Here's One Way to Curb Sexual Assault at Colleges

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Built in 1887 as a dormitory for women, Baylor University's Burleson Hall now houses the administrative offices of the College of Arts and Sciences. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Baylor University has come under fire recently, joining a long list of colleges that have been accused of failing to respond aggressively to student complaints of sexual assault.

Kenneth Starr was recently removed as president, and he subsequently resigned as chancellor, following reports that several Baylor football players and students were perpetrators of sexual assault. Whether or not each allegation against Baylor is justified, it looks especially embarrassing for a Christian university that teaches virtue, as Baylor has done steadfastly for 171 years.

Christian colleges — especially the Catholic universities that we monitor at The Cardinal Newman Society — and all colleges should be...READ MORE

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Should a Catholic School Have a Transgender Teacher?

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Last month Mercy High School in San Francisco informed parents that a female English teacher who’s been there for four years will continue to teach there—only now she will be considered a man.

According to Daniel Guernsey, Director of K-12 Programs at the Cardinal Newman Society, the Mercy Sisters offered counselors “to help the students of the all-girls school accept the biologically female teacher’s new gender identity as a man.” Writing for Crisis Magazine, Guernsey reports that the Sisters’ explained their decision in a letter to parents: “We strive to witness to mercy when we honor the dignity of each person in a welcoming culture that pursues integrity of word and deed.”

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Mom of Baby with Down Syndrome Pens Letter to Doc Who Pushed Abortion

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A mother of a daughter with Down Syndrome penned a letter to her doctor who urged her to abort, according to Good Morning America. It's a wonderful life and love affirming letter.

Courtney Baker, whose daughter, Emersyn Faith, is now one year old, wrote the letter to her doctor who urged her to abort after he diagnosed the child with Down Syndrome. According to Courtney, the doctor didn't just suggest an abortion. He pushed.

“Every action, from opening and closing the mailbox to raising the red flag, was closure for me,” Baker said to GMA. “I have no idea how the doctor might have reacted to my letter, but I do have faith that God can work any miracle and he can change any heart.”


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The Curse of Distance in This Vale of Tears

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Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890), “The Burial of Christ”

I got an early-morning heart-piercing email recently. It announced that my long and dear friend Derek had lost his wife the night before due to a bout of pneumonia that had drastically worsened in a matter of hours. He was away on business in San Francisco. His wife Heather was home with their two teenage boys in Surrey, British Columbia. She had suddenly gotten very sick and the boys took her to the emergency room. Derek got the news from the boys and changed his ticket to return home as quickly as he could.

While waiting for his flight at the airport, the doctor telephoned Derek informing him that his wife was gone.

Your boys call and tell you their mom has become ill. The next call you...READ MORE

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ACLU Leader Quits After Daughters Encounter Men in the Women’s Restroom and More Great Links!

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Click on ACLU Leader Quits After Daughters Encounter Men in the Women’s Restroom by Donald R. McClarey, J.D., of The American Catholic link to read more.

ACLU Leader Quits After Daughters Encounter Men in the Women’s Restroom - Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic

Catholic Teen Girls Cancel Disney World Trip To See Pope Francis Instead – epicPew

Catholic Spirituality: Scripture and Tradition – David Torkington, Catholic Stand

Jennifer Fulwiler Interview On Homeschooling Apostolate, Kolbe Academy – Stacy A. Trasancos Ph.D., Science in the Light of Faith

Virtues A Father’s Guide to Growth – Steven R. McEvoy, Maccabee Society

A Traditional Society of Priests That Practices True Mercy – Michael Tamara, Crisis Magazine

Ever Wonder What Happens to Neglected Children in a Secular Culture – Jim Bryant, Regina Magazine

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After International Pressure, Norway Returns Children to Bodnariu Family

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Last November a Romanian Christian family living in Norway were accused of spanking their children, resulting in the seizure of their five children by Norwegian Child Protective Services. Some sources close to the family claim the drastic measure was motivated by anti-Christian sentiment and a belief that they were “indoctrinating” their children.

After more than six months of separation, authorities are returning the children back to their parents later this month. The official statement from the Bodnariu family states:

“The Naustdal Municipality of Norway has come to terms with Marius & Ruth Bodnariu for the return home of all of their five (5) children.

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6 Ways the Catholic Church is More Like a VHS Than a DVD

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I recently shared a meme on Facebook. The meme laughingly named the reasons that old VHS tapes of yesterday are better than DVDs of today. It was hilarious and though I said it had absolutely nothing to do with Catholicism, in the back of my head it did seem to ring of some hidden truth analogous to the truth found in the Catholic Church. Let me share the reasons the Church is a lot like the VHS tape, and not the DVD.


VHS: Haven’t used it in years? Will remember when you left off.
DVD: Haven’t used it in years? Will likely not work.

Imagine that you have been away from the Church in a while. Some of you might actually be away from the Church now! The scariest thing is going back,...READ MORE

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Mrs. Tittlemouse's Intruders and Our Bad Habits

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An illustration from Beatrix Potter's 1910 book, “The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse” (via Wikimedia Commons)

My love for Beatrix Potter has been ever expanding since I have had children, and as each child grows I delight rereading the little books out loud. There is something so beautiful and timeless in the stories Potter tells of the personified animals. And while I really enjoyed this essay on Squirrel Nutkin, my life lately has been much like that of Mrs. Tittlemouse in The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse.

“Mrs. Tittlemouse was a most terribly tidy particular little mouse, always sweeping and dusting the soft sandy floors.

Sometimes a beetle lost its way in the passages.

‘Shuh! shuh! little dirty feet!’ said Mrs. Tittlemouse, clattering her dustpan.“(p. 12)

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