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Newman Society Report Reveals Planned Parenthood Ties to Catholic Colleges
8/20/2015
The Cardinal Newman Society has published a new report exposing engagement between Catholic colleges and Planned Parenthood, calling on Catholic educators to dissolve any associations with the nation’s largest abortion business and to teach students about the dignity of every human life. 

Prompted by the recent videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s abhorrent practices, including the harvesting and selling of aborted baby body parts, reporters Justin Petrisek and Kimberly Scharfenberger searched Catholic college websites for connections to the abortion giant. The results prove that Planned Parenthood is still a corruptive and powerful force, even on Catholic campuses that claim to uphold Catholic values. 

The report, A More Scandalous Relationship: Catholic Colleges and Planned Parenthood, was summarized in a Crisis Magazine article this week by Petrisek and Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly. Several media outlets and Catholic websites have picked up the story, including New Oxford Review, LifeNews.com, Fr. Z’s Blog, Townhall, New Advent, Church Militant and Spirit Daily.


Atheist Clubs Don’t Belong at Catholic Colleges, Experts Say
8/13/2015
As Christian affiliation and Church attendance among young peoplecontinue to decline, Catholic colleges have a unique opportunity to evangelize students on campus and ensure that the Catholic faith is fostered in every student. Yet several Catholic colleges have official student organizations dedicated to atheism or “freethinking,” despite the dangers that such groups might present to students’ faith.

Dr. Douglas Flippen, professor and chairman of philosophy at Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., told The Cardinal Newman Society that such clubs conflict with a college’s Catholic identity.

“Any Catholic college or university which admits atheists among its members who have no interest in gaining a Catholic vision of reality, and then allows them to form communities of atheists within the larger community, has simply abandoned the common good peculiar to itself,” Flippen said.


Courage Director Gives Advice to Help Catholic Colleges Address Same-Sex Attraction
7/30/2015

Catholic colleges are called to minister to same-sex attracted students with love and support, while emphasizing a commitment to chastity, prayer and the Church’s clear teachings on sexuality and marriage, argued Father Paul Check, director of the Courage apostolate, in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society.

Especially in light of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to legalize same-sex marriage, Catholic colleges should not conflate love with total acceptance and advocacy of same-sex behavior, Fr. Check stressed. He noted that there are ways to offer true love and healing to same-sex attracted students without falling into advocacy. 

It is important to draw the distinction between “love” and “complete acceptance of modern society’s distorted sexual landscape,” Fr. Check explained.


Students Need to Hear Contraceptive Health Risks, Argues Project Rachel Founder
7/21/2015
All Catholic colleges should be teaching students about the scientifically documented dangers of birth control, in addition to Catholic teaching against it, argued Vicki Thorn, founder of Project Rachel and organizer of an upcoming symposium set to discuss the biological case for avoiding contraception.

In an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society, Thorn explained that events such as these should set the pace for Catholic colleges to help students and young people understand the health risks of taking oral contraceptives.

The symposium, “Contraceptive Conundrum: Effects and Side Effects”, will be held August 8th, in conjunction with the Edmund D. Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. 


‘Natural Family Planning’ Course Links Catholic Morals, Medical Expertise at Georgetown
5/28/2015
A course in fertility awareness based methods (FABMs) of natural family planning (NFP) at Georgetown University Medical Center and a resulting organization to inform physicians about NFP/FABMs are two exciting examples of how professors at Catholic institutions can effectively bring Catholic teaching to the medical and scientific world.

The course—one not normally offered to medical students—is leading to increased research and consciousness on the healthful benefits of women and couples utilizing Natural Family Planning as opposed to chemical birth control methods, according to course coordinator Dr. Marguerite Duane. She told The Cardinal Newman Society that the course is making strides in sharing the latest medical research and exposing a growing number of students to the importance of understanding NFP/FABMs.

Titled “Fertility Appreciation Methods in the Learning Years: The FAMILY Planning Selective,” the class was first offered in 2010 and filled to capacity. Since then, it has continued to impact students at the Georgetown Medical Center. 


Lavender Graduations, Ceremonies on Eight Catholic Campuses
5/15/2015

“Lavender graduations” and celebrations—commencement-related events intended exclusively for homosexual students and their “allies”—continued this year on Catholic campuses, despite confusing students about Catholic teaching and acceptance of homosexual behavior.

In April, Pope Francis addressed the problems with “gender theory” and urged acceptance of sexuality as male and female:As we all know, sexual difference is present in so many forms of life, in the long scale of the living. However, only in man and in woman does it bear in itself the image and likeness of God…Man and woman are [the] image and likeness of God!

