not to shrink away from this unique and God-given role in education.

“Jesus himself went through family education,” Pope Francis explained. “In this case also, the grace of the life of Christ leads to fulfillment what is inscribed in human nature. How many wonderful examples we have of Christian parents full of human wisdom! They show that a good family education is the spinal cord of humanism.”

Dr. Dan Guernsey, director of K-12 education programs for The Cardinal Newman Society, said that the Holy Father’s recognition of the parents’ special role is important to the Church. “You have to know and love the sheep you shepherd,” Guernsey said. “You have to be with them where they are and lead them to truth in the light of faith. No one knows (or should know) the young sheep better than its mother and father.”


Vatican to Address ‘Educational Emergency’ at World Congress Marking Key Anniversaries
5/11/2015
Marking the anniversaries of two critical Vatican documents on education, the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education is preparing for a World Congress this year to address the growing “educational emergency” in Catholic education.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II Declaration on Christian Education, Gravissium Educationis, issued by Pope Paul VI in 1965, and the 25th anniversary of the Apostolic Constitution on Catholic Universities, Ex corde Ecclesiae, issued by Saint Pope John Paul II in 1990.

But while the anniversaries call for celebration of the important mission of Catholic education, the Congregation for Catholic Education plans to discuss some of the more critical concerns in education when its World Congress meets in Rome on November 18-21.

“As part of these celebrations, the Congregation aims to re-energize the Church’s commitment to education, by means of this World Congress,” the Congregation states on its website. “In the years following the Second Vatican Council, the Magisterium has repeatedly spoken of the importance of education, and has also invited the Christian community to play its part in education – particularly in the face of today’s obvious, and often critical, ‘educational emergency.’”


San Diego University’s Drag Show Snubs Vatican, Challenges New Bishop
4/17/2015
On Thursday, the first full day in office for San Diego’s new Catholic bishop, the Catholic University of San Diego (USD) hosted a “drag show” that the Vatican last year described as “scandalous.”

Attorney Charles LiMandri, who founded Alumni for a Catholic USD and helped file a petition to the Vatican against the University’s annual cross-dressing event, spoke with The Cardinal Newman Society to discuss why USD is continuing to ignore the Vatican and even the recent words of Pope Francis.

Last year, the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education responded to the petition submitted by LiMandri and Thomas McKenna, founder and president of Catholic Action for Faith and Family. The Congregation’s letter deemed the drag show a “scandal” and declared its intentions “to act through administrative channels to the competent ecclesiastical authority in San Diego.”

But despite the Vatican’s response, the University held its fourth edition of the event on April 16, Bishop Robert McElroy’s first full day as the bishop of San Diego. The show was titled “Celebration of Gender Expression: Supreme Drag Superstar IV.”

“We have the opportunity and a clean slate with a new bishop and a new president,” LiMandri said. “I am hoping and praying that this is the last drag show at USD.”

“I feel very sorry for the students who are there [at USD] now,” he added, “because they are not only being deprived of the experience of an authentic Catholic education, but they are being given something directly opposite it under the guise of a Catholic education. And that’s very tragic.”


Vatican’s New Education Prefect Opposes ‘Relativistic’ Culture, Defends Family
4/9/2015
Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, who was recently named by Pope Francis to serve as prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education, has a strong record of defending marriage and family against a culture that increasingly dilutes the importance of those sacred institutions.

His appointment comes at a time when Catholic education and religious freedom are under attack by advocates for the redefinition of marriage and sexual morality, and just months before the Synod on the Family later this year.

In a 2013 speech on the defense of the natural family, Cardinal Versaldi urged the Church to resist a “relativistic and subjective culture,”ZENIT reported. As modern culture becomes increasingly embroiled in redefinition, it becomes more necessary than ever to safeguard “the full and objective meaning of marriage,” Cardinal Versaldi said.


Catholic School Launches Campaign to Pray One Million Hail Marys for Pope’s Safety
3/12/2015
The prayer campaign quickly spread throughout the school community and now to the St. Charles Catholic and Brother Martin diocesan high schools. More than 730,000 Hail Marys have been recorded so far, the Clarion Herald reported at the time of publication.


Notre Dame Professor Continues to Criticize Pope Francis, Undermine Church Teaching
3/12/2015
Candida Moss, a professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, recently criticized Pope Francis for calling attention to the destructive potential of “gender theory.” Moss alleged that the Holy Father “consistently sells women down the river.”


