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  • Live Stream! Notre Dame Commencement Ceremonies

    Each year, the University videotapes the Notre Dame Commencement exercises. This year, you can see the following ceremonies live via streaming video.
  • Pastor Says: 'I Saw Catholics Arrested for Being Catholic at a Catholic University' -- Notre Dame

    05/15/2009 12:14:46 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 213 replies · 4,955+ views
    Christian Newswire ^ | 5/15/09 | Christian Newswire
    Contact: Catherine Rouse, Vision America, 936-560-3900, Catherine@visionamerica.usSOUTH BEND, Ind., May 15 /Christian Newswire/ -- Vision America President Pastor Rick Scarborough said he was sickened by what he saw when those protesting Obama's speech at Notre Dame were arrested on the campus. "I wept when I saw my friends arrested and taken to jail," Scarborough disclosed. "They almost broke the arm of a priest who appeared to be in his 80s, by dragging him on the ground." Scarborough, who's a Southern Baptist preacher, said he was in South Bend in solidarity with Catholics who are protesting the upcoming commencement speech at...
  • Notre Dame Students Select Father Frank Pavone to Lead Obama-Free Graduation

    05/11/2009 11:51:24 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 177 replies · 4,350+ views
    Life News ^ | 5/11/09 | Steven Ertelt
    South Bend, IN (LifeNews.com) -- Notre Dame students who don't want to attend a graduation ceremony involving pro-abortion President Barack Obama put together alternate plans. Today, they announced that Father Frank Pavone, the director of Priests for Life, will lead prayer at a pro-life prayer vigil.The Class of 2009 Vigil for Life will be celebrated at Sunday's commencement ceremony at the same time as the graduation event.“In standing with these students, I am standing with the true spirit of Notre Dame: a pro-life spirit, in harmony with human reason and Catholic Faith," Father Pavone told LifeNews.com on Monday."The scandal...
  • God and Obama at Notre Dame ( "The clash between Catholic culture and Catholic colleges." )

    05/10/2009 6:18:55 AM PDT · by kellynla · 30 replies · 1,071+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 05/18/2009, Volume 014, Issue 33 | Joseph Bottum
    All across campus, the flowers have begun to bloom, their dull Indiana roots stirred by the spring rain, and the grass is almost green again at Notre Dame. Beneath a 16-foot statue of the Blessed Virgin, the main administration building sits, as always, its gold dome sparkling in the warm spring sun. Meanwhile, in the offices of the college chapel--some chapel: the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, with a 230-foot spire and the world's largest collection of 19th-century French stained glass--young couples are meeting with deacons to plan the alumni weddings that run nonstop through the spring and summer. The...
  • Is ND Catholic enough? Obama visit prompts examination of identity

    05/10/2009 11:32:33 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 22 replies · 999+ views
    South Bend Tribune ^ | 5/10/09 | Margaret Fosmoe
    SOUTH BEND — As soon as it was announced March 20 that President Barack Obama would be the University of Notre Dame's commencement speaker and receive an honorary degree, the reaction started. Online petitions by some Catholic groups were launched that day, denouncing the decision by the Rev. John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame's president, to honor Obama, who is pro-choice and who on March 9 had given approval for expanded fetal stem-cell research. Pro-life activists have flooded into town, conducting rallies and petition drives, standing at Notre Dame's main gate holding large photos of aborted babies. Airplanes have been flying...
  • Ave Maria University Commencement Speaker Rips Notre Dame, Obama ( Hooray! )

    05/09/2009 3:03:33 PM PDT · by kellynla · 11 replies · 1,429+ views
    naplesnews.com ^ | Saturday, May 9, 2009 | JOHN OSBORNE
    Reading from the Book of Matthew, the Rev. Robert Garrity welcomed students, family and friends to Ave Maria University’s fifth annual commencement exercises. “You are the salt of the earth … you are the light of the world,” he told them Saturday in the school’s ornate Oratory. The 114 students who received degrees Saturday marked the largest graduating class in the school’s short history in Collier County. Commencement speaker Dr. Thomas Hilgers, an obstetrician from Omaha who Ave Maria President Nicholas Healy described as a pioneer in “gynecological practices that are line with the teachings of the Catholic Church,” used...
  • God and Obama at Notre Dame: The clash between Catholic culture and Catholic colleges