This year, the Society found that at least eight Catholic colleges are hosting or have hosted lavender graduations and celebrations.


Georgetown, Obama Use Poverty Summit to Distract from Religious Freedom, Abortion
5/15/2015
Religious freedom is at the core of the critical debates—education, marriage, family—in our society today. However, this is exactly what Georgetown University and President Barack Obama appeared to be undercutting during the President’s visit on Tuesday to a “Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty” on Georgetown’s Jesuit campus in Washington, D.C.

“The Catholic Church, through her teaching and the statements of Pope Francis, has very important things to say about poverty,” said Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly. “But instead of focusing on how Catholic and Evangelical Christian insights can inform American policy—the stated purpose of last week’s conference—the Georgetown organizers used the event as a platform for President Obama to distract religious voters from his violations of religious freedom and push a political agenda.”

Although key religious leaders were invited to speak at the summit, including Bishop Jaime Soto of the controversial Catholic Campaign for Human Development, media coverage and Georgetown’s own public promotion of the event focused on President Obama’s argument that poverty issues should constitute a more vital role for Christians in America—apparently more vital than issues of religious freedom and human life.

Catholic and other Christian groups including the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Charities USA, Bread for the World, World Vision, the Salvation Army, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Sojourners were invited to be “partners” in the conference, but it was President Obama whose views were promoted by Georgetown.

“This may sound self-interested,” Obama acknowledged to the Catholicand Evangelical participants. “[T]here are issues where we have had disagreements around reproductive issues, or same-sex marriage, or what have you. And so maybe it appears advantageous for me to want to focus on these issues of poverty, and not as much on these other issues.”


Georgetown Honors Abortion Advocates at Commencement Ceremonies
5/8/2015
Despite the U.S. bishops’ policy banning Catholic honors topeople who publicly oppose Catholic teaching, Georgetown University will honor two prominent advocates for legal abortion at its graduation ceremonies next week, The Cardinal Newman Society has discovered.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will address the graduating class of the School of Foreign Service on May 16, and he will receive an honorary doctorate. He is a vocal advocate for universal access to abortion and contraception around the world.

Last May, Pope Francis met with Ban Ki-moon and other U.N. leaders to press for respect for human life, insisting that “life is sacred and inviolable from conception to natural death.” But in September, Ban Ki-moon publicly reiterated his support for “the importance of sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights,” quoting a Filipino woman who said, “A woman should have the right to choose how many children she wants. It’s a basic human right.” The U.N. has consistently defined “reproductive health” to include abortion as well as contraceptives.


Most Catholic College Alumni in House of Representatives Vote for Abortion
4/14/2015
Catholic colleges and law schools can proudly claim 65 alumni in the U.S. House of Representatives—which amounts to 15 percent of the House, about double the Catholic share of four-year colleges in the United States. But The Cardinal Newman Society has found that more than half of these Catholic college alumni—38 in total—have records on abortion that should mortify their alma maters.  

Most of them are rated 100 percent by pro-abortion organizations such as the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) and Planned Parenthood. The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) has rated many of them at zero percent on important life issues.  

Of the 38 total representatives with scandalous records, 27 attended Jesuit institutions. More than a quarter of them, a total of 11, attended Georgetown University.


Holder Touts Work for ‘Marriage Equality’ in Georgetown Student Paper Interview
3/16/2015
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently touted his approval of same-sex marriage in an interview with the student paper of Georgetown University, though his opposition to Church teaching was evidently not called into question.


Former Georgetown Law Instructor Pleads Guilty to Voyeurism, Awaiting Sentence
3/10/2015
A former instructor at Georgetown University Law School, Rabbi Barry Freundel, recently pled guilty to 52 counts of misdemeanor voyeurism and will face sentencing in May. A lawsuit which implicated Georgetown for turning “a blind eye” is reportedly still pending.


Georgetown Prof Tells Students ‘You Have a Right’ to Contraception at Event with Planned Parenthood
3/6/2015
An unofficial student group at Georgetown University recently held a sexual health panel on campus featuring representatives from Planned Parenthood and a University nursing professor. The event included information on how to obtain contraceptives.


Students Protest Pro-Life Conference at Georgetown
1/28/2015
The 16th annual Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life, held last weekend by pro-life groups at Georgetown University, was met with protests from the unofficial student group H*yas for Choice, according to The Hoya.


