• 'Drown the bunnies' president out at Mount St. Mary's

    'Drown the bunnies' president out at Mount St. Mary's

    • Mar 1, 2016

    The president of a Catholic university who invoked an image of drowning bunnies when talking about struggling students is out of a job. The board of trustees at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland released a statement late Monday announcing that Simon Newman has resigned from his job effective immediately.

  • Mount St. Mary’s and the future of Catholic higher education

    Mount St. Mary’s and the future of Catholic higher education

    • Feb 25, 2016

    The controversy at Mount St. Mary’s, a Catholic university in Emmitsburg, Maryland, made headlines for weeks: A brutally blunt new president, his plan to boost retention numbers by getting rid of poor-performing students early, the firing of professors who disagreed with him, and a faculty vote of no-confidence in his

  • Francis pioneers a merciful way to oppose abortion, gay marriage

    Francis pioneers a merciful way to oppose abortion, gay marriage

    • Jan 23, 2016

    Soon after Pope Francis was elected, there was speculation that he might lead a retreat by the Catholic Church in the wars of culture. This was a pope, after all, who said he didn’t need to talk much about abortion, gay marriage, and so on, because people already “know perfectly