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Educators at faithful Catholic colleges recently told The Cardinal Newman Society that students can greatly benefit from more thorough catechesis of Church teaching on contraception and human sexuality, which appears to be lacking at some Catholic colleges based on the statements and actions of students on campus. 

“Some students come to college with a strong Catholic formation, others are non-Catholic and still others have never given Church teaching on these issues a second thought,” Dr. Richard White, associate professor and chair of the theology department at Newman Guide-recommended Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. “No matter where they’re coming from, students greatly benefit if the college has courses in the curriculum dedicated to addressing Church teaching on contraception and human sexuality.”
At the beginning of a new school year, professors at some of America’s most faithfully Catholic colleges take the Vatican’s Oath of Fidelity to protect against scandal and fortify the colleges’ Catholic identity. It stands in stark contrast to the infidelity and confusion emanating from some other Catholic campuses.

Some colleges—like Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., and Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyo.—ask all faculty members to take the Oath. At least another 14 Catholic colleges require the Oath from their theology professors, and The Catholic University of America (CUA) requires theology professors to have the “canonical mission,” which is necessary for granting pontifical degrees.

But still, among nearly 200 Catholic colleges in the United States, 17 is a minority.  What inspires these uncommon colleges to require the Oath, and are there any real benefits?

“Theology faculty are asked to the take the Oath of Fidelity, so that they become mindful of the fact that they are witnessing, studying, teaching and handing down truth of which they are not the author,” said Dr. Mark Zia, associate professor of theology at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. “Jesus Christ forever remains the Teacher, and both professor and students are his pupils as they respectfully probe the mysteries of salvation.”
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.
Fr. Snyder's "extensive background in charitable work and leadership will serve as an inspiration to our graduates as they prepare to leave their own extraordinary marks throughout our community and the world," St. Gregory's President Dr. D. Gregory Main stated.
St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, Okla., was recently recognized as a Certified Healthy Campus and Business by the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program, the University announced.
With the state board approval, junior-level nursing students, including transfer students, will be admitted into the traditional program starting in the fall of 2015.
Students and community members from the faithful Catholic colleges and universities recommended in The Newman Guide—about 3,000 of them, according to estimates—are traveling to Washington, D.C., this week to participate in the 42nd annual March for Life.
The statue was reportedly chosen for the University's "strong devotion to the Hispanic heritage" and commitment to the pro-life movement.
With the assistance of St. Gregory's Abbey and the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, the bible will remain on display at the Museum from December 14, 2014, until January 25, 2015.
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.”
New for the 2014-15 academic year, St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Okla., has instituted an “open-bolt” policy in which bedroom doors in student dorms are required to remain ajar while members of the opposite sex are present.
The procession was "a prayerful opportunity for St. Gregory’s students to interact with the larger community in the Oklahoma City area and to show their support for Archbishop Coakley's leadership in the diocese," Stephen Zabarowski, the director of student life, explained.
Colleges recommended in The Newman Guide ranked well in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 edition of Best Colleges. 
A junior at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Okla., united with other college students this summer for the twentieth Annual Crossroads Pro-life Walk, the University recently reported on its website.
According to the University, the program offers "intellectual formation with meaningful pastoral instruction." It will teach students the faith so that they bring it into the world to "take root to be lived out in meaningful and transformative ways."
St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, Okla., announced this week that the Higher Learning Commission approved its newest graduate degree, a Masters in Professional Counseling.
The University has announced that the Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) bridge program has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission.
"As Oklahoma's only Catholic college, we are deeply committed to extending a Benedictine welcome to more students who may be successful here, regardless of family means," D.Gregory Main, President of St. Gregory's University, said.
"Each of Oklahoma’s four Catholic health care systems helped contribute to the program, ensuring that it will help meet their needs for current and future nurses."
Students graduating with associate's degrees from Seminole State College are now eligible to receive approximately 60 hours of credit towards a St. Gregory's University bachelor's degree.
During homecoming events, Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen, O.S.B. of St. Gregory's Abbey blessed the reconstructed turrets for Benedictine Hall in a special ceremony.
St. Gregory’s recently placed a new golden crosier into the hands of a statue of St. Gregory the Great.
"Despite assurances from the Administration to the contrary, this mandate would still insist that every employee at Catholic universities and colleges be enrolled in an insurance regiment that includes abortion causing drugs," said Monsignor Stuart Swetland.
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.
Dr. Scott Hahn recently paid compliment to St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, noting that the institution “is serious about remaining faithful to its authentic Catholic identity and tradition.”
St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, inaugurated D. Gregory Main as its 15th president on March 30.  During his inaugural address, President Main remarked that, during his tenure, St. Gregory’s will serve students in the spirit of Ex corde Ecclesiae, Pope John Paul II’s apostolic constitution on Catholic higher education.

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