Catholic View of Abortion, Morality off Limits at Many Catholic Universities
1/27/2015
The freedom to discuss topics such as abortion and sexual morality has been all but lost at many Catholic and Jesuit institutions of higher education, argues Father Robert Araujo, S.J. in a recent article at Mirror of Justice.


16th Annual Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life at Georgetown Set for This Week
1/22/2015
The Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life will be held this Saturday, Jan. 24, at Georgetown University, on the heels of the March for Life in Washington, D.C. This year’s keynote speaker will be Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston.


Former Georgetown Instructor Laments ‘Catholic Façade’ of University
1/21/2015
Georgetown University’s Catholic identity has suffered considerably in recent years due to widespread concessions to more secular standards, argued former Georgetown English instructor Mark Judge in a recent piece on The New Criterion.


Most Catholic College Alumni in U.S. Senate Support Abortion Rights
1/20/2015
An analysis of the current U.S. Senate reveals that, of senators who attended Catholic colleges and universities, most have either voted or taken a public position in support of abortion rights, despite unchanging Catholic teaching on the dignity of human life.


Georgetown Students Join Rally Advocating Coverage for Transgender ‘Transitioning’
1/14/2015
Georgetown students reportedly joined a march outside the Justice Department, advocating for gender transitioning insurance coverage and a federal ban on conversion therapy for minors, among other demands, according to The Hoya.


Catholic Charities CEO Was Georgetown Leader, Opposed Bishops on Abortion in Obamacare
1/13/2015
The new president of Catholic Charities USA led an association of women religious that was the subject of a recent Vatican investigation and publicly undermined the bishops’ efforts to prevent abortion coverage in Obamacare-affiliated insurance plans.


As Many Jesuit Universities Go with Secular Flow, Neglect of Catholic Mission Continues
1/8/2015
While Catholic identity abuse continues at many Jesuit universities, several leaders and staff members from Jesuit institutions interviewed in the recent Atlantic article apparently accept the status quo.


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.


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.


Georgetown Law School Named in Suit over Professor’s Alleged Voyeurism
12/4/2014
Georgetown University Law School is facing a lawsuit filed by a third-year law student alleging that the law school “turned a blind eye” to the actions of an instructor charged with six counts of voyeurism, according to The Washington Post.


Georgetown University Hosts Hillary Clinton for High Profile Talk
11/4/2014
Clinton is a staunch supporter of legal abortion and was given a 100 percent rating by NARAL for her voting record as a senator. She was only one of the speakers opposed to Catholic teaching who spoke at the event.


Georgetown Univ. Celebrates ‘LGBTQ History Month’ with ‘OUTober’
10/29/2014
Georgetown University’s LGBTQ Resource Center and GU Pride are currently holding “OUTober,” an ongoing event celebrating “LGBTQ History Month,” according to The Hoya. This year’s OUTober featured a “coming out day” and a lecture from a transgender activist.


Some Catholic Colleges Have Provided Same-Sex Benefits for Several Years
10/17/2014
While Notre Dame is making the headlines for its apparently quick decision to provide employee benefits to “same-sex spouses,” many Catholic colleges have been providing same-sex benefits to varying degrees for years, with some policies in force for almost a decade.


Georgetown Becomes First Catholic University to Hire Hindu Chaplain
10/15/2014
Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., was the first Catholic university to hire a rabbi and an imam to work in campus ministry, and recently became the first to hire a Hindu cleric as well.


Pro-Abortion Rights Students Protest Cardinal Wuerl at Georgetown
9/30/2014
H*yas for Choice, an unofficial student group at Georgetown University, staged a silent protest before an event in which the University awarded an honorary degree to the Archbishop of Washington, D.C., Cardinal Donald Wuerl, according to The Hoya.


Georgetown Muslim Studies Director, Professors Boycott Israeli Academic Institutions
9/29/2014
Thirteen professors at Georgetown University—reportedly more than any other university in the United States—have joined an American Studies Association (ASA) boycott of Israeli academic institutions, according to Georgetown’s student newspaper, The Hoya.


Students Promote ‘Love and Fidelity’ on Catholic Campuses
9/16/2014
Students affiliated with the Love and Fidelity Network are advancing the group’s mission on several Catholic university campuses across the country to promote the institution of marriage, the role of the family in society, and the meaning of sexual integrity.


Georgetown Student Shares Ways to Evangelize on Campus
8/21/2014
Louis Cona, a student at Georgetown University, recently shared his perspective on how to evangelize at college and spoke with The Cardinal Newman Society about the opportunities and difficulties he has encountered living the faith on campus.


