Is Georgetown Begging the Church to Revoke Its Catholic Status? You would think so by their recent actions, and we're only a few months into 2012.
First, THE University itself, not a student club, invited now infamous graduate student and supporter of the anti-Catholic contraception mandate Sandra Fluke to speak on school grounds - without an opposing viewpoint providing the Catholic position.
This sure sends a really great message to the student body that the whole Catholic moral teaching thing---yeah, that’s not so important.
Now, we learn that President Obama’s Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who is implementing the contraception mandate that deteriorates the religious freedom of Catholics, has been invited to give a commencement address at the supposedly Catholic university. Why would a school bestow an honor to one of its greatest antagonists?
It appears Georgetown is not terribly concerned with its Catholic identity, and thus does not find Secretary Sebelius and her actions particularly antagonizing. It is clear, however, that by honoring Sebelius, Georgetown is implicitly sending a message to its community that it endorses her, her deterioration of religious freedom, and her publicly pro-choice stance.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) said as much in 2004 when they wrote “Catholics in Political Life”:
“The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.”
Georgetown has violated this guideline time after time, after time. Are they asking to have their Catholic status revoked?
Even if they haven’t submitted a formal request – yet – it’s time for the Catholic Church to treat their actions as if they have. We are better off without Georgetown, because we are better off standing for something rather than for nothing.
Editor’s Add-On: Georgetown also covered up the name of Jesus behind Barack Obama when the president spoke at the school’s Gaston Hall.
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