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Independent Catholic Schools Association Celebrates 20 Years
The National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS), which promotes faithful Catholic education among its members, celebrated its 20th anniversary this past year. The organization has thrived over the past two decades through its commitment to connecting independent schools across the world and offering support. 

“Our schools share a common vision and mission, which is the salvation of souls and academic excellence,” said Eileen Cubanski, executive director of NAPCIS, in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society. “Every decision our schools make is focused on those two goals.”

“Twenty years ago, we saw the number of Catholic homeschooling families and Catholic independent schools growing exponentially,” Cubanski explained. These schools had unique visions for inculcating the Catholic faith to respond to the growing interest.

Catholic Colleges Ideal Fit for ‘New Evangelization,’ Scholars Agree
There is no better place for the mission of the Catholic Church to flourish than in faithful Catholic colleges, according to scholars presenting at The Fidelity and Freedom Symposium at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio.

Franciscan University hosted the symposium over the weekend to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ex corde Ecclesiae, the Church’s constitution on higher education issued by Saint John Paul II in 1990. Speakers included Steubenville Bishop Jeffrey Monforton, University president Father Sean Sheridan, TOR, and theologian Dr. Scott Hahn, who all agreed that faithful Catholic colleges are a vital and fitting place for the mission of the Church and the New Evangelization.

“I would propose that there is perhaps no other institution within the Church as perfectly suited to advance the Church’s mission of the New Evangelization as a Catholic university,” said Dr. Hahn, the Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University. A Catholic education “is not just to get a major, and then a diploma and then a job. It’s to develop nothing less than a Catholic worldview.”

Faithfulness of Catholic Colleges Should Be Defining Difference, Says Franciscan University President
Catholic colleges will prove their faithfulness and strong Catholic identity by embracing what the Church has asked of them, according to Father Sean Sheridan, TOR, president of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. Yet other Catholic colleges are floundering in their Catholic identity largely due to their failure to recognize the gift and wisdom of Ex corde Ecclesiae, the Church’s constitution on Catholic higher education.

Franciscan University hosted a symposium over the weekend to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ex corde Ecclesiae, issued by Saint John Paul II in 1990. Fr. Sheridan’s presentation, titled “Embracing the Gift of Ex corde Ecclesiae to Challenge the Culture,” discussed the document as a “roadmap” that should be embraced by all Catholic colleges as evidence of their faithfulness and proud Catholic identity.

“We as a Catholic institution are supposed to be different than the secular institution down the road. We are supposed to be known for who we are, our identity as Catholic, as faithful in the way in which we present the academic endeavors in which we engage,” Fr. Sheridan said. “Catholic ideals ought to permeate all activities of a Catholic university.”

Fostering Appreciation for Life Is ‘Essence’ of Faithful Bioethics Degree Programs
In recent years, rapid technological progress has resulted in biomedical breakthroughs that have made it imperative for society to consider human life issues. Several leaders of bioethics programs at Catholic colleges recently told The Cardinal Newman Society that Catholic higher education has a duty to ensure all levels of medical research maintain respect for life as the highest priority.

“A Catholic university and its students are uniquely placed to articulate the reasonableness of the Christian position—which also can be known through reason or natural law—that every human being has an equal and inherent fundamental right to life,” Dr. Patrick Lee, director of the Center for Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville, told the Newman Society.

“The struggle between a culture of death and a culture of life has intensified in the last few decades,” reads the description of the University’s Center for Bioethics. “Bio-medical technological breakthroughs have made possible what was previously only theoretical, forcing humanity to confront questions about human life and dignity.”

Ex Corde Ecclesiae a Roadmap for Catholic College Renewal, Says Franciscan Univ. President
If Catholic universities truly wish to change the culture, they must embrace the roadmap laid out for them by Saint John Paul II in Ex corde Ecclesiae, said Franciscan University of Steubenville president Father Sean Sheridan, T.O.R., in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society.

Franciscan University will host a symposium in September to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ex corde Ecclesiae, the Church’s constitution on Catholic higher education issued by Saint John Paul II in 1990. Fr. Sheridan’s presentation is titled “Embracing the Gift of Ex corde Ecclesiae to Challenge the Culture.”

