Reader: Another conservative Latino VP prospect, Oldest Catholic college drops “Catholic,” Who might miss OH ballot?

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Luis Fortuño Hey, I’m pretty depressed about Mitt and Newt leading the pack. So let’s talk about the #2 slot. A lot of conservatives say it would be great to have a conservative Latino as the GOP VP candidate. So Marco Rubio, right? Well, Bill McGurn of the Wall Street Journal notes there’s actually a... More

Why We Must Stop Liberal Catholics From Handing The Church Over To the State

I began writing about current Catholic news when I was still studying theology in graduate school. That means I approached the controversies of the day through an academic lens. One day in class I’d be looking at the Pelagian heresy and St. Augustine’s efforts to eradicate it, and later that day I’d be blogging about a controversy over a Catholic hospital performing sterilization... More

Outrageous: DC’s Human Rights Office Investigating CUA After Anti-Catholic Prof. Claims Muslim “Human Rights” Violated

You can’t make this up — a liberal anti-Catholic professor complaining that a Catholic educational institution features Catholic symbols of faith — and our government duly investigating the frivolous complaint: The Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights confirmed that it is investigating allegations that Catholic University violated the human rights of Muslim students by not... More

‘A Model for Catholic Colleges’

I blush to disclose that the Cardinal Newman Society, hot on the trail of Catholic identity at Catholic colleges in advance of November’s U.S. bishops meeting, is promoting my employer, Benedictine College, as a model in this regard. This morning, the D.C.-area organization sent a notice quoting Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., telling presidents of U.S. Catholic colleges and univers... More

Reclaiming Catholic Identity, England and Wales Bring Back Meatless Fridays

I’ve written before that I think a return to mandatory meatless Fridays is a great idea. The Catholic Church of England and Wales has officially returned to the practice: The practice of abstaining from eating meat on Fridays has returned to the Catholic Church in England and Wales after an absence of 27 years. … “Over the past 20 to 30 years we’ve perhaps lost touch with some of ... More

Update: Support Brooklyn School That Returned Donation from Assemblyman Who Voted For Same-Sex Marriage

UPDATE: So many of you are enthusiastic about the school’s decision that many have asked how they can contribute to the school financially. Look to the lower-left hand side of the parish’s homepage for a PayPal donation button. I’d suggest adding a memo such as “In Support of Your Catholic Mission!” === Last week Bishop Dimarzio of Brooklyn, NY –who has been ou... More

Making Campus Living More Catholic

Back when I went to the Catholic University of America, Conaty Hall was the all-women’s dorm — therefore known as “The Virgin Vault.” Now, it will be more like the campus. Going into his second year as president, CUA’s John Garvey is moving to make it a single-sex-dormed campus. He writes: I know it’s countercultural. More than 90% of college housing is now co-... More

Ten Reasons Health Care Is Next Big Catholic Identity Fight

Are Catholic hospitals like the religion-free "Sacred Heart Hospital" on “Scrubs”? The Catholic identity confusion in higher education led to Ex Corde Ecclesiae 
 which sowed the seeds of today’s (still early) springtime in Catholic colleges. Here are 10 reasons why, today, thinkers like these are so focused on health care as the next big Catholic identity battle. 10. Errant Cath... More

That Should Be Easy!

The Cardinal Newman Society and Students for Life, among others, are encouraging the Jesuit Seattle University to sever its ties with Planned Parenthood. On a Catholic campus, this should be a no-brainer, to say the least. Of course, when I went to the school’s website, the first thing I saw was a picture of legal abortion supporter, Washington senator Patty Murray. As we urge Congress to d... More

This Christmas, let’s reclaim the Rainbow

In America, we’ve become accustomed to the idea that the rainbow is a symbol for “gay pride.” In Europe and other places, however, the rainbow symbolizes peace. This Christmas, when we celebrate the peace that Christ brings to the world, let’s begin to take back the rainbow. Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse has already started: An activist fighting for traditional marriage in Cal... More

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