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College CANCELS pro-abortion rights lecturer

September 24, 2011

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College Invokes Catholic Mission, Cancels Prestigious Lecture with Pro-Abortion Rights Writer
A Catholic university in Pennsylvania has cancelled the campus visit of a popular columnist for a prestigious lecture after The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) reported that the pending speaker has been a very public proponent for abortion rights.  According to the Saint Francis University website last week, writer Ellen Goodman was set to deliver the "25th Furlong Lecture" in October.  The news webpage announcing this event is now missing.  On another page of the Saint Francis site, we read that the event was cancelled.  Read more...

Read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's article about the cancelled lecture and the role CNS played.

Gonzaga Univ. Magazine Features Lesbian Rabbi Teaching in Religious Studies Dept.
An article in Gonzaga Magazine highlights the career of a lesbian professor in Catholic, Jesuit Gonzaga University's religious studies department.  According to the magazine, Elizabeth Goldstein is Gonzaga's "first and only female rabbi".  From the article:  "There is this intersection of religion and culture that keeps gays and lesbians from fully participating." 

St. Joseph College (CT) Touts Honor for President Alongside Planned Parenthood Leader
Saint Joseph College in Connecticut is publicizing the fact that its president, Dr. Pamela Trotman Reid, will be honored by the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWELF) alongside the President of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. 

Abortion is NO Choice for Catholic Colleges!
The Cardinal Newman Society's campus monitoring project started off successfully this semester as Saint Francis University's president courageously cancelled a lecture by pro-abortion rights writer Ellen Goodman.  Deo gratias, and the semester is just getting started!  Please support us today and help us pursue our mission of renewing Catholic higher education.  Click here to make a donation.

Cardinal Wuerl: Magisterium 'Authenticates the Fruit of Theology'
In an article for America Magazine, Cardinal Donald Wuerl discusses the essential relationship that theologians have to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.  The Cardinal also writes that many students today are in need of evangelization and faith-formation more than theological speculation.  Read more...

Conference Series on Homosexuality Began at Fordham University Last Week
Earlier this month, The Cardinal Newman Society wrote to Fordham University organizers of a conference aiming "to change the conversation about sexual diversity and the Catholic Church" and urged them to ensure the authentic presentation of Church teachings.  Although another organizer said the conference will not challenge Church teaching, we are wondering why he also said that it is inspired by "a shift in American society...which has led to the legalization of same sex marriage."  Read about The Cardinal Newman Society's protest of the conference here and get a recap of the event here.

'Applying the Fruits of the Extraordinary Rite to Family Life' at Thomas Aquinas College
Earlier this month, Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California, hosted a one day conference titled "Applying the Fruits of the Extraordinary Rite to Family Life," sponsored by Una Voce Ventura.  The blog Rorate Caeli has this about the event: "Dr. Thomas Kaiser, who is a philosophy professor at Thomas Aquinas College talked about how the Church has used sensory experience to lead us into the sacred spiritual world, which cannot be perceived by the senses."  Read more...

Catholic College President Defends Employing Instructor Who Touted Work as 'Abortion Doula'
Over the past few months, we have been posting updates to the story about College of Mount Saint Vincent and one of its adjunct sociology instructors, Bianca Laureano.  This College employee has on several occasions publicly espoused positions opposed to Catholic moral teachings on the websites of pro-abortion organizations.  An alumna of the College recently notified The Cardinal Newman Society about a letter she received — addressed to alumni, students, parents and others — by College president Charles Flynn, in which he defends the decision to keep employing Laureano.  Read more...

'A Fight for the Right to Be Catholic' for Catholic Colleges and Institutions
Cardinal Newman Society president Patrick J. Reilly points out in an article for Crisis Magazine that a new health insurance mandate from the Obama administration is, for many Catholic institutions, essentially "a fight for the right to be Catholic."  Read more...

CNS President to Lecture on Federal Threats to Catholic Colleges at SCSS Conference
Franciscan University of Steubenville has announced that it will host the Society of Catholic Social Scientists' 19th annual conference next month from October 28 to 29.  Cardinal Newman Society president Patrick J. Reilly is slated to deliver the conference's keynote address.  Read more...

Boston College Should Fight Policies in Conflict with Catholic Teachings, Say Students
The staff of The Observer, a student newspaper at Boston College, is arguing that the Jesuit and Catholic university should oppose "contraceptive mandates" and "fight policies" conflicting with Catholic teachings.  Read more...

Catholic University of America Lawyers Defend Decision to Implement Single-Sex Dorms
The Tower reports that Catholic University of America's (CUA) law representatives defended reasons for the switch to single-sex dorms at a closed-door meeting at the D.C. Office of Human Rights last week.  In June, CUA President John Garvey wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal in which he announced the University would be returning to the policy of single-sex dorms on campus to combat problems of binge drinking and "hook-ups".  Read more...

'Welcoming the Roman Missal' Sponsored by University of St. Thomas (TX)
University of St. Thomas in Houston (UST) is co-sponsoring "Welcoming the Roman Missal" by Vox Clara Executive Director Msgr. James P. Moroney on September 23.  The University joins the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Office of Worship and St. Mary's Seminary in promoting the event.  Read more...

Roman Missal Changes Protest Led to New Priests Group, St. Leo's Hosting Conference
The National Catholic Reporter
reports that the new group Association of U.S. Catholic Priests will hold a major convocation at Catholic St. Leo University in Florida next year on the liturgy.  NCR also reports that the new priests group was created in part due to the protests of "the coming changes in the Roman Missal."  Read more...

College Degrees Confirmed as 'Paths to Better Jobs and Higher Earnings'
Daily Finance reports on the findings of a Census Bureau study proving that a bachelor's degree is worth the money required to obtain it.  From the report: "According to the study, education levels had more effect on earnings over a 40-year span in the workforce than any other demographic factor such as race or gender."  Read more...

Notre Dame Prof Sympathizes with 'Exasperation' at 'Culture War' Bishops
In an article for Commonweal, University of Notre Dame law and theology professor Cathleen Kaveny responds to author Dennis O'Brien's piece asking the question "Can we talk about abortion?"  In her article, Kaveny joins O'Brien in his criticism of "culture war" bishops. 

CNS Urges Hundreds of Thousands to Oppose Obama Admin's Mandate Assaulting Religious Freedom
The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) urged hundreds of thousands of supporters to submit comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in protest of new healthcare regulations which violate religious freedoms, forcing many Catholic institutions, including colleges and universities, to violate their Catholic identity by providing health benefits for sterilization and contraception, including those that may cause abortion. 

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