“If Ex corde Ecclesiae is embraced as a roadmap for guiding Catholic universities for mission, as it was intended to be, the gift of Ex corde to Catholic universities and the Church becomes evident,” Fr. Sheridan told the Newman Society.

Late Cardinal Played Key Role in Catholic Ed. in Lead-up to Ex corde Ecclesiae
Cardinal William Baum, one of the principal players in Pope St. John Paul II’s constitution on Catholic higher education, Ex corde Ecclesiae, has passed away at the age of 88 after a long illness, according to Catholic News Service. He died on July 23 in Washington, D.C., at a residence run by the Little Sisters of the Poor.

“Cardinal Baum served as the head of the Congregation for Catholic Education during some of the most pivotal years,” said Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly. “Ex corde Ecclesiae provided Catholic colleges, for the first time, with clear guidelines for maintaining Catholic identity. Even though it continues to challenge the practices at many Catholic institutions, a cadre of faithful Catholic institutions is setting a new standard for Catholic higher education by putting Ex corde into practice.”

Cardinal Baum, who served as the archbishop of Washington, D.C., from 1973 to 1980, died just weeks short of Ex corde’s 25th anniversary. A cardinal for more than 39 years—the longest tenure of any cardinal in U.S. history—he also served as prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education from 1980 to 1990, the year Ex corde was promulgated, and then head of the Apostolic Penitentiary until he retired in 2001.

Bishop Dewane: Families Have ‘Right to Know’ Which Theology Professors Have Mandatum
If a Catholic college cannot assure that its theology professors are imparting the truths of the faith, then families should look to more faithful Catholic institutions, suggested Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Fla., in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society.

Sound theology is the heart of Catholic higher education; it helps students direct their learning, explore the beauty of the faith and better understand their relationship with God and the Church. Therefore the Church provides the academic mandatum, an acknowledgment by the local bishop of a “professor’s commitment and responsibility to teach authentic Catholic doctrine and to refrain from putting forth as Catholic teaching anything contrary to the Church’s magisterium,” according to the U.S. bishops’ guidelines.

Referencing Ex corde Ecclesiae, the Vatican’s constitution on Catholic universities, Bishop Dewane noted that professors who have obtained the mandatum help Catholic colleges fulfill their mission. “It says that Catholicism is present and operative at such institutions. More profoundly, the individual professor evidences that desire to teach in communion, to express what the teachings of the Church are,” he said.

Pope Francis Weighs In On Role of Teachers, Coaches as Witnesses
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 Benedict’s Vision Key to Survival of Catholic Colleges, Says Author
Questions have been raised recently about the future of Catholic higher education: Is it dying? Where is it going? Assumption College theology chair and professor Dr. Marc Guerra, author of a new book compiling some of Pope Benedict XVI’s most important speeches on truth and learning, says that Catholic colleges have available to them a tremendous blueprint and model for the survival of faithful Catholic education.

The Vatican’s constitution on higher education, Ex corde Ecclesiae, and the example and writings of Pope Benedict XVI provide a crucial model for Catholic colleges, Guerra told The Cardinal Newman Society. And they are especially needed today.

“Catholic colleges and universities today face threat[s] both from without and from within,” Guerra said, adding that it is a critical time for Catholic education in America. “These threats take a particular form for us today, a form that, in my view, represents something relatively new under the sun.”

Authentic Masculinity, Femininity in Focus at 10th Annual Edith Stein Conf. at Notre Dame
The project's mission is to address "various issues of gender, sexuality, and human dignity by exploring what it means to be authentic women and men," according to the website.

Augustine Institute to Offer Online Summer Course Designed for Catholic Educators
The Augustine Institute, a Denver-based Catholic graduate school, will be offering a special course for teachers and school administrators designed to help them reflect on the connection between Catholic education and teaching.

New Pope John Paul II Science Center a Testament to Walsh's Catholic Mission
"It is significant that John Paul II's name should be permanently linked to Walsh as a testament to our Catholic heritage and mission to develop leaders in service to others," Walsh president Richard Jusseaume said in a University news release.