Pope: Holiness and Study of Theology Are Inseparable
3/11/2015
In a letter to the grand chancellor of the Catholic University of Argentina, Pope Francis reflected on the unique vocation of theologians and how theology and holiness are connected.


Notre Dame Launches Online Theology Program for Hispanic Catholics
3/2/2015
Esther Terry, the program director for Camino, stated in the release that the program’s ultimate goal is to use technology and social communications "to walk with others and lead to an encounter in Christ."


Christendom President to Address Thousands at World Meeting of Families
2/18/2015
The three-day programming portion of the event will feature presentations and breakout sessions that address topics such as strengthening familial bonds, the challenges families face in the 21st century, and other family life issues.


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.


Pope Francis Grants Papal Knighthood to Prof at University of St. Thomas in Houston
2/5/2015
An English professor at the University of St. Thomas in Houston was recently named a knight of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great. Pope Francis bestowed the honor on Clinton Brand for his assistance integrating Anglican customs into Catholic liturgy.


Univ. of Mary Student Experiences Rare Encounter with Pope Francis
1/30/2015
During a papal audience in Rome, sophomore Andrew Meyer reportedly traded zucchettos with the Holy Father as he passed by, greeting crowds of students and visitors.


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.


George Weigel Explains How Catholic Universities Can Help Prepare for 2015 Synod
1/16/2015
The Cardinal Newman Society spoke to George Weigel of the Ethics & Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., about his recent article, to discern how Catholic colleges and universities can participate in laying the groundwork in the lead up to the Ordinary Synod in October.


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.


Pope Francis Encourages Seattle Univ. President to Provide Witness to Faith for Students
1/7/2015
Seattle University President Father Stephen Sundborg, S.J. recently met with Pope Francis in the Vatican. Fr. Sundborg related to the Pope the problem of relativism on campus and the Holy Father responded with advice including encouragement to provide a witness to the faith.


Catholic Colleges Must Launch ‘Revolution of Love of God’ to Protect Religious Freedom
1/6/2015
While the continuing attacks on the religious freedom of Catholic institutions can be traced back to a failure by believers to witness to the Faith, students formed by faithful Catholic university education have an opportunity to turn things around, argues Kathryn Lopez.


Pope Sends Condolences on Passing of Former Congregation of Catholic Ed. Secretary
12/31/2014
Archbishop Giuseppe Pittau, a Jesuit who served in several Catholic education capacities throughout the Church, died on December 26 in Tokyo at the age of 86. Pope Francis sent a personal telegram to the Jesuits praising the archbishop and offering his condolences.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Pope Francis Encourages Europe to Invest in Education and Family
12/3/2014
In his recent address to the European Parliament, Pope Francis noted that education acts as encouragement for the full flourishing of the human person and noted education's close ties to family.


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."


Students Explore Canada’s Deep Catholic Roots on Quebec Pilgrimage
12/2/2014
A recent pilgrimage to Quebec City with students from Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy in Barry’s Bay, Ontario, Canada, was “prayerful” and “enculturating,” writes Professor John Paul Meenan on the Academy’s website.


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.


Pontifical Universities Are Key to Understanding Family, Cardinal Scola Says
11/11/2014
Cardinal Scola, a former rector and professor at the Pontifical Lateran University, opened the academic year at the Lateran with a lecture on Pope Francis' vision for universities.


Pope Francis Reaffirms Family’s Integral Role in Education
11/10/2014
The family is “the primary place of education,” said Pope Francis to members of the Italian Catholic Adult Scout Movement. The Holy Father stressed the importance of family in educating the next generation, forming vocations, and creating a community of love and life.


College of St. Mary Magdalen Follows Pope’s Example, Prays for Faithful Departed
11/6/2014
The College of Saint Mary Magdalen in Warner, N.H., celebrated several Masses for the intercession of the saints and for the souls of the faithful departed on the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls, reported the College.


Pope Francis Receives Highest Honor from Israeli University
10/28/2014
The award was reportedly given "in recognition of [the Pope's] lifelong efforts and commitment to building bridges between worlds, promoting peace and harmony among nations and creeds, and defending and fighting for human rights."


Cardinal Müller to Speak at Notre Dame Conference on Poverty
10/28/2014
The conference, entitled “Your Light Will Rise in the Darkness: Responding to the Cry of the Poor,” will run from October 30 - November 1 and is reportedly inspired by Pope Francis’ encouragement to give “a voice to the cry of the poor.”


Catholic University Presidents Sign Plea to Help Child Refugees
10/27/2014
The document asks all citizens to “reflect deeply on Pope Francis’s recent call that, ‘as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected.’”


