Group Launches New Campaign to Keep Catholic Colleges True to Pro-Life View
by Steven Ertelt
March 15, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The Cardinal Newman Society has spent years working to hold Catholic colleges and universities to the pro-life teachings of the Catholic Church.
Tomorrow, the organization will launch an expanded effort to bring together and support college leaders and bishops who are dedicated to the renewal of Catholic identity at Catholic colleges and universities.
The newly-renamed Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education also has a new leader, Dr. David House.
He is a 12-year veteran president of Saint Josephs College in Maine and a former official at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Southern California and Bellarmine University.
House is supported by several distinguished fellows and advisors, including top pr-life Vatican official Archbishop Raymond Burke, a former U.S. Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, the leader of the cause for John Henry Cardinal Newmans canonization, and several distinguished officials and faculty of Catholic colleges and universities.
For 17 years, The Cardinal Newman Society has primarily served Catholic families seeking faithful Catholic education, but college leaders and bishops also need support, Patrick Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society, told LifeNews.com today. With Dr. House and the expanded Center, we have an exciting opportunity to usher in an era of genuine renewal by providing much-needed policy analysis, research and opportunities for collaboration.
Previously named the Center for the Study of Catholic Higher Education, the former research division of The Cardinal Newman Society is now a full-scale effort to share and study best practices at Catholic colleges and universities.
The goal is to help like-minded college leaders collaborate and build upon the strengths of their own institutions.
CNS has long exposed scandals on Catholic campuses that involved promoting abortion.
Those have involved having pro-abortion commencement speakers or faculty, promoting abortion in student internship programs or course study, and funding abortions in health insurance plans for students or employees.
To facilitate discussion about issues pertaining to Catholic identity, The Center has launched a blog titled Renovo, from the Latin meaning to renew or restore. The blog publishes daily posts by more than a dozen leading experts from Catholic academia.
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