Christendom College to Host Relic of Pope St. John Paul II
The relic, which was taken directly from the late pontiff during his final hospital stay prior to his death, is being presented as part of a cross-country pilgrimage by the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Aquinas College Conference to Examine Family in Church and Society
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.

UST-Houston Faculty Collaborate to Write Book on JPII, Role of Women in the Church
A new book written by faculty members at the University of St. Thomas (UST) in Houston gives insights and helps readers understand “the role of women in the Church and in the world,” according to a recent University news release.

Franciscan University Symposium: True Catholic Identity Requires ‘Commitment to Faith’
Franciscan University of Steubenville hosted Fr. Ryan, a past Mount St. Mary’s University professor who currently leads the USCCB’s Secretariat of Doctrine and Canonical Affairs, as one of the four speakers at its “Freedom and Fidelity” symposium last weekend.

Walsh President: Ex corde Inspired University to ‘Grow, Develop, and Fulfill Our Mission’
“Catholic identity is not something to be given only token attention,” Richard Jusseaume, president of Walsh University, said in talk prepared for Franciscan University of Steubenville’s “Freedom and Fidelity” symposium in honor of the 25th anniversary of Ex corde Ecclesiae.

Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete, Co-Founder of JP II Institute, Dies at Age 73
After earning his degree in space science and applied physics followed by a master's degree in sacred theology from The Catholic University of America, Msgr. Albacete was ordained for the Archdiocese of Washington.

Sophia Institute Press Helping Catholics ‘Relearn the Importance of Catechesis’
Charlie McKinney, president of Sophia Institute Press spoke to The Cardinal Newman Society about Sophia’s reprinting of the exhortation, Catechesi Tradendae, its importance in Catholic education, and the vital role of the witness of teachers.

George Weigel: Catholic Colleges Exist to Equip Disciples for Mission
“Catholic institutions of higher learning exist to equip disciples for mission and to be witnesses to Christ,” George Weigel told students during a recent talk at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Franciscan U. Hosting 'Academic Freedom and Revealed Truth' Event on Ex Corde
The event will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ex corde Ecclesiae and serve as the first installment of the University's "Fidelity and Freedom" series.

Former Polish PM to Speak on Legacy of JPII at Franciscan’s Austria Campus
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
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.

Five Books for Defending the Faith in College
In a blog post entitled “5 Books Catholic Students in College Need to Possess,” Tom Perna shares five titles which he believes are essential to knowing your faith in college.

Christendom President Reconfirmed as Pontifical Consultor by Pope Francis
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. 

Boston College to Host Speaker Matt Taibbi Who Mocked Pope
One of Taibbi’s most controversial pieces was the satirical piece entitled “The 52 Funniest Things About the Upcoming Death of the Pope,” which included scandalously crude and derisive commentary on the declining health of Pope John Paul II.

Catholic Studies Program Founder at UST in Minnesota Retires after 21 Years at Helm
Don Briel, founder of the Catholic Studies department at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minn., is retiring after 21 years in charge of the groundbreaking program.

Wheaton Provost Defends Religious Colleges against Attack Criticizing Legitimacy
The provost of Wheaton College in Illinois defended the evangelical Christian institution against an attack by an Ivy League professor who alleged that religious colleges should lose their accreditation, apparently for simply being religious.

Rome Pilgrimage Deepens Faith of Catholic High School Graduates
The 16 students who comprised the graduating class visited many sites in Rome, including the Sistine Chapel, but student Haylee McArthur reportedly said that seeing Pope Francis was the highlight of the trip.

Catholic College Leaders Gather to Discuss Student Life, Catholic Teaching
Leaders from 10 faithful Catholic colleges gathered at the Franciscan University of Steubenville last week to share and consider ways of better integrating Catholic teaching into programs and services for students.

Fr. Scalia: Veritatis Splendor Became ‘Magna Carta’ for Teaching Moral Theology
“If we want to know what human freedom looks like, we look to Jesus Christ,” Fr. Scalia said.  “When we live a morally upright life, our life itself becomes a witness to others of the Truth.”

