Entries by Newman Society Staff

Meeting Point Sex Ed Program Not Ready for Catholic Schools

The Meeting Point: Course of Affective Sexual Education for Young People (http://www.educazioneaffettiva.org/) is a high school-level sex education program developed by “a group of married couples in Spain,” supported by the Spanish Bishops’ Conference and released online by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family in July 2016.  It is intended for use in Catholic high […]

Statement Regarding Common Core

December 20, 2013 – In recent decades, Church leaders, together with Catholic families, have come to better appreciate that Catholic identity is essential to Catholic schools’ mission, teaching methods, curriculum, and appeal.  It is because of their Catholic identity that schools are most attentive to the needs of students and their families.  “These Catholic schools […]

Discriminatory Blaine Amendment Used Against Education Savings Accounts in Nevada

Not long after Nevada created the nation’s first nearly universal education savings account (ESA) program for students last year, two lawsuits were filed to block the program that relied on discriminatory, historically anti-Catholic, provisions in the state constitution. Now the program is on hold following an injunction issued this month by a Nevada district court […]

SCOTUS Agrees to Hear Missouri Blaine Amendment Case

A case challenging a Blaine Amendment in Missouri’s state constitution will go before the U.S. Supreme Court this year, the Court announced last week, to decide if the state can rely on the discriminatory, historically anti-Catholic, constitutional provision in its denial of a grant to a Christian preschool meant to aid in resurfacing the playground […]

School Choice Threatened by Anti-Catholic Blaine Amendments

In an interview last night on EWTN News Nightly, Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly called attention to the anti-Catholic Blaine Amendments found in many state constitutions that threaten religious freedom and school choice by blocking funds to families who want to send their children to religious schools. Reilly said it’s “extremely important” for supporters […]

Do Catholic Schools Need the Common Core?

The following considerations related to the Common Core were provided to Catholic bishops on November 13, 2013, in Baltimore, Maryland. The Cardinal Newman Society partnered with the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools and the Catholic Education Foundation to present a seminar on the Common Core during the annual meeting of the U.S. […]

A Mandate for Fidelity: Pope Benedict Urges Compliance with Theologian’s Mandatum

Introduction On May 5, 2012, in his address to several American bishops during their required ad limina visit to Rome, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI spoke on “religious education and the faith formation of the next generation of Catholics” in the United States.  He said: On the level of higher education, many of you have pointed to a growing […]

Assessing Catholic Identity: A Handbook for Catholic College and University Leaders

Contents: Assessing Catholic Identity Institutional IdentityMission Statement, Governing Documents & StatutesPolicies, Programs & CommitmentsRelationship with Diocesan BishopCooperation Leadership & AdministrationBoard of TrusteesAdministration and Non-Faculty Employees Faculty & AcademicsFacultyCurriculumTheologyResearch Students & Campus LifePastoral MinistryStudent Life Assessing Catholic Identity It is important that Catholic colleges and universities develop means of assessing their Catholic identity in conformity to […]