Religious colleges

An Expensive Expulsion

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When U. of the Cumberlands expelled a gay student, it set off a chain of events that may lead to its losing a $10 million appropriation.

Seminaries Under Stress

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Radical changes among Episcopal institutions point to pressures on traditional residential model -- which is being reevaluated and redefined as some search for new niches.

The Pope's Positive Message

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In advance of the pope's visit to the United States, many speculated on what he would have to say to Catholic college presidents, with some wondering (aloud, in the news media) whether he would issue a stern, doctrinal rebuke about maintaining Catholic character.

Reflections on a Papal Visit

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Pope Benedict stressed the complexities of Catholic college identity. At Loyola College in Maryland, educators and students think about his words and travels.

Too Catholic, Even for Many Monks

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At Saint Vincent College, a president with a White House pedigree raises hackles of students, professors and many Benedictine clergy with his orthodoxy and perceived interference.

Divorce: Grounds for Dismissal

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At Wheaton in Illinois, a professor resigns to avoid being fired under college policy on marriage.

What Would Jesus Do (in College)?

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Some Christian and Catholic colleges want to identify themselves as explicitly progressive, on their own terms -- and to make clear that the religious right in higher ed doesn't speak for them.

'Theology in Life'

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Benedictine University’s new “Theology of Love” class will cover areas of moral theology, yes (issues of sexual and social ethics), but also sacramental theology (marriage, for instance), and systematic theology (including Christology, or the study of Jesus). It’s one of four courses comprising a new “Theology in Life” certificate program – and a component of a new bachelor’s degree in theology, which is being billed as relevant to variety of career paths. And daily life.

Theologian Uninvited to Hold Chair

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U. of San Diego announced that Rosemary Ruether would be teaching about Catholicism there in 1-year position; then critics of her views mobilized.

U.S. Court Rejects 'Pervasively Sectarian' Test

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In a major victory for religious colleges, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Colorado may not distinguish between sectarian and "pervasively sectarian" colleges to deny state funds to students in the latter category. Such distinctions, the court ruled, amount to illegal state preferences for some religious groups over others.

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