Ave Maria University Applauds Decision for Supreme Court to Hear Obamacare Challenge
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The following is a statement from Ave Maria University President Jim Towey:
“Great news today from the U.S. Supreme Court: The Obamacare regulations which Ave Maria University has fought in Federal Court since 2012 because they violate religious freedom will be decided by the nine justices sometime in June 2014.
People can disagree about the morality of contraception, and the government can fund these services to whatever extent it wishes, but faith-based organizations, whether non-profit or private, should not be compelled to violate conscience to carry out such a mandate. The Obama administration could have expanded access to contraception through any number of methods – using its vast array of community health center and state public health clinics, but instead it chose the most offensive way possible: it chose to force faith-based groups to be the foot soldiers in their armies of contraception. Now our nation’s highest court will look at the First Amendment case law and the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act and decide whether such efforts by Secretary Sebelius and her zealots at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services were lawful or not.
I am confident that our cause has been a just one – and I predict a near-unanimous decision in our favor. We’re proud to have led the fight on this and we’ll pray that our lawyers at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty prevail.”
Ave Maria University, which led the fight against the Obamacare regulations, has again filed suit against the federal government, renewing the University’s efforts to fight the Obama administration’s contraception mandate. In March, the U.S. District Court granted the motion by defendants (Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, et al) to dismiss AMU’s lawsuit. At that time, the dismissal was made because the regulations were not in final form. But since the regulations were finalized, AMU again filed suit. The AMU lawsuit remains in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida.
C.S. Lewis, Catholic Gateway Drug
Friday, November 22, 2013
Michael Dauphinais, Dean of the Faculty and Associate Professor of Theology at AMU contributed in a recent Aleteia article on C.S. Lewis. November 22, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis, whose writings have been incredibly effective for helping others do what he never did: join the Catholic Church.
Read the full article here.
International Scholar Lectures on Theology of Creation
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
What did major twentieth-century theologians have to say about the theology of creation? This semester the Patrick F. Taylor Graduate Programs in Theology at Ave Maria University are hosting a series of lectures by an international scholar who is an expert on this subject.
Fr. Santiago Sanz Sánchez, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, will give a series of four lectures on “Major Themes in Contemporary Creation Theology.” These lectures will take place on each Tuesday in November, at 7:00 p.m. in the William C. Demetree Auditorium.
Born in Talavera de la Reina, Spain, in 1972, Fr. Sanz was ordained to the priesthood in 2000 and incardinated into the Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from University of Navarre and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. He is the author of five scholarly monographs and a dozen scholarly articles.
Fr. Sanz, who is making is making a mini-sabbatical here in Ave Maria, looks forward to discussing theology with our graduate students and faculty. The topics of his lectures are as follows:
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7:00 p.m.: “Creation and Covenant”
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7:00 p.m.: “Creation in Christ”
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7:00 p.m.: “Trinity and Creation”
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 7:00 p.m.: “Ratzinger and the Doctrine of Creation”
AMU Featured in PBS Piece on Catholic College Identity
Saturday, October 26, 2013
What does it mean for a school to be Catholic? “This is a university that’s founded on biblical truth, on scripture, and on the sacramental richness of the Catholic Church,” says Ave Maria University President Jim Towey. But according to Rev. Kevin O’Brien, vice president for ministry and mission at Georgetown University, “What we did 50 years ago to promote our identity does not suffice today because the world is different and our students and faculty are different.”
Click here to see President Jim Towey and AMU students explain their view of a Catholic university.
Ave Maria University to Host Annual FOCUS Training Next Spring
Friday, October 25, 2013
Ave Maria University is proud to announce that the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) will hold its annual training on campus next summer.
The FOCUS training, which draws 500 young missionaries to the AMU campus, will be held from May 27 through July 6, 2014. About 40 of the young men and women may choose to remain on campus for a silent retreat that runs through July 13. AMU first partnered with FOCUS for their annual training earlier this summer.
Naples Daily News editorial praises AMU Mother Teresa Project
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
The Naples Daily News praised Ave Maria University's Mother Teresa Project in their October 15th editorial. Follow the link below to view the article.
NDN editorial, Oct. 15.
Ave Maria University to Become Home of Mother Teresa Project, Museum
Thursday, October 10, 2013
"Ave Maria University Reduces Tuition to Ease Burden on Families"
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Catholic News Agency, one of the fastest growing Catholic news providers to the English speaking world, released an article on AMU's recent tuition reduction announcement. Please follow the link below to access the article.
Ave Maria University reduces tuition to ease burden on families
President Towey a Panelist in Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Discussion in Dallas
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Ave Maria University President Jim Towey will be one of the panelists in a discussion Thursday in Dallas about the importance of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and its implications for church-state relations.
The Southern Methodist University Center for Presidential History will present a conversation with every director of that office. President Towey worked in the George W. Bush administration. Other speakers include other former directors John DiIulio, Joshua DuBois, Jay Hein and Melissa Rogers.
The event will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in McCord Auditorium of Dallas Hall on the SMU Campus.
In 2001, President George W. Bush established the Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives. He tasked it with helping the federal government coordinate a national effort to equip and expand the work of faith-based and community organizations to better meet the social needs of America's communities. This office, now known as the Office of Faith based and Neighborhood Partnerships, has continued under the executive leadership of President Obama. This symposium will explore the importance of this Office as part of the 21st century presidency and its implications for church-state relations.
President Towey Talks Obamacare Lawsuit, Pope Francis and More with Drew Steele
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
President Jim Towey was featured on the Daybreak with Drew Steele Podcast on Sept. 24. President Towey spoke about the recent Obamacare Lawsuit, Pope Francis, and Ave Maria University's Tuition Reduction Plan for 2014-15. Follow the link below to listen to the Podcast.
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