    05/09/2009 1:21:29 PM PDT · by rhema · 26 replies · 1,110+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 05/18/2009 | Joseph Bottum
    All across campus, the flowers have begun to bloom, their dull Indiana roots stirred by the spring rain, and the grass is almost green again at Notre Dame. Beneath a 16-foot statue of the Blessed Virgin, the main administration building sits, as always, its gold dome sparkling in the warm spring sun. Meanwhile, in the offices of the college chapel--some chapel: the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, with a 230-foot spire and the world's largest collection of 19th-century French stained glass--young couples are meeting with deacons to plan the alumni weddings that run nonstop through the spring and summer. The...
  • Bishop Martino: Kings College Should Not have Sen. Casey for Commencement

    05/03/2009 12:11:25 PM PDT · by tcg · 1 replies · 368+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/3/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Bishop Joseph Martino is a Bishop who has stood out for his deep, continual and unflinching pastoral oversight of the Diocese and all of the Catholic institutions under his care. He has also shown genuine pastoral care for Senator Robert Casey, the son of the late Governor Bob Casey who was a courageous and uncompromising champion of the Right to Life. His son, Senator Robert Casey has a decidedly mixed record concerning the fundamental Right to Life. His Bishop is engaging him regularly to remind him of his obligations to be what Pope Benedict has called "morally coherent" in discharging...
  • Bishop Martino Regrets King’s CollegeCommencement Speaker Selection (Sen Bob Casey)

    05/03/2009 10:13:24 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 17 replies · 601+ views
    Bishop Joseph F. Martino said today that the decision by King’s College to have Sen. Robert Casey serve as commencement speaker on May 17 is, in view of his affirmative vote for Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services, an affront to all who value the sanctity of life. Previously, the Bishop had asked Sen. Casey to reflect on his oft-stated pro-life beliefs and oppose the nomination of Gov. Sebelius who as a Catholic has been a committed advocate of abortion while she served as governor of Kansas. It is the Bishop’s position that his vote on April...
  • Providence College blocks speech by ex-congressman ( Tancredo )

    04/27/2009 2:25:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies · 1,677+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 27, 2009
    Providence College has blocked a campus speech by former Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo, a vocal opponent of illegal immigration. It also said Tancredo's stance on illegal immigration "directly contrasts" with Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, a member of the college's Board of Trustees.
  • Covering up the cross (Obama at Georgetown)

    04/25/2009 3:51:26 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 24 replies · 1,947+ views
    Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ^ | April 25, 2009 | Staff
    THE LATEST flare-up on the Obama Watch (we have trouble keeping up with all of them) was sparked by Georgetown University's covering up its Christian symbols, or trying to, when the president visited the campus to deliver a speech. The cover-up didn't entirely work. The university's (and the Jesuits') abbreviation for Jesus' name-IHS-was still visible elsewhere in the hall. Along with the cross above the university's seal. Was it sloppy planning or divine will? And why not both? He works in mysterious ways. We vote for this scandalette's having been the product of just another bad idea from some lower-down...
  • Xavier Joins Notre Dame on Bishops' Boycott List

    04/25/2009 5:09:26 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 17 replies · 969+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 04/06/2009 | David Waters
    Another bishop has declined to attend another graduation ceremony at another Catholic university because of plans to bestow an honorary degree on another pro-choice politician. This time it's New Orleans Catholic Archbishop Alfred Hughes who says he will not attend next month's graduation at Xavier University of Louisiana, which plans to award an honorary degree to Donna Brazile, a Democratic strategist, Louisiana native, Roman Catholic and abortion rights supporter. Hughes is joining in protest a dozen other Roman Catholic bishops who plan to boycott next month's graduation at the University of Notre Dame, which plans to give an honorary degree...
  • Georgetown University to Honor Pro-Abortion Vice President Joe Biden

    04/21/2009 12:23:26 PM PDT · by SErtelt · 9 replies · 1,093+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | April 21, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC -- Georgetown University could find itself as the latest Catholic college to upset pro-life Catholics as it plans to present a legal award to pro-abortion Vice President Joe Biden. It could join the University of Notre Dame, which has invited President Barack Obama to give commencement, in the doghouse. Tomorrow, Georgetown University Law Center will host an event honoring Biden with the “Legal Momentum Hero Award."
  • Rendering Unto Ceasar

