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Academia Desperately Needs Faithful Catholic Teaching, Argues Acclaimed Sociologist
The academic world needs faithful Catholic teaching now more than ever, especially as colleges become firmly entrenched in mainstream secularization, Father Paul Sullins recently told The Cardinal Newman Society. This October, Fr. Sullins will receive an award for his contributions to social science at the Society of Catholic Social Scientists’ (SCSS) annual conference, which shares and produces faithful Catholic scholarship to evangelize the culture. 

“The Catholic academy today is largely secular, with only a nominal connection to the Catholic faith, with the result that serious, faithful Catholic professors often feel isolated and face significant professional and institutional headwinds in their careers,” Fr. Sullins, who is an emeritus professor of sociology at The Catholic University of America, explained. 

This year, the conference will be held at Newman Guide-recommended Franciscan University of Steubenville, which is also the home turf of the SCSS. “Our purpose is to bring Catholic scholarship and social science to the cause of evangelization,” Dr. Stephen Krason, president of the SCSS and political science and legal studies professor at Franciscan University, told the Newman Society.

Cardinal Newman Society Statement Opposing Honors and Platforms for Proponents of Legal Redefinition of Marriage
On March 5, 2015, 379 corporations and business groups submitted an amicus brief, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to declare “marriage rights” for same-sex persons. Such a ruling conflicts directly with Catholic teaching and the position of the U.S. Catholic bishops.

Newman Society Releases Statement on New HHS Mandate Accommodation
The following official statement was released this week by The Cardinal Newman Society in response to the changes to the HHS mandate accommodation announced on Friday, August 22.

Admissions Officers Meet to Share Best Practices, Strengthen Catholic Identity
“The admissions officers from many Catholic colleges have been meeting regularly via our conference calls for several years, but this is the first time that they were able to meet in person,” said Bob Laird, the director of programs for the Society.

Newman Society Lauds Appointment of Msgr. Swetland as President of Donnelly College
“Msgr. Swetland has been instrumental in helping Catholic colleges strengthen and preserve their Catholic identity—and I know he will be a faith-filled leader at Donnelly College.”

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.

The Suppression of Christian Speech on American Campuses: Dr. Ken Howell’s Story
“The underlying message of secularism vs. religion is a real issue on campus,” Dr. Howell told The Cardinal Newman Society in an interview on March 31—and he would know.

Newman Society, Catholic Colleges Challenge Federal Labor Board in Possible Landmark Case
The Cardinal Newman Society, joined by several faithful Catholic colleges, today made a strong plea to the National Labor Relations Board, urging it to abide by the U.S. Constitution and stop interfering with religious education.

Notre Dame Professor, Monsignor Swetland on ‘Heart and Soul of a Catholic University’
“The secular world thinks that ‘Catholic University’ is an oxymoron.  I say, in fact, a University isn’t truly a University unless it’s fully Catholic...”

Catholic University of America to Host Cardinal Burke for Lecture
Presented by CUA’s School of Canon Law, Cardinal Burke will discuss “The Relation between the Apostolic Signatura and the Local Church.”

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