Professors from Catholic Universities Sign Plea for End to Genocide in Iraq
8/14/2014
Thirty-eight prominent Catholic university professors and others have signed a plea calling for “the United States and the international community [to] act immediately and decisively to stop the ISIS/ISIL genocide".


Report by Georgetown Institute Strains against Church on Abortion, Sex Ed.
8/13/2014
The Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH), a part of Georgetown University Medical Center, has co-authored a report apparently lamenting policies restricting abortion and recommending that adolescents begin receiving sex education at as young as 10 years of age.


Georgetown Professor Named Counsel to Vice President Joe Biden
8/8/2014
Georgetown University Law Center professor Victoria Nourse will now serve as counsel to Vice President Joe Biden, according to a press release from the University.


Ken Starr: We Must be Vigilant to Defend Our Heritage of Religious Freedom
6/5/2014
Baylor University President Ken Starr wrote a piece on the history of religious freedom in the U.S. and  urged vigilance in protecting it at the blog of the Religious Freedom Project.


Fr. Thomas Reese Undermines Efforts to Strengthen Catholic Identity in Schools
5/29/2014
Father Reese, S.J., a former Georgetown University professor who is reportedly a visiting scholar at Santa Clara University in Calif., recently undercut some bishops’ efforts to strengthen their schools’ Catholic identity.


Justice Scalia: Georgetown Not Catholic Anymore
5/21/2014
In an interview with The Remnant’s Vincent Chiarello, Scalia spoke extensively about his faith and about his memories of the Jesuit University. He said that when he attended, “they rolled you out of bed to attend Mass. Not anymore.”


Georgetown Prof. Defends Jesuit Priest Whose Writing Fell under Vatican Scrutiny
5/16/2014
Fr. Peter Phan defended Fr. Michael Amaladoss, S.J., who reportedly has already agreed to endorse Church teaching in an article after a recent investigation into his writings by the CDF.


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.


Vatican Pledges Action on Georgetown University, Declares Evidence of Scandals ‘Well-Founded’
5/14/2014
Archbishop Zani, secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education, sent his remarks in response to a canon law petition organized by William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist and a Georgetown alumnus.


Bill Clinton to Deliver Policy Lecture at Alma Mater Georgetown
4/29/2014
Clinton, who is pro-abortion rights, revoked the Mexico City Policy and vetoed a bill banning partial birth abortion while president.


Georgetown’s Women in Leadership Summit Honored Abortion Rights Supporter
4/29/2014
Dee Dee Myers, former press secretary for President Bill Clinton, served on the board of NARAL’s San Francisco Power of Choice Luncheon just last month.


Georgetown Law Prof. Led U.S. Delegation to Papal Canonizations
4/28/2014
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.


Newman Society President Lectures at Georgetown on Threats to Catholic Education
4/3/2014
“There seems to be a growing intolerance for those who teach and live the Catholic faith—intolerance from nonbelievers but also, and perhaps especially, from dissenting Catholics," said Patrick Reilly.


Will Moderator, Panelist Undermine Georgetown’s Evangelium Gaudium Symposium?
3/27/2014
Speaking on the issue of “Where the Church Goes from Here” at Georgetown will be Fr. Hollenbach, S.J, who has publicly opposed the U.S. bishops’ implementation of the mandatum.


Students Hold ‘Choice Week’ Promoting Abortion at Georgetown University
3/25/2014
A group of Georgetown University students plans to attend Planned Parenthood’s rally at the U.S. Supreme Court as the Hobby Lobby case over the HHS contraceptive mandate is heard.


Georgetown Law Center to Host Justice Kagan for Inaugural Dean’s Lecture
3/14/2014
During her time working for the Clinton administration, Kagan, according to CNSNews, wrote a strategy memo in opposition to a bill that would outlaw partial birth abortion.


Georgetown Student Group’s ‘Sex Positive Week’ Includes Erotic Dancing Instruction
3/5/2014
Ending on Ash Wednesday, a Georgetown student group with funding from the University student association is sponsoring a weeklong event called “Sex Positive Week.”


Georgetown Hosts Pro-Abortion Rights Senator for Prominent Lecture
3/4/2014
Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., announced on its website that it hosted a talk by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren on the issue of preventing civilian casualties in war.


Fr. Schall on the Troubling Transformation of Religious Freedom
2/25/2014
Fr. Schall, S.J., who taught political philosophy at Georgetown University for decades until recently retiring, wrote that the secular state’s efforts to narrow the definition of religious freedom must be thwarted.


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