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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U.S. Catholic higher education: The National Labor Relations Board upholds Catholic identity more than many U.S. bishops and administrators?

  When the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) abandoned its “substantial religious character” test in December 2015 as a measure of whether a Catholic university or college is sufficiently “Catholic” enough to remain exempt from NRLB jurisdiction, administrators at the

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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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From the folks at LifeSiteNews.com: Planned Parenthood sells intact fetal body parts…

  LOS ANGELES, July 14, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – An undercover video released this morning shows a national leader of Planned Parenthood admitting that the abortion provider uses the illegal and highly controversial partial birth abortion procedure to sell intact fetal

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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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Laudato si: Its pessimistic tone sounds like Environmental Defense Fund propaganda…

  Many have rightly lauded Pope Francis’ encyclical concerning the environment, Laudato si. However, many of those doing so view the encyclical as a crucial document, not for its defense of life, family, and the impoverished but for its utility

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Being ‘Welcoming and Opening’ to Those Outside of the Faith

When it comes to the Anglican Communion, it’s not only possible to believe anything, it’s also possible to develop a high-church liturgy for everything. Consider the text of an April 2015 motion proposed by the Diocese of Blackburn for review during

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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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Doublespeaque vs. truth in advertising: The NLRB tightens the noose…

  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is tightening the noose as it ups the ante in recognizing the rights of adjunct faculty in private, religious colleges and universities to unionize. This decision could also be a first step in

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Evangelizing young people: The power of liturgical signs and symbols…

  Over at Fr. Z’s blog, there’s a great photo album posted by the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius Parish (Archdiocese of Chicago). The photographs contained in the album were taken as rose petals descended from the church’s ceiling

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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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Presenting some eminent alumni/ae of the nation’s catholic colleges and universities…

  Over at Catholic Education Daily, Kimberly Scharfenberger has done a yeowoman’s job in culling together some data concerning the nation’s Catholic colleges and law schools: They boast 65 alumni who are members of the U.S. House of Representatives. That’s 15%

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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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Christian evangelicals: Those knuckle-dragging, anti-science Neaderthals not…

  Contrary to the popular caricature that many politicians the mainstream media tout about evangelical Christians—likening them to knuckle-dragging, anti-science Neanderthals—a recent study, “Religious Understandings of Science,” found that ~70% of evangelical Christians believe that religion and science are not

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A decades’ long struggle: Catholic identity and the University of Notre Dame…

  One of the first, unspoken rules of assuming the presidency of an institution of higher education is “Remake the board in your image.” That rule contains a lot of wisdom. The president may have only had a slim majority

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The University of Scranton: Reclaiming its Catholic and Jesuit heritage…

  The University of Scranton’s President, the Reverend Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., has announced plans to terminate the institution’s health insurance coverage of all abortions. Since the 1990s, the University’s healthcare policy allowed for abortion in cases of rape, incest, and

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Catholic culture wars: The soap opera at Marquette University continues…

  The suspended Marquette University political science professor who asserted “Marquette…has again shown itself to be timid, overly bureaucratic and lacking any commitment to either its Catholic mission or free expression,” has received a 16-page letter from the Dean of

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The University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) says, “Stick it in your ear!”

  The folks over at The College Fix have done their homework, exposing how administrators at the University of St. Thomas (UST)—a “private Catholic liberal arts school” located in St. Paul, MN—are standing by their decision to let students to

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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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Pope Francis: President Obama’s gift that keeps on giving…

  When the Washington Times brandishes the banner headline “Obama finds an ally on political controversies at the Vatican,” it may be time to step back and assess what exactly is transpiring. From income inequality to Cuba and soon to

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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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So much for freedom of speech in U.S. Catholic higher education…

  Back in early November, a professor of political science reported in a personal blog post about a fellow professor teaching “Theory of Ethics” who was applying a philosophical text to modern political controversies. Listing some controversies, the professor wrote

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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 new gender classification coming soon to a nearby Catholic university or college…

  One of the premiere campus events during the month of October occurred beneath the radar screen: “Asexual Awareness Week.” This lack of awareness won’t contine if Emily Johnston and some of her pals at Carleton College are effective in getting their message

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Cardinal Raymond Burke: Not one to back down when it comes to Church teaching…

The soon-to-be “former Prefect of the Sacred Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura,” Cardinal Raymond Burke, isn’t letting his alleged “demotion” to head the Knights of Malta get in the way of his speaking out about the scandal caused by the first round

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Coming soon to a college near you: Men’s studies programs…

  Somewhere beneath the radar screen, college-age American men as a group aren’t doing so well, especially when compared to today’s college women and  men of the halcyon era of U.S. higher education long past, according to Rocco L. Capraro, who

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The “free market” and “social exclusion”: Cardinal Maradiaga’s “sloganeering”…

  Catholic prelates are certainly entitled to their opinions but, when expressing those opinions, prelates should identify them as personal opinions. That’s especially true when Catholic prelates are speaking outside of their area of competence, as those opinions can be seized upon and promoted by others—and

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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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