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With many nurses now facing the ethical dilemmas of participating in abortions and assisted suicides or losing their jobs, the nursing profession needs the concerted efforts of Catholic colleges to reinforce the dignity of every human life, Dr. Suzanne Carpenter, a former nursing professor at Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge, La., told The Cardinal Newman Society in an interview.

“It is scary to come to the realization that there are nurses in our country who have been told to participate in abortions or lose their jobs,” said Carpenter. “Make no doubt, that unless Catholic colleges with nursing programs on their campuses make the sharing of Catholic teachings a priority, these programs can fall into the confusion of the world.”

Due to the increasing confusion in health care today, it is no wonder nursing students find themselves in these ethical dilemmas, Carpenter pointed out.
Colleges recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College for their strong Catholic identities and academics also rank well in leading secular guides, including the 2015 editions from USA Today and U.S. News and World Report. The publications look at factors such as affordability, freshman retention rates, student loan default rates and student-to-teacher ratios.

“These rankings prove that students can opt for strong, faithful Catholic colleges without sacrificing secular prestige,” said The Cardinal Newman Society’s Adam Wilson, managing editor of The Newman Guide.

“But we caution against placing too much importance on rankings that ignore the most important elements of a truly good education—elements that are the primary criteria forThe Newman Guide,” Wilson added. “All things considered, we believe The Newman Guide colleges are superior to all other options, because of their holistic approach to academics and the integration of faith in their studies and campus life.”
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.
DeSales University, in Center Valley, Pa., will celebrate the legacy of its patron, St. Francis de Sales, during its 10th annual Heritage Week, sponsored by the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture.
The Masters of Business Administration online programs at DeSales University, University of Mary, and Walsh University were recently recognized among the 2015 Best Online MBA Programs by U.S. News and World Report.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week abandoned its longstanding, unconstitutional practice of measuring how religious a college appears to be before exempting it from federal oversight, but opted instead for a new test that considers whether individual employees perform religious functions.
Senior Alexandra Romanyshyn was granted the audience in recognition of her work as an intern with the Pontifical Council for Culture at the Vatican.
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.
Today a coalition including The Cardinal Newman Society, leaders of Catholic schools and colleges, and the expert attorneys of the Alliance Defending Freedom told the Obama administration that its latest rule still “directly violates the religious liberty of organizations and individuals.”
Colleges recommended in The Newman Guide ranked well in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 edition of Best Colleges. 
Washington Monthly recently released its rankings of four-year colleges and universities across the nation. This year’s 2014 college guide included many colleges and universities recommend in The Newman Guide.
DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa., recently announced that it will begin enrolling students in its new Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program this fall. The University is now a candidate for accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy in Education.
Flaminia Giovanelli, who studied at the Vatican’s School of Library Science and the Pontifical Gregorian University, is fluent in Italian, French, Spanish, and English.
The University’s advanced chamber choir of 25 members will sing and Fr. Timothy McIntire, OSFS, will celebrate the service, which he hopes will turn into an annual event.
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.
DeSales University in Center Valley, Penn., is offering a variety of day and overnight athletic camps and performing arts institutes in addition to two programs for area high school students this summer.
Throughout the 2013-2014 academic year, student athletes at DeSales University in Center Valley, Penn., have devoted their time and talents to volunteering in the community.
The Salesian Center for Faith and Reason at DeSales University will host Br. Guy Consolmango, S.J., the Vatican's official astronomer, for a town hall discussion.
This year, thousands of students from Catholic colleges and universities across the United States will join the throngs of pro-life people attending the 41st annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, January 22.
DeSales University in Center Valley, Penn., will be hosting a series of events in January to honor and celebrate the legacy of its patron, St. Francis de Sales, the University said in a press release.
DeSales junior Daniel Drain, a philosophy and theology major, won the contest with his essay, "Creatio Logisai."  
Former presidential candidate and Utah governor Jon Huntsman will deliver the Fr. Thomas J. Furphy Lecture on “Challenges Facing America Today."
Eleven of the top 100 highest paid chief executives at private colleges and universities across the country are from Catholic colleges, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Kathryn Stimpfle wrote her thesis "The Gospel of Womanhood according to Jane Eyre" on the oppression of women and the failure of the feminist movement to "celebrate the unique gifts that women are given." 
In an article posted on the website of DeSales University, theology professor Maura Hearden opines about the importance of Easter for modern day Americans.
DeSales University in Center Valley, PA, will hold its annual memorial Arts & Culture series in honor of Blessed Pope John Paul II next month.
DeSales University's Salesian Center for Faith & Culture is working with the Diocese of Allentown to celebrate the Year of Faith with a special campaign including many events.
Many Catholic colleges and universities are taking part in the “Year of Faith” proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI, with spiritual and academic activities aimed at strengthening faith on campus, according to a new report published by The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS).
The Cardinal Newman Society today released the 2012-2013 edition of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College with significant new features, as well as a new companion magazine for Catholic high school students and their parents titled My Future, My Faith.
The Cardinal Newman Society has signed and helped organize Catholic college signers for a court brief in support of lawsuits filed against the Obama administration by Belmont Abbey College and Wheaton College.
The criteria used in most college rankings, like the ones newly released by U.S. News & World Report, don’t include some of the most important factors for Catholic families choosing a college.  These include quality of the core curriculum, study in authentic Catholic theology and philosophy, interdisciplinary study, ethical formation, morality of campus life, and more.
Catholic families have a right to know which theology professors have the mandatum, and Catholic colleges and universities should require it as a condition for employment, affirmed the Vatican’s chief judge Cardinal Raymond Burke in a new report.
The saints are now a little closer to the students at DeSales University.  Bronze statues of St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal were dedicated on the Center Valley, Pennsylvania, Catholic campus earlier this week.
Fr. Bernard O’Connor, OSFS, president of DeSales University, recently signed an exchange partnership with the Universidad Catolica San Antonio in Murcia, Spain.
High school students competing on theme of "Catholic Citizenship"
As part of its mission to promote faithful Catholic higher education, The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) is urging Catholic college officials and faculty to actively support two leading associations of Catholic scholars.
Magdalen College in Warner, New Hampshire, has launched its 35th anniversary celebration, which will include campus appearances by Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments; Sean Cardinal O’Malley of Boston; papal biographer Brennan Pursell; Inside the Vatican editor-in-chief Dr. Robert Moynihan; and pro-life musician Tony Melendez.
DeSales University has announced the creation of a Center for Discernment which will aid students on campus in determining whether a religious vocation is appropriate for them.

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