Higher ed in the headlines.
BY John Lilly
November 26-December 2, 2006 Issue | Posted 11/22/06 at 11:00 AM
CARDINAL NEWMAN SOCIETY, Nov. 13 — Leaders of Catholic educational institutions and other Catholic organizations have endorsed a statement calling on Catholic colleges and universities to conform with Church teachings on sexuality.
The statement is titled
“Addressing Same-Sex Attraction and the Virtue of Chastity on Catholic
Campuses.” It was distributed to participants at last month’s Catholic
Leadership Conference in
The 55 signers include presidents
and trustees of
“Many Catholic colleges have been tarnished by sex-related scandal in recent years, including homosexual activism, rampant sexual activity among students, and recent revelations of sexual abuse of students in Washington State,” said Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society. “It is urgent that educators support the Church’s call to chastity, not only because these are Catholic institutions, but because unhealthy behavior puts students at risk physically, emotionally and spiritually.”
Christian Student Wins
THE KANSAS CITY STAR, Nov. 11 —
Emily Brooker, a May 2006 graduate, alleged that professor Frank Kauffman violated her freedoms of speech and religion by demanding that students sign a letter supporting homosexuals who want to be foster parents. Brooker refused to sign the letter because it contradicted her Christian beliefs.
According to the lawsuit, the
After the university investigated Brooker’s allegations, she was awarded $9,000 and granted
the right to attend
Following the investigation, Kauffman voluntarily gave up his post as director of the master of social work program and was reassigned to non-classroom duties.
Inspired by Ave Maria
Four professors founded a new
school called Solidarity in September in
Right now, the school has only 32 students and is not yet accredited. But the school’s founders plan to develop the school into an accredited four-year college with more than 1,000 students, modeled on the departing Ave Maria.
“We are picking up where Ave Maria left off,” Thomas Grace, Solidarity’s chairman, told the Patriot. “Our draw is similar to Ave Maria, attracting high-school graduates from all over. There are no Catholic colleges in this area, and there is definitely a need for one.”
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