REPORT CARD: Newman Guide Colleges Prominent at March for Life; Marquette Professor Says God is Not Nice; Betsy DeVos Proclaims Common Core is Dead
Newman Guide colleges have massive showing at March for Life
Faithful Catholic schools and colleges give witness to the dignity of human life all year long—and Jan. 19 was no exception. Students, faculty, and staff from colleges recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College and schools on The Cardinal Newman Society’s Catholic Education Honor Roll were leaders once again at this year’s March for Life in Washington, D.C. They were among the hundreds of thousands at the 45th annual March, which marked the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
Students from these institutions told the Newman Society how their faithful education inspires them to value the dignity of all life. These students make great sacrifices—from long bus rides to braving cold temperatures to sleeping on the floors of church halls (or buses)—to make a stand for and to protest an end to abortion.
Read more about the Newman Guide colleges’ participation in the March.
Georgetown advisor wishes evil upon on female conservative
An advisory board member for Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service program was forced to resign his position after tweeting that he wished conservative commentator Allie Stuckey would be the victim of a sexual assault.
“Wishing you a #metoo moment. Maybe then you won’t be so insensitive,” Jeff Bernstein wrote in a tweet which he later deleted. Stuckey had written that “The #metoo moment is a symptom of a broken world.”
The Washington Examiner reported that Joel Hellman, Georgetown University’s dean of the Walsh School of Foreign Service, called Bernstein’s comments “deeply inconsistent with our values and mission.”
Georgetown rightly accepted Bernstein’s resignation.
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress invites shocking speakers
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ annual Religious Education Congress will once again host a series of problematic speakers on important issues such as sexuality and gender, according to LifeSiteNews.com.
The March 15-18 event will feature a total of nine talks on “LGBT ministry.” Speakers include Fr. James Martin, whom many regard as confusing Catholic teaching on LGBT issues; Dr. Arthur Fitzmaurice, whom LifeSite describes as a “LGBT activist who says that the Catechism of the Catholic Church is ‘evil’ because of its language regarding homosexuals;” and Fr. Bryan Massingale, a supporter of the heterodox New Ways Ministry, who will give a talk entitled, “Transgender in Our Schools: One Bread, One Body.”
Activist Yunuen Trujillo, who has reportedly claimed that homosexuals having a “partner” and being chaste are “equally holy,” is also scheduled to speak.
Also troubling is that scheduled talks on “life” and “family” issues make no mention of abortion, birth control, or euthanasia.
Father Matthew Lamb, influential U.S. theologian, dies at 80
Father Matthew Lamb, the Cardinal Maida Chair of Theology at Ave Maria University, died last week in the company of two graduate students, who were keeping a prayer vigil at his bedside, according to CNA/EWTN. He was 80 years old.
Officials at Ave Maria said that in recent days, Fr. Lamb received the sacraments and spoke openly about his desire to meet Jesus. Fr. Lamb was a great friend of The Cardinal Newman Society and Catholic education.
‘God is not nice,’ Marquette professor claims in new book
Professor Ulrich Lehner, who teaches religious history and theology at Marquette University, has published a new book provocatively titled, God Is Not Nice: Rejecting Pop Culture Theology and Discovering the God Worth Living For.
Lehner told The Catholic Herald that he’s noticed a “lethargy when it came to everything relating to faith” among his students. He believes that’s at least partly because of their conception of a “nice God,” which he called part of a “constant temptation to tame the divine.” On top of that, he said that for many students, “logic or reason is considered oppressive” and feelings are of paramount importance.
Lehner believes young people today must be taught that faith and reason are connected. “Parents must expose their children to the idea that faith and reason are not enemies,” he said. “My college students have never heard that!”
He said today’s students believe “they can earn heaven by doing things—instead of being transformed by Christ.”
Bravo, Professor Lehner!
Education Secretary DeVos: Common Core is dead
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the death of Common Core, at least when it comes to the Department of Education, according to the education blog at the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
In a talk titled, “Bush-Obama School Reform: Lessons Learned,” Devos criticized the federal government’s top-heavy plans to improve education during the Bush and Obama presidencies. “Federally mandated assessments. Federal money. Federal standards,” she said. “All originated in Washington, and none solved the problem. Too many of America’s students are still unprepared.”
She added, “The bottom line is simple: federal education reform efforts have not worked as hoped.”
Despite nearly every state adopting Common Core standards and applying for hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds, DeVos said the country’s performance has not improved in reading and science, and actually dropped in math from 2012 to 2015.
“I agree—and have always agreed—with President Trump on this: Common Core is a disaster. And at the U.S. Department of Education, Common Core is dead.”
Let’s pray this sparks a nationwide reassessment of Common Core, especially in Catholic schools.
Catholic school principal resigns after hate-filled video
The principal of Bishop Hendrick high school in Rhode Island quickly retired last week after a video surfaced of him making racial and anti-Semitic slurs.
The disturbing six-second clip obtained by a local NBC affiliate showed Principal Jay Brennan sitting behind a desk in an office at the school saying, “That way, I can take care of all the (n***ers) and the (k**es).”
The school’s president, John Jackson released a statement saying that while the short video clip offered no context, it was clearly “inappropriate.”
Bishop Thomas Tobin issued a statement saying that the incident seemed “completely out of character for a good man who has the reputation of being a fine Christian gentleman and an exemplary Catholic educator.”
But the bishop made clear that “racism is a sin, a grave sin, and expressions of racism will simply not be tolerated by any employee of the Diocese of Providence, its agencies or institutions. On behalf of the Diocese of Providence, I sincerely apologize to any group or individuals who have been offended—and rightly so—by the language which appears on the video.”