    04/18/2009 4:12:41 AM PDT · by dixiedarlindownsouth · 12 replies · 817+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 4/17/2009 | Pat Buchanan
    At the request of the White House, Georgetown University covered up all the symbols in Gaston Hall, before the Great Man spoke, including IHS, the millennia-old monogram for the name of Jesus Christ. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, had adopted the monogram in his seal and it became an emblem of the Jesuit order. When it comes to rendering unto Caesar, Georgetown is not going to be outshone by Notre Dame, which stole a march by offering the nation's avatar of abortion a doctorate of laws degree, honoris causa. Actually, it is regrettable the IHS in...
  • Notre Dame Alumni Use Donations As Leverage in Effort to Oust University President

    04/17/2009 7:34:52 AM PDT · by rhema · 66 replies · 2,059+ views
    CNS News ^ | April 17, 2009 | Susan Jones
    University of Notre Dame alumni and financial supporters on Thursday launched an online campaign to withhold donations to the Catholic school until the Rev. John Jenkins is replaced as president. ReplaceJenkins.com is calling for the appointment of a president who “is committed to the authentic identity of Notre Dame” and “grounded in the teachings of the Catholic Church.” “We feel strongly that the University should not honor President Barack Obama, given his well known commitment to abortion in the broadest possible context,” the Web site says. Coalition representative Joe DiFranco, a ’57 alumnus, said Rev. Jenkins’ decision to “honor” President...
  • Georgetown Says It Covered Over Name of Jesus to Comply With White House Request

    04/16/2009 7:15:34 AM PDT · by Sig Sauer P220 · 59 replies · 1,947+ views
    CNS News ^ | 04/15/09 | Edwin Mora
    CNSNews.com) - Georgetown University says it covered over the monogram “IHS”--symbolizing the name of Jesus Christ—because it was inscribed on a pediment on the stage where President Obama spoke at the university on Tuesday and the White House had asked Georgetown to cover up all signs and symbols there.
  • OBAMA NIXES “JESUS” AT GEORGETOWN

    04/16/2009 12:59:43 PM PDT · by kellynla · 97 replies · 2,558+ views
    Catholic League ^ | April 16, 2009 | staff
    When President Barack Obama spoke at Georgetown University on April 14, the White House requested that all religious symbols and signage that might appear as a backdrop to where the president was to speak be covered up. Georgetown acceded to the request and made sure that the symbol “IHS,” a monogram of the name Jesus Christ, was not in sight. Catholic League president Bill Donohue spoke to this issue today: “The cowardice of Georgetown to stand fast on principle tells us more than we need to know about what is going on there, but the bigger story is the audacity...
  • Obama's messianic jargon hits 'rock' bottom ...and G'town removes the Holy Name (Ecumenical)

    04/14/2009 2:02:56 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 71 replies · 8,799+ views
    Dawn Patrol Blog ^ | 4/14/2009 | Dawn Eden
    At Georgetown University today, while sitting in the press section at Gaston Hall awaiting the arrival of President Obama for a "major address" on economics, I overheard a reporter discussing the advance text of the speech. The reporter said that senior presidential adviser David Axelrod had compared Obama during his European trip to one planting seeds for a harvest. Along the same lines, he noted, in today's speech, Obama was set to use another Gospel analogy: that of the "house built upon a rock." And so it came to pass, beneath Gaston Hall's beautiful painting of Morality, Faith, and Patriotism,...
  • Abortion, Obama - Now Georgetown

    04/13/2009 4:39:55 PM PDT · by If You Want It Fixed - Fix It · 7 replies · 577+ views
    PRNewswire-USNewswire ^ | April 13 2009 | SOURCE Randall Terry, Founder, Operation Rescue
    Abortion, Obama - Now Georgetown - "Catholic" Georgetown University Follows Notre Dame, Invites Obama to Speak; Pro-Lifers to Protest WASHINGTON, April 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue: On Tuesday, April 14, from 10:30 a.m. to the end of Mr. Obama's speech, DC area Pro-life leaders and activists will protest at the entrance to Georgetown University at 37th and O Street. Their presence is to denounce Georgetown, who invited President Obama to speak, knowing the scandal and outrage surrounding his scheduled speech at Notre Dame on May 17. Randall Terry, Operation Rescue...
  • Notre Dame Announces Easter Week Homosexuality Events

    04/13/2009 1:47:55 PM PDT · by grace522 · 92 replies · 2,899+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | 12 April 2009 | JOHN P. CONNOLLY
    By JOHN P. CONNOLLY, The Bulletin Monday, April 13, 2009 The University of Notre Dame, which has been criticized in recent weeks for inviting President Barack Obama to this year’s commencement, announced a series of events during Easter week to promote inclusivity of homosexuality. StaND Against Hate Week, announced on Holy Thursday, includes a showing of the film “Prayers for Bobby,” which reportedly blames a mother’s Christian beliefs for her gay son’s suicide. The event will take place from tomorrow through Friday, which is during the Christian celebration of Easter week. The week is co-sponsored by Notre Dame’s Gender Relations...
  • FoxNews: Group (ALL) wants Notre Dame removed from Catholic Directory

