Friday, June 17, 2011

Co-ed dorms out!

Renewing Catholic Higher Education

 June 17, 2011

What a grand month of June!

On Monday, the new president of The Catholic University of America announced that he would put an end to 30 years of co-ed dorms to reduce drinking and sexual activity.

That comes less than a week after Notre Dame trustee Roxanne Martino resigned, following The Cardinal Newman Society's revelations that she donated thousands to the pro-abortion Emily's List.

And now we have a report that Bishop Rhoades, the new bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, met privately with Notre Dame president Fr. John Jenkins prior to Martino's resignation!

The CUA and Notre Dame developments are flip sides of the same coin—the renewal of Catholic higher education is underway.  The Holy Spirit is moving, and we just have to keep struggling (and praying!) to prevent the secular culture from overwhelming it.

Certainly we face serious challenges.  Our new report on the "hook-up" culture on Catholic campuses finds that noncommittal, physical activity "has become the dominant script for forming sexual and romantic relationships on Catholic and secular campuses."

Please, won't you keep The Cardinal Newman Society in your prayers?  Urge St. Michael's intercession for this work of rooting out scandal, and the prayers of our patron Blessed John Henry Newman for the task of rebuilding Catholic education.

Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support!  (And please, do continue to help us when you can!)

Patrick J. Reilly
President, The Cardinal Newman Society

P.S.  You may be interested in the substantial media coverage of both developments.  I recommend the following:

National Catholic RegisterWhat Notre Dame's Trustee Resignation Means for the University
Wall Street Journal
Why We're Going Back to Single-Sex Dorms
Crisis Magazine
Catholic University Trusts Its Students

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