The Cardinal Newman Society

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The Cardinal Newman Society "Renewing Catholic Higher Education" is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization to help renew and strengthen Catholic identity in Catholic higher education. Its mission is to assist and support education that is faithful to the teaching and tradition of the Catholic Church. Named for John Henry Cardinal Newman, he was a great defender of the principle that the academic nature of a university is strengthened by a strong Catholic foundation and adherence to the teachings of the Church. Pope John Paul II's 1990 Apostolic Constitution on Catholic higher education, Ex corde Ecclesiae, guides all efforts of The Cardinal Newman Society. The Society was formed in 1993 and their current President is Patrick J. Reilly.

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Today's Catholic university or college certainly can be authentically Catholic. However, the Catholic identity of many Catholic institutions of higher education in the United States has become increasingly clouded and the essential elements of Catholic education have been discarded for the sake of a mistaken notion of academic freedom. Many Catholic colleges and universities have pursued a secular model as the university ideal to a point where their own Catholic identity and mission within the Church is no longer clear.

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