    04/09/2009 5:52:16 AM PDT · by topher · 5 replies · 577+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 8, 2009
    Group [ALL] Wants Notre Dame Removed From Catholic Directory Over Obama InviteSubtitle: The [Pro-Life Group]American Life League says removing Notre Dame from the Official Catholic Directory would cut it off from a lot of Catholic foundation funding. ... Thousands of people have signed a petition through another organization to protest Obama's scheduled May 17 commencement, complaining that Obama's views on abortion and stem cell research "directly contradict" Roman Catholic teachings. But the American Life League wants punitive measures. The group's statement Wednesday said the league, after learning that the university had invited Obama and planned to give him an honorary...
  • Commencement crusades ... Notre Dame’s choice as commencement speaker shows poor judgement

    04/09/2009 3:55:35 AM PDT · by ml/nj · 2 replies · 337+ views
    Imagine you have been invested with the power to choose a major university’s next commencement speaker. You can choose anyone you want — business leaders, political officials, talented artists — everything is on the table. By what criteria would you make your decision? Would you choose a speaker in line with the values according to which the school was founded or would you simply choose the biggest name out there? If at our own University, for example, would you pursue someone who adamantly opposes the freedoms of expression and religion espoused by our illustrious founder, or would you seek someone...
  • Student Producers Cancel Notre Dame Performances of ‘V***** Monologues’

    04/08/2009 2:00:02 AM PDT · by topher · 5 replies · 399+ views
    Tuesday April 7, 2009 Student Producers Cancel Notre Dame Performances of ‘Vagina Monologues’ April 7, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Student producers of The Vagina Monologues at the University of Notre Dame decided to cancel 2009 performances of the often criticized, verbally pornographic play, the student newspaper The Observer reports.  Both Fort Wayne-South Bend Bishop D’Arcy and the Catholic education watchdog organization, The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS), have been highly critical of Notre Dame administrators for past productions of the play.   “It is wonderful news that Notre Dame students will not host the Monologues this year,” said Patrick J. Reilly,...
  • Stonehill College Upholds Catholic Identity: Stops Unauthorized Distribution of Condoms in Dorms

    03/05/2009 3:28:40 PM PST · by topher · 2 replies · 272+ views
    Thursday March 5, 2009 Stonehill College Upholds Catholic Identity: Stops Unauthorized Distribution of Condoms in Dorms MANASSAS, VA, March 5, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The administration at Congregation of Holy Cross-founded Stonehill College in Easton, Mass., has removed boxes of free condoms placed in campus dormitories by student activists, according to a story in today's Boston Globe. "Stonehill College should be commended for its swift and clear affirmation of the moral values that parents and students expect at a Catholic institution, said Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) President Patrick J. Reilly in response. CNS is dedicated to renewing and strengthening Catholic identity...
  • Take Action: Pro-abortion/anti-Gun Feminist, Marian Wright Edelman, to speak at NJ Catholic College

    03/17/2009 6:39:35 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies · 654+ views
    MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN GCU Women's Conference Keynote Speaker Conference SpeakersCall and e-mail the College and let your voices be heard: Sr. Rosemary Jeffries  rjeffries@georgian.edu Deborah Gilleran  dgilleran@georgian.edu Sr. Rosemary, President, (732) 987-2252  and Deborah Gilleran (732) 987-2266 and express your  concern, outrage and dismay that Georgian Court is hosting Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children's Defense Fund on Friday, March 20th, 2009.  CongressionalScorecard Georgian Court is holding a "Women's Leadership Conference", and Edelman is the keynote speaker. Marian Wright Edelman and the Children's Defense Fund's agenda is  PRO-ABORTION.  See: http://www.all.org/article.php?id=10069   and  http://www.pregnantpause.org/people/cdf.htm It is the responsibility of a Catholic...
  • Catholic hospitals betray mission

