Friday, March 25, 2011

Seventy-Five Percent

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cardinal Neuman Society News

Renewing Catholic Higher Education

March 16, 2011

It's here!

Our video Adoration U is ready and we need your help sharing it with college students all across the nation!

Adoration U gives you a glimpse into the problems college students everywhere struggle with: the hook-up culture, anger, shame, pornography, and isolation. The video presents Eucharistic Adoration as the means by which students can renew their lives and find help for their struggles.

Adoration U touches at the root of what it means to be a Catholic student in our modern age. And it is essential that young Catholics see this video!

Today, forward this email to the college students you know.

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News about the traditional Latin mass.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

New Film Holds Promise

It is dangerous to praise a film before one has seen it, but... There will Be Dragons is just perhaps a rare good film out of the Hollywood set. It is the story of Opus Dei founder Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer and much of the film is set in the troubled times of the Spanish Civil War. The true history of the Spanish Civil War rarely gets told these days as socialist thought dominates history books and only one side of the tale is told. It will be very interesting to see how the film's producer handles this theme.

Link to Preview: There Will Be Dragons

Priest Who Supported Abortion Rights in Congress to Be Honored by Boston College

The Boston College Law School is scheduled to hold an event honoring the late Fr. Robert Drinan, S.J., who supported abortion rights in Congress, on March 7.

The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) has written to the president of Boston College, Father William Leahy, S.J., urging him to cancel the event and to develop speaker policies which will prevent such scandals in the future.

[Update 2/18/11: It has come to the attention of The Cardinal Newman Society that in 1997, Fr. Drinan withdrew his statements supporting Clinton’s veto of partial-birth abortion. The Boston Globe reported on May 17, 1997, that Fr. Drinan said, “I withdraw those statements and any statement that could be understood to cast doubt on the church’s firm condemnation of abortion – a doctrine I totally support.” (2/22/11: Read this statement in its entirety at First Things.) Unfortunately, to our knowledge, Fr. Drinan never recanted or apologized for his many years of legislative support for legal abortion.]

The text of the CNS letter, sent today by mail and e-mail, is below.

Dear Father Leahy:

According to a report dated February 17 in The Boston College Chronicle, an official publication of the College, “the life and work of Robert Drinan, S.J. …will be celebrated at a BC law event next month.”

It is reported that on March 7, the Law School will host a panel discussion featuring Father Raymond Schroth, S.J.—who has publicly supported pro-abortion rights politicians—to promote his new book on Father Drinan. The event will also feature U.S. Congressman Barney Frank, whose opposition to Catholic moral teaching in his personal life and in public policy is well known. He is a strident defender of legal abortion and has voted in opposition to clear Church teachings on the sanctity of traditional marriage.

As you know, Father Drinan was notorious for his service as a congressman from Massachusetts. He voted against several measures to ban federal funding of abortions and, in 1996, his articles in the National Catholic Reporter and the New York Times supported President Bill Clinton’s veto of a common-sense ban on the barbaric procedure known as partial-birth abortion. Throughout his long career as a prominent priest, Father Drinan was scandalously reliable for his consistent and public support of abortion laws, in direct contradiction to clear Catholic teaching on the sanctity of human life.

Whatever Father Drinan’s contributions to Boston College over the years, and despite his perhaps laudable efforts on other human rights issues, his record on abortion should disqualify him from any honors by a Catholic institution. To celebrate his legacy is a public dishonor to the souls of the millions slaughtered in the name of “choice.” It would also seem to be a flagrant violation of the U.S. bishops’ 2004 ban on honors for those who are publicly opposed to Church teachings.

Father Leahy, on behalf of the members of The Cardinal Newman Society—including not a small number of BC alumni—and so many of the faithful working every day to end the scourge of abortion, I prayerfully urge you to cancel this event immediately and to develop policies for Boston College that ensure that future honors conform to both the bishops’ sensible 2004 honors policy and Ex corde Ecclesiae. Saint Ignatius of Loyola, ora pro nobis.


Patrick J. Reilly

The Cardinal Newman Society press release on this is here.

Cardinal Warns University Students of ‘Educational Emergency’

Cardinal Warns University Students of ‘Educational Emergency’

Part of our work at The Cardinal Newman Society is shining light on the ”educational emergency” repeatedly lamented by Pope Benedict XVI (see here, here and here). When the Holy Father came to the United States and spoke before a gathering of Catholic university presidents, he explained that the root cause of this contemporary “crisis of truth” is ultimately a “crisis of faith.”

ZENIT is now reporting that the president of the Italian Episcopal Conference, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa, “is warning against a wave of nihilism that destroys hope and possibilities, and is linked with the current crisis in education.”

During a presentation on “various problems related to the university education of young people,” the Cardinal

noted that the Holy Father speaks of an “educational emergency” in which “we run the risk of transforming ourselves as the ancient pagans: men without God, as the Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians of Ephesus.”…

The prelate noted that “the problem of the educational emergency is common throughout the West: Here the Church must actualize, concretize, and open for the future its great heritage.”…

“Not to be fully aware of what is at stake, and not to have reason confirmed and illumined by faith would signify a grave sin of omission towards God and towards man.”

Moreover, he added, “the known expression — culture of life and culture of death — is not a literary expression used by the magisterium for its thought-provoking force, but describes lucidly the reality we are living: It is about man’s future.”

“To assess or silence the question,” the cardinal affirmed, “not to take it in hand with determination and great commitment, would be to miss the appointment to which the Lord is calling us.”

Cardinal Bagnasco stressed that “the heart of the problem is that at the base of the reform of the Church is personal conversion, to which the Holy Father is constantly calling us.”

Read more of Cardinal Bagnasco’s remarks at ZENIT.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011