BY John Lilly
October 29-November 4, 2006 Issue | Posted 10/25/06 at 10:00 AM
NOTRE DAME OBSERVER, Oct. 11 —
In late September, university
president Father John Jenkins announced that the
To help achieve its goal, Notre Dame has created an office to identify Catholic scholars. Headed by Father Robert Sullivan, the office has assembled a database containing the names of Catholic academics who are potential candidates for faculty posts.
Jean Ann Linney, a Notre Dame vice-president and provost, told the Observer that the effort to recruit Catholics is a “re-articulation” of the university’s basic goals.
Said Linney, “Across the university there is attention now — but it’s not that it wasn’t there in the past — but more heightened [attention] perhaps, as to who we’re hiring and whether they are Catholic or not.”
Katrina and Villanova
TIMES-PICAYUNE, Oct. 15 — Villanova University alumni and students are helping Louisiana rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, according to the New Orleans daily.
A group of 26 alumni from around
the country worked for a week this month for the Habitat for Humanity affiliate
And after the alumni completed
their volunteer stint Oct. 7, they were replaced with a crew of Villanova students
— the third contingent of students to travel to
The Times-Picayune noted that Villanova leads the nation’s colleges in supporting Habitat for Humanity projects.
“This year, the university was recognized for having the most participants in the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge,” the newspaper reported. “Not only did Villanova top the list of 246 academic institutions, the university led the rest by at least 160 students.”
Court Backs Gannon
ASSOCIATED PRESS, Oct. 11 —
Last month, a three-judge panel of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals said that the “ministerial exception” that protects religious organizations barred the court from considering claims filed against the Catholic university by Lynette Petruska.
Petruska claims she was forced to resign in 2002 because she is a woman and because she helped expose allegations of a cover-up of an affair involving a priest.
After last month’s decision, Petruska asked for a rehearing of her case by all the 3rd Circuit Court’s judges.
On Oct. 10, the court announced that it had rejected Petruska’s application and was standing by the earlier decision upholding Gannon’s religious-freedom rights.
FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY OF STEUBENVILLE, Oct. 5 — The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars has awarded its Cardinal Wright Award to Franciscan University of Steubenville bioethics professor Patrick Lee.
The award is presented annually to a Catholic scholar who has rendered outstanding service to the Catholic Church by integrating faith into scholarship of the highest quality.
Lee was honored at the fellowship’s annual
convention last month in
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