    06/20/2008 8:07:35 AM PDT · by Tolkien · 10 replies · 143+ views
    Wikileaks ^ | 6/15/08 | Wikileaks
    In a study of hospital discharge data for the State of Texas, whistleblowing Catholic medical researchers found that Catholic hospitals reported at least 9,684 cases of sterilizations and 39 legally induced abortions from 2000-2003. While sterilizations and abortions are legal in the United States, they are considered immoral by the Catholic Church and many Catholics.
  • Survey Finds 96 Catholic Universities Have Pro-Homosexual Clubs

    04/01/2008 1:43:58 PM PDT · by concernedAmerican1 · 25 replies · 441+ views
    TFP ^ | 04-01-08 | TFP Student Action
    Scandal: 96 Catholic Universities Have Pro-Homosexual ClubsHelp stop this scandal by signing the TFP’s urgent appeal to the presidents of Catholic universities Here is a list Catholic universities with pro-homosexual clubs Historically, Catholic universities have been beacons of truth. They have set a standard of intellectual progress and moral excellence. They have elevated culture, formed the minds of great men, and paved the way for abundant scientific breakthroughs. However, these beacons of truth are now failing. Moral values are being undermined on many Catholic campuses and the principles that once guided souls in the noble task of higher learning are...
  • Obama Rally at Catholic College ‘Irresponsible’

    01/16/2008 10:36:53 PM PST · by Coleus · 17 replies · 159+ views
    cardinal newman society ^ | 1/14/2008 | Patrick J. Reilly
    On Wednesday, January 9th, pro-abortion Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama addressed a large crowd at Saint Peter’s College, a Jesuit Catholic institution in Jersey City, N.J., generating considerable media attention to his campaign.“It’s irresponsible for a Catholic college and its leadership to host a political rally for an aggressively pro-abortion candidate,” said Patrick J. Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society. “Such events curry public attention at the expense of public morality. In so doing, they demonstrate reckless disregard for the most vulnerable human lives and contribute to the general decline of Catholic higher education.”The president of Saint Peter’s College, Dr....
  • Cardinal Dulles Urges Faithful Catholic Colleges

    10/31/2007 4:38:10 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 88+ views
    Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., urged the American Catholic college or university, “whatever the latest theories of professors or the inclination of students may be, [to] not forsake its Catholic allegiance.” He spoke at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, on October 11 during the inauguration of new president Dr. Francesco Cesareo. With relevance for the nearby College of the Holy Cross, which has said it will defy Bishop Robert McManus and proceed with an event featuring pro-abortion Gov. Deval Patrick and Planned Parenthood, Cardinal Dulles argued the importance of conforming to “doctrinal norms”: “[T]he Church says no only in order to...
  • Who Is Catholic? New conservative colleges

    04/12/2004 9:44:29 AM PDT · by Coleus · 24 replies · 6,155+ views
    Who Is Catholic?New conservative colleges say existing institutions lead students away from the true faith Chart: New Conservative Catholic Colleges Colloquy Live: Read the transcript of a live, online discussion with David O'Brien, a historian of American Catholicism at the College of the Holy Cross, about the staunchly conservative Roman Catholic colleges that have been recently established in the United States. Easy-to-print version E-mail this article Subscribe By BURTON BOLLAGNaples, Fla. Every evening at 9 o'clock a group of students and faculty members gathers between two four-story student residences -- one for men, the other for women -- and sets off on...
  • Holy Cross College Hosts on-Campus Planned Parenthood Workshops, Awards Pro-Abortion Governor

    09/29/2007 9:19:15 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 40 replies · 993+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/28/07 | Peter J. Smith
    WORCHESTER, Massachusetts, September 28, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Jesuit-run Holy Cross, the oldest Catholic college in New England, is hosting the 2007 Teen Pregnancy Institute with Planned Parenthood promoting teenage contraception. The Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy presents the conference every year, but by hosting the conference the Holy Cross Jesuits are sending the message that they have no qualms with its promotion of contraception and the presence of Planned Parenthood, which are intrinsically inimical to the pro-life teachings of the Catholic Church. At this year's conference - scheduled October 24, from 8AM - 4 PM - "Messages that Matter: Strengthening...
  • V-Day Performances on 24 Catholic Campuses, 2007

