Christians Win Twice

LA CROSSE TRIBUNE, April 14, 2007 — In a settlement announced April 12, the University of Wisconsin-Superior has agreed to reinstate an evangelical-Protestant group and award it student fees for activities. The university denied the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship recognition last year because the group’s leaders are required to profess their Christian faith. The university said the requirement violates the university’s non-discrimination policy. The fellowship filed suit, alleging the non-discrimination policy violated the group’s freedom of religion and association. The settlement follows a recent order by U.S. District Judge John Shabaz that the university must stop enforcing its non-discrimination policy against the UW-Madison Roman Catholic Foundation.

Tony Snow at CUA

CNN, April 13 — White House Press Secretary Tony Snow will deliver the commencement address at The Catholic University of America May 12. Snow was a commentator at Fox News until his appointment as press secretary in April 2006. He has been on leave from his White House post since learning in late March that his cancer had reoccurred. “I am sure that in recent days his faith has been both tested and strengthened,” said Vincentian Father David O’Connell, Catholic University’s president. “His acceptance of my invitation to CUA, as he continues to battle cancer, demonstrates that strength.”

Lemoyne to Africa

LEMOYNE COLLEGE, April 10 — Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, superior general of the Society of Jesus, has asked LeMoyne College’s president, Jesuit Father Charles Beirne, to help organize the first Jesuit university in Africa. Lemoyne announced April 10 that Father Beirne will step down as college president following next month’s commencement ceremonies to undertake his new duties.