University of St. Thomas (Tex.) Strengthens Core Curriculum
The vision of Pope St. John Paul II in Ex corde Ecclesiae, “stresses that the most comprehensive understanding of reality is achieved when academic ‘silos’ are avoided and knowledge from the various academic disciplines is integrated.”

George Weigel at University of Dallas: Take Up Task of Cultural Renewal
“If the generation of which this Class of 2014 is a part is going to meet the challenge of giving America, and the West, a new birth of freedom, it will do so because it becomes a generation of saints...”

Catholic High School Puts the ‘Saint’ in ‘Pope John Paul the Great’
A Catholic high school led by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia was the first high school in the country to be named “Pope John Paul the Great” and now is possibly the first to be called “Saint John Paul the Great.”

Newman Society President: Graduation Scandals Insult to Pope St. John Paul II
The National Catholic Register recently featured insights from Society President Patrick J. Reilly on the selection of commencement speakers and honorees by Catholic colleges and universities.

Catholic Colleges Leader Rejects Ex Corde Ecclesiae as ‘Checklist,’ Defends Pro-Abortion Speakers
The president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities has claimed that Pope Saint John Paul II’s Ex corde Ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution for Catholic colleges and universities, is not a “checklist” binding on college leaders.

Crossroads Celebrates 20 Years of Bringing John Paul II’s Pro-life Message ‘To the Streets’
“Most people are under the impression that young people are not interested in their faith – when they see these amazing young people taking an active role in the Church and society for life, they are inspired.”

Franciscan Univ. Offers Grants for Dietrich von Hildebrand Seminar
“Von Hildebrand, whom Pope St. John Paul II called ‘one of the great ethicists of the 20th century,’ wrote extensively on the nature of value and its importance in philosophy.”

Pope Francis Commissions Cardinals to Address Peruvian University’s Catholic Identity
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.

Christendom College Student Describes Powerful Experience on Mission Trip
Bridget Handy, a freshman at the College, said that “While we had helped them all week by laying floors and playing with them, they had evangelized me all the more.”

Notre Dame President Marks Papal Canonizations with Promotion of Nuclear Disarmament
Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins, C.S.C., recently said that the canonization of the two pontiffs was “fortuitous timing” as he hoped they would hear the prayers of those pleading for nuclear disarmament and intercede on their behalf.

Benedictine College Names New Tower after Pope Saint John XXIII
“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.”

Former Swiss Guard, CUA Professor Attended Papal Canonizations as Pilgrim
“The coolest thing about this pilgrimage is that we know a saint,” Andreas Widmer said. “Pope John Paul II was a normal person to me. He was my boss. To go to the canonization of someone you know is really amazing.”

Pope St. John Paul II Inspired Youth to Love God, Authors Say
Huge crowds of young people were attracted to Pope Saint John Paul II because “his joy of living, his smiling faith, [and] his burning passion to proclaim the Gospel to every man were almost ‘contagious.’”

Video: John Paul the Great Univ. Students Read Patron’s ‘Letter to Artists’
The three minute video was posted in April to commemorate the Holy Father’s canonization, and to serve as a gift to Christian artists throughout the world.

Catholic College Presidents Speak in Praise of Canonized Popes
Christendom College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell said that the College is rejoicing “at the elevation of these two outstanding popes to sanctity.”

Thomas Aquinas College Reflects on Relationship with Pope Saint John Paul II
The newly canonized Pontiff blessed the building plan for the TAC chapel, which was presented by late College President Thomas Dillon and his wife, Terri.

Georgetown Law Prof. Led U.S. Delegation to Papal Canonizations
John Podesta, who led the delegation for the Obama administration to the Vatican for the Mass of canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, is the former president of the pro-abortion Center for American Progress.

Jesuit University Ethics Prof. Writes ‘Civil Same-Sex Marriage: A Catholic Affirmation’
Lisa Fullam, a professor of moral theology at Santa Clara University’s Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, writes, “...We can all share in those wider, socially critical benefits of marriage, gay and straight, parents and the childless alike.”

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.”

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