    02/16/2007 2:26:19 PM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies · 415+ views
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | Patrick J. Reilly
    Updated List of Schools Planning V-Monologues PerformancesThe University of Notre Dame has been remved from the list of schools planning V-Monologues performances. Updated February 15, 2007 (according to www.vday.org or confirmed by theschools)   MORE Bellarmine University Dr. Joseph J. McGowan, 2001 Newburg Road, Louisville, KY 40205 (800) 274-4723@bellarmine.edu Boston College Rev. William Leahy, S.J., 18 Old Colony Rd., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467   (617) 552-8000William.leahy.1@bc.edu College of the Holy Cross Rev. Michael McFarland, S.J., 1 College St., Worcester, MA 01610  (508) 793-2011mmcfarla@holycross.edu College of Mount Saint Vincent Dr. Charles Flynn, Jr., 6301 Riverdale Ave., Riverdale, NY 10471  (718) 405- 3233charles.flynn@mountsaint vincent.edu College...
  • Sex Scandals At Catholic Colleges ‘No Surprise’, Says Catholic Education Lobby

    09/12/2006 4:23:38 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 39 replies · 1,138+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/12/06 | LifeSiteNews
    MANASSAS, VA, September 12, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Recent sex-related scandals at Catholic colleges and universities—including revelations that a former Gonzaga University president sexually abused teenage boys and women’s lacrosse players at two Catholic institutions hired male strippers as part of their freshman initiation rituals—should come as no surprise to observers of Catholic higher education in recent decades.“Catholic college educators once took seriously their responsibility to help young adults learn to be responsible, caring, moral people both in and out of the classroom—first by modeling appropriate behavior themselves,” said Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society (CNS), a national...
  • Catholic U. Students and Staff Complain About Catholic Teaching in Grad Speech (St Thomas, MN)

    05/25/2006 11:56:31 AM PDT · by topher · 11 replies · 483+ views
    Life Site News ^ | May 24, 2006 | Hilary White
    MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, May 24, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Graduates and their families got an unexpected earful of Catholic doctrine at the graduation ceremonies of St. Thomas University this weekend. Ben Kessler, a well-known student recently honoured by peers and faculty as Tommie of the Year, spoke of the "selfishness" of birth control and extra-marital sex. An audible roar of protest erupted when Kessler asked, "What in society is selfish? I would point to the common practice of birth control…Birth control is selfish." On a videotape of the speech obscene comments can be heard as well as shouts of "Way to go...
  • Boston College grads to rise in protest of Condi

    05/20/2006 11:27:01 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 61 replies · 1,711+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 05/21/06 | Marie Szaniszlo
    More than 200 faculty members have signed a letter of opposition to her. Scores of students plan to protest. And dozens of other demonstrators are expected to attend. All of this and more await Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at Boston College tomorrow, when she is due to receive an honorary doctor of laws degree and give what is shaping up to be this year’s most controversial commencement address. But anyone expecting Rice to be shouted down may be disappointed. “I think people have a right to demonstrate as long as they do it in a respectful way,” said senior...
  • Nitwits of the Week: Boston College Students, Professors That Protest Condi Rice

    05/19/2006 10:18:38 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 30 replies · 963+ views
    fox ^ | 5/20/06 | john gibson
    On Monday, Boston College will have its commencement and graduates will gather to hear an address from Dr. Condoleezza Rice, the United States secretary of state. She is arguably the highest-ranking African-American woman in the three centuries or so that African women have been present in America. She is the secretary of state of the most powerful nation on earth. She is discussed regularly as a candidate to be president of the United States. Yet 200 or so students at Boston College, along with some professors, will be protesting her presence at Boston College, protesting especially the school conferring upon...
  • Big sham on campus( Boston College shuns Condoleezza Rice)

    05/10/2006 1:08:24 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 38 replies · 1,344+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | May 10, 2006 | Jonah Goldberg
    How is academic freedom like Catholicism? Well, if you are a left-wing academic, the answer is obvious: Both can be used like a club on people you don't like. Consider the current contretemps over Boston College's invitation to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to be this year's commencement speaker and receive an honorary degree. Rice, the first black woman to be secretary of state, was a distinguished professor of political science at Stanford University, where she received the top awards for teaching. Later, she was Stanford's provost. Her CV is precisely the sort of thing that makes her a no-brainer...
  • Backing Down at Notre Dame

    05/09/2006 9:30:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies · 303+ views
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | 05-09-06 | James K. Fitzpatrick
    by James K. Fitzpatrick Other Articles by James K. Fitzpatrick Backing Down at Notre Dame 05/09/06 Many Catholics were heartened by news reports that the new president of Notre Dame, Fr. John Jenkins, was going to prohibit performances of The Vagina Monologues at the university. I was on board, devoting a column a few weeks ago to a New York Times’s story in mid March about Jenkins’s willingness to take on the trendy secular leftists in regard to this play. In This Article...Selling Our Kids' Souls for Job SecuritySecularization: A Dagger in the Heart of the ChurchCatholic Teachers at Catholic Colleges...
  • Villanova considering on-campus memorial to 'victims of abortion'