Conference on New Evangelization at University to Coincide with Pope’s Trip to Philippines
10/23/2014
The second Philippine Conference on New Evangelization will be held from January 15 to 17, 2015, and is set to coincide with Pope Francis’ four-day visit to the Philippines. Cardinal Tagle announced its location at the University of Santo Tomas in a letter to his parish priests.


Final Report from Synod on Family Emphasizes Education
10/21/2014
In the final report issued by the Synod on the Family, the synod fathers reached a unanimous decision that more education is a necessity when it comes to families, according to Catholic News Agency’s coverage of the report.


Pope Comments on How Universities Can Encourage Dialogue between Faith and Reason
10/17/2014
Pope Francis recently sent a message to the Italian Catholic University Federation, according to Vatican Information Service, conveying the importance of its work in universities with three words: study, research, and frontier.


New Latin American Studies Certificate Supports Catholic Identity at CUA
10/17/2014
The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., is offering a new certificate program in Latin American and Latino Studies. According to the University report, the program is of great import for CUA’s Catholic identity due to the growing significance of Latin America in the Church. 


Courage Director Fr. Check Comments on Passage about Homosexuals in Synod Report
10/16/2014
Members of the international Courage apostolate have responded “with dismay, concern and some pain” to the Extraordinary Synod for the Family’s recent midterm report passage on homosexuality, which has been subsequently updated, according to the National Catholic Register.


Rockhurst University to Host Symposium with Newspaper Condemned by Bishop
10/14/2014
Rockhurst University, a Catholic institution in Kansas City, Mo., is set to cosponsor a symposium with the National Catholic Reporter on November 1, 2014, according to the University.


World Meeting of Families Catechesis a ‘Wealth of Knowledge’ for Catholic Education
10/8/2014
The Catechesis “is a wealth of knowledge that can be used in Catholic education in many ways—but even more foundationally, it touches on the joy of Catholic education,” an organizer of the meeting told The Cardinal Newman Society in an exclusive interview.


Scholars Write to Pope Francis, Hope to Turn Marriage Crisis ‘On Its Head’
10/3/2014
The letter comes in anticipation of the upcoming Synod on the Family, and hopes to address the growing concerns surrounding marriage related issues: pornography, "no fault divorce," cohabitation before marriage, and more.


Letters from 70,000 Students Delivered to Pope Francis
10/2/2014
A group of five Argentinean fathers nicknamed “the Pope’s mailmen” recently delivered more than 70,000 letters from students to Pope Francis, according to the Catholic News Agency.


Professor Sees Catholic Mission Conflict in Notre Dame’s ‘Crossroads’ Project
10/1/2014
The University of Notre Dame is planning to move forward with its $400 million “Campus Crossroads Project” that would see the iconic University stadium become the “crossroads” of campus, despite a warning that the change would be detrimental to Notre Dame’s Catholic mission.


UST-Houston Prof. Helps Pope Prepare for World Youth Day Reflection on Beatitudes
9/24/2014
University of St. Thomas in Houston philosophy professor Dr.John Hittinger joined a group of 20 academics and scholars to help Pope Francis in his preparation for World Youth Day 2016, set to take place in Krakow, Poland.


Future of Catholic Education in Israel Is Uncertain, Says Expert
9/23/2014
At present, the vast number of Catholic school leaders in Israel “are very discouraged and have little hope for a bright future,” said Father Jeffrey Burwell, the director of Catholic studies at the University of Manitoba in Canada, in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society.


Christian Persecution Research Project Launched at Notre Dame, Georgetown
9/18/2014
A team of scholars, led by centers at the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University, was recently established to research, report on, and raise awareness about Christian persecution throughout the world.


Theologian Critiqued by U.S. Bishops Set to Give Fordham Lecture on Evolution and Creation
9/18/2014
Fordham University theologian Sister Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J., whose theological writing has been heavily criticized by the U.S. bishops, is set to deliver the John C. and Jeanette D. Walton Lecture in Science on the topic of evolution and creation.


Education Project of Pope Francis Is Making Headlines
9/17/2014
Pope Francis’ education project, Scholas Occurrentes, has recently been making news with its platform of promoting peace and global communication in order to provide education for children, focusing especially on those with fewer resources.


Mount St. Mary’s Univ. to Host Conference on Marriage and Family
9/9/2014
The 22nd annual national conference of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists (SCSS), which has its headquarters at Franciscan University of Steubenville, will take place at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., Franciscan announced.


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