Planet Money: How the University of Notre Dame ranks…

  At the sametime academic administrators at the University of Notre Dame (UND) formed a faculty committee to consider reducing UND’s Theology requirement to one course, National Public Radio’s Planet Money team created an interesting ranking of 4-year undergraduate programs. Here’s

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Liberty University: Gone liberal?

Universities are founded with the idea of providing the requisite freedom (libertas) and rest (otium) that’s necessary for human beings to pursue ideas and ultimately to grasp truth. That’s certainly not the case today as most of the nation’s campuses

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State Senator Rick Bertrand (R-IA): A genuine Catholic pol…

  Over at the Souix City Journal, State Senator Rick Bertrand (R-IA) has written an impassioned op-ed explaining why Catholics, especially those who are pro-life, need to stop supporting pro-death politicians. Given the demographic data, Bertrand writes: Abortion in this country will only be abolished

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Pursuing the parochial truth: Dominican University (River Forest, IL)…

  “Inspired minds. Amazing possibilities.” That’s the tagline for the Dominican University (River Forest, Illinois) website for this Dominican institution of higher education which advertises its mission using the following descriptor: As a Sinsinawa Dominican-sponsored institution, Dominican University prepares students to

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Cardinal Maradiaga and worshipping at the altar of environmentalism…

  According to Vatican Insider, Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga of Honduras isn’t very much happy with climate change skeptics in the U.S.A. who have expressed their reservations concerning Pope Francis’ cozy relationship with those who worship at the altar of environmentalism

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Who should be offended?

  Imagine the leaders of a Catholic high school having the audacity to bring in a speaker to inform the student body about the nature of the horrific violence being perpetrated against people in the Middle East, in general, and

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Perhaps Catholic schools no longer provide an answer…

  Over at The Wanderer, James J. Kirkpatrick has written a defense of San Francisco’s Archbishop, Salvatore Cordileone, for injecting a so-called “morality clause” into the contract of archdiocesan teachers. Archbishop Cordileone has come under heavy fire from activists—including some

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In this picture, who really are the “dreamers”?

  My thesis is as simple as it is straightforward: The Roman Catholic Church should accept no federal dollars. My response to the naysayers is equally simple and straightforward, per Amanda Hocking in My Blood Approves: “When you dance with the

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The rise of the neo-Lutherans: Will there be a schism?

  Watching last fall’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family from the sidelines, what was surprising was the level of rancor (and perhaps even acrimony) manifesting itself in the debate concerning, among other matters, the Church’s prohibition of divorced/remarried Catholics receiving Holy Communion. Media

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Bias in the American Catholic media?

  Thomas Joseph O’Brien. The name may have slipped from memory, as the media has moved on to cover other “hot,” Church-related scandals as well as to cover the ecclesiastical politics associated with the upcoming Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod

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The NRLB and the lost soul of U.S. Catholic higher education…

  In the case of Pacific Lutheran University and Service Employees International Union, Local 925 (Case 19–RC–102521), the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) ruled on December 16 that contingent (“adjunct”) faculty members at private colleges and universities can unionize. This

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Some stirrings of discontent in U.S. Catholic higher education

  It’s difficult to gauge precisely how many Catholics—in particular, those who are genuinely concerned about the Catholic identity of U.S. Catholic higher education—are feeling like Howard Beale, the fictional anchorman for the UBS Evening News in the film Network.

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Patristic quote of the day…

  If I should write the truth, I believe that I ought to flee all meetings of bishops, because I have never seen any happy or satisfactory outcome from any council, nor one that has deterred evils more than it

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There’s No Place Like Creighton University

Although it happened a couple of weeks back, it was bound to happen. A President of a Catholic University has cited Pope Francis as an influential factor extending health benefits to same-sex “spouses” of university employees. According to the Omaha World-Herald:

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A “Catholic” environmentalism…

  Caring for and ruling the environment are biblical imperatives going back to the Book of Genesis. It’s a no-brainer: There is what might be termed a “Catholic environmentalism.” This sound, theological proposition is not the ideology of those who

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