    04/13/2006 11:57:49 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 16 replies · 2,049+ views
    CentreDaily.com ^ | 4/11/05 | PATRICK WALTERS/AP
    VILLANOVA, Pa. - Long proud of its conservative religious values, Villanova University is generating new buzz as administrators consider a proposal to install a memorial to the "victims of abortion." Administrators at the private Catholic school in suburban Philadelphia decided Tuesday to consider the proposal being pushed by Villanovans for Life. The group wants to put the memorial along a path connecting the main campus with an area where freshman dormitories are located. Lauren Homans, 22, a group member, said the school has had other displays protesting abortion - including a field of crosses representing aborted fetuses - but not...
  • Web Sites Link Catholic Colleges to Abortion Groups

    03/16/2006 10:25:33 PM PST · by Coleus · 5 replies · 611+ views
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 03.16.06 | Patrick Reilly
    WEB SITES LINK CATHOLIC COLLEGES TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD, ABORTION-RIGHTS GROUPS MANASSAS, VA (March 16, 2006) - Despite the Catholic Church's clear opposition to abortion, contraception and premarital sexual activity, a Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) review of Catholic college and university Web sites has revealed links and referrals to abortion clinics including Planned Parenthood-the largest abortion provider in the United States-and abortion-rights and pro-contraception groups.   CNS is a national organization to renew and strengthen the Catholic identity of Catholic colleges and universities in the U.S. Founded in 1993, CNS has more than 18,000 members.   Whether it's internship and job...
  • Name and Shame: Catholic College Sites Linking to Abortion Centers Exposed

    03/17/2006 11:23:00 AM PST · by wagglebee · 26 replies · 787+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/17/06 | LifeSiteNews
    MANASSAS, VA (March 16, 2006) - Despite the Catholic Church's clear opposition to abortion, contraception and premarital sexual activity, a Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) review of Catholic college and university Web sites has revealed links and referrals to abortion clinics including Planned Parenthood-the largest abortion provider in the United States-and abortion-rights and pro-contraception groups. CNS is a national organization to renew and strengthen the Catholic identity of Catholic colleges and universities in the U.S.  Founded in 1993, CNS has more than 18,000 members. Whether it's internship and job placements with abortion-rights groups, or health center referrals to Planned Parenthood, or...
  • 'Monologues' Divide Catholic Universities

    02/11/2006 2:07:25 PM PST · by Coleus · 20 replies · 667+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 02.09.06 | TOM COYNE
    Kerry Walsh knew there'd be talk when a group of students proposed putting on "The Vagina Monologues" at the University of Notre Dame. The Eve Ensler play, based on discussions with 200 girls and women about their feelings for their anatomy, includes sections about homosexuality, orgasms and rape. "I knew from the get-go there was going to be some point where the university or someone would put their foot down and say, 'We really need to talk about this,'" said Walsh, who was a senior English major when she directed the play. Four years later, that time has come. The...
  • Cardinal Newman Society Campaign Against Offensive “Monologues” Achieves Results

    02/01/2006 11:55:54 AM PST · by wagglebee · 39 replies · 724+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 2/1/06 | Gudrun Schultz
    MANASSAS, VIRGINIA, United States, February 1, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Five Catholic universities have stated they will not permit the Vagina Monologues to be presented on campus, and four more say the play won’t appear, after a campaign by the Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) to stop performances of the offensive production on Catholic campuses. The Monologues is an obscene, sometimes pornographic “celebration” of women’s sexuality that focuses on lesbian sexual experiences and masturbation. The play encourages the use of vulgar and explicit sexual language, and glorifies the lesbian seduction of a young girl. The CNS contacted 29 Catholic colleges this year...
  • Georgetown U. gets $20 million from Saudi prince who Guiliani rebuffed

    12/13/2005 9:15:09 PM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 4 replies · 337+ views
    Marathon Pundit ^ | December 13, 2005 | Marathon Pundit
    Georgetown University, the Jesuit college in Washington DC, received a $20 million dollar donation for the school's Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. From Wednesday's Arab News: Kingdom Holding Company Chairman Prince Alwaleed ibn Talal announced yesterday his donation of $20 million to Georgetown University to support and expand its Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (CMCU). The Center, part of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown, is an international leader in inter-religious scholarship and research, in particular Islamic studies and Muslim-Christian relations. The center will be renamed The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. And just who...
  • Catholic Universities Stifle the Faith

