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CUA President John Garvey Provides Critical Support


JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND

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Nat. Cath. Register
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Date:
2/28/2012

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ABSTRACTCUA President John Garvey Provides Critical Support in HHS Mandate Fight | Daily News | NCRegister.com Print Edition:  April 8, 2012   Donate Archives Blogs Store Resources Advertise Jobs Radio Subscribe Make This My Homepage Resources Christmas Music Arts & Entertainment Books Commentary Culture of Life Education In Person News Opinion Sunday Guides Travel Vatican Dan Burke Edward Pentin Mark Shea Matthew Warner Jimmy Akin Matt & Pat Archbold Simcha Fisher Tito Edwards Jennifer Fulwiler Steven D. Greydanus Tim Drake Tom Wehner Our Latest Show About the Show About the Register Donate Subscribe Stations Schedule Other EWTN Shows Advertising Overview Editorial Calendar Order Web Ad Order Print Ad Print Article | Email Article | Write To Us Daily News Daily News CUA President John Garvey Provides Critical Support in HHS Mandate Fight (3998) As the USCCB mounts its offensive against the controversial federal rule, the constitutional scholar takes a public role. Share by JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND 02/28/2012 Comments (10) John Garvey – The Catholic University of America WASHINGTON — These are challenging times for a Catholic university president with expertise in constitutional law and a penchant for standing his ground. In the wake of his 2010 appointment as president of The Catholic University of America, John Garvey made headlines — and even provoked a lawsuit — when he called for a return to single-sex dorms on the Washington campus. Now Garvey is making waves as he takes an increasingly public role in the fight to repeal President Obama’s contraception mandate. While the U.S. bishops spearhead an escalating national campaign to rescind a new federal law requiring virtually all private employers to provide contraception — including abortion-inducing drugs — in their health-care coverage, the effort has received a ready assist from the soft-spoken Garvey. He has employed both his high-profile position and intellectual firepower as a constitutional scholar to bolster and inform the bishops’ public stance. “He brings many strengths, including his own legal knowledge, experience, personal wisdom and goodness. He also has great credibility in the academy,” said Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, who invited Garvey to join the committee as a consultant. “His work on this issue offers a wonderful example to the young people being formed at the university. He is bringing his professional ability and love of country to bear on this issue,” added Bishop Lori, who previously served as the chairman of the board of CUA.. Indeed, Garvey’s increasingly assertive role in the public debate is of a piece with his steady efforts, over his first year at CUA, to strengthen the university’s Catholic identity and provide a stronger philosophical framework for the transmission of knowledge and skills to the next generation of American students, Catholics and non-Catholics alike. A father of five children, he already has first-hand experience with the strengths and weaknesses of mainstream college culture. “The Catholic University of America is a university, a community of scholars united in a common effort to find goodness, truth and beauty,” stated Garvey in a January 2011 address, “Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University,” which probed the role of Christian virtue in the intellectual life. “Not only did Garvey follow a much-admired president who greatly strengthened CUA’s Catholic identity [current Trenton, N.J., Bishop David O’Connell], but there were serious concerns about his past association with Boston College. I think he was aware that he needed to convince a lot of people, including the Cardinal Newman Society, that he wasn’t going to reverse course at CUA,” observed Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, an organization that seeks to strengthen the religious mission of Catholic institutions of higher education. “To the contrary, President Garvey has exceeded nearly everyone’s expectations. We regard him today as one of the most admirable and influential leaders in Catholic higher education because of his courageous rejection of co-ed dorms, his leadership in the fight for religious liberty, and his efforts to continue to strengthen CUA’s Catholic identity.” “Moreover, I simply like him,” Reilly added. “He is the sort of intelligent, balanced and generous Catholic gentleman that Blessed John Henry Newman wanted college students to admire. He is a delight to work with.” Garvey has articulated his opposition to the mandate in published commentary and in testimony on Capitol Hill. Opponents of the mandate argue that the regulation violates the Free Exercise Clause, Establishment.......