    12/13/2005 6:36:00 AM PST · by Milltownmalbay · 27 replies · 710+ views
    SeaMax News ^ | 12/13/2005 | Fr. Michael Reilly
    Life Site News is reporting on new Australian research which indicates that students are more likely to lose their faith then strengthen it if they attend Catholic Universities. Pope Benedict XVI, while addressing the students at Rome’s Sacred Heart Catholic University, asked of students at Catholic Universities, “How do they leave? What culture did they find, assimilate, develop?” He may not like the answer. Dr. Luke Saker, who conducted the research, told the Western Australian Catholic newspaper the Record that “almost all students who graduate from Catholic education regard the Church as irrelevant.” Only 12.8% of 133 Edith Cowan University...
  • Saudi Prince Gives Millions to Harvard and Georgetown (for Islamic Studies Departments)

    12/12/2005 11:12:48 PM PST · by indcons · 48 replies · 1,191+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 13, 2005 | KAREN W. ARENSON
    Harvard University and Georgetown University each announced yesterday that they had received $20 million donations from Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, a Saudi businessman and member of the Saudi royal family, to finance Islamic studies. Harvard said it would create a universitywide program on Islamic studies, recruit new faculty members in the field, provide more support for graduate students and convert rare Islamic textual sources into digital formats to make them widely available. "For a university with global aspirations, it is critical that Harvard have a strong program on Islam that is worldwide and interdisciplinary in scope," said...
  • Saudi Businessman Donates Millions to Georgetown and Harvard for Study of Islam

    12/12/2005 12:49:07 PM PST · by milestogo · 47 replies · 1,356+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Caryle Murphy
    Saudi Businessman Donates Millions to Georgetown and Harvard for Study of Islam By Caryle MurphyWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, December 12, 2005; 1:48 PM An internationally prominent Saudi businessman said today that he is donating $20 million each to Georgetown and Harvard universities to expand the study of Islam and the Muslim world as part of his philanthropic efforts aimed at promoting interreligious understanding.Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, a member of the Saudi royal family, said in a telephone interview from the Saudi capital of Riyadh that he also has established the first two centers for American studies in the Middle East,...
  • 'Safe Environment' Programs Began As Pro-Homosexual Propaganda

    11/11/2005 10:30:33 PM PST · by Coleus · 5 replies · 1,022+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | 11.03.05 | Christopher Manion
    'Safe Environment' Programs Began As Pro-Homosexual PropagandaThe recent national mandate to “all bishops” from Teresa Kettelkamp, director of the USCCB’s Office of Child and Youth Protection, has rekindled the controversy over the “safe environment” programs mandated by the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, adopted by the bishops in 2002. As The Wanderer reported two weeks ago, a forceful response to Kettelkamp’s directive came from Bishop Robert Vasa of the Diocese of Baker, Ore. Bishop Vasa published a column in the diocesan newspaper entitled, “We Need Answers.” The bishop said that, until he had those answers, he...
  • It's Always the Man's Fault

    11/16/2005 9:01:41 AM PST · by Coleus · 57 replies · 1,752+ views
    New Oxford Review ^ | November 2005 | Jeffrey R. Jackson
    There is a particular understanding of the so-called gender wars that has been imparted to this society's collective psyche -- that women are angelic victims who are oppressed by men, their perpetual abusers. As such, women of recent generations have been brought up to "empower" and "assert" themselves against our "patriarchy," from which they strive to be independent by adopting masculine, competitive ways. At the same time, the men of these same generations have been raised to be less assertive and more sensitive -- in other words, feminized -- all in the interest of achieving "gender balance" or equality. As...
  • Vatican Official Foresees "Pruning" at Catholic Colleges

    11/02/2005 2:56:38 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 30 replies · 564+ views
    Catholic World News ^ | 11/2/2005 | n/a
    Vatican official foresees "pruning" at Catholic collegesNov. 02 (CWNews.com) - A Vatican official has predicted that Pope Benedict XVI might favor "evangelical pruning" of Catholic colleges that are not upholding the faith, the Cardinal Newman Society reports. Archbishop Michael Miller, the secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, told an audience at the University of Notre Dame that "the measure of an institution can be judged by its Catholic integrity." He suggested that if a school has lost contact with its Catholic heritage, "it might be a matter of truth and justice that such an institution is no longer upheld."...