DC’s Newspaper: Georgetown Is Secularized

By Jon|May 14, 2012|Compromise/Dissent/Heresy, Education, Faith and Reason, Higher Education, News Commentary|

The front cover editorial of the Catholic Standard, DC's Catholic newspaper, had the following to say about Georgetown's invitation to the architect of the HHS mandate which has been condemned by every bishop in the United States:

Late last Friday, Georgetown University announced that U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is the featured speaker for an awards ceremony at the University’s Public Policy Institute. This news is a disappointment but not a surprise.

As is well known, Secretary Sebelius is the architect of the “HHS mandate”, now federal law, which requires all employers — including religious institutions — to provide health insurance coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraceptives for its employees and redefines religious ministry to exclude Catholic social services, hospitals and universities if they serve or employ non-Catholics. Given her position, it is disappointing that she would be the person that Georgetown University would choose to honor.

Founded in 1789 by John Carroll, a Jesuit priest, Georgetown University has, historically speaking, religious roots. So, too, do Harvard, Princeton and Brown. Over time, though, as has happened with these Ivy League institutions, Georgetown has undergone a secularization, due in no small part to the fact that much of its leadership and faculty find their inspiration in sources other than the Gospel and Catholic teaching. Many are quite clear that they reflect the values of the secular culture of our age. Thus the selection of Secretary Sebelius for special recognition, while disappointing, is not surprising.
Not only has the newspaper spoken, but Monsignor Charles Pope writes in a blog post that Bishop Barry Knestout, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Washington, has forwarded the editorial to priests of the Archdiocese, asking them to “share it in any way we deem appropriate with the people of the Archdiocese.”
Monsignor Pope coments on the editorial:
The editorial, while not using canonical language, in effect sets forth the view that Georgetown has largely become a secular University, along the line of Harvard, Yale et al. It goes even further, stating that the primary source of inspiration at Georgetown is not the Gospel or Catholic teaching, but instead, is other unnamed sources.
To be clear, there are surely some very fine teachers and students on campus. I know at least several who are striving to maintain some semblance of Catholic identity there. It remains true that Mass is still offered on campus, but that is true of Secular universities as well.
So, what is Catholic about Georgetown? Very little, it would seem by the editorial’s assessment. This assessment, I know, many of you will share, in the wake of one discouragement after another emanating from the campus of Georgetown. [It appears he shares the view as well. How can you not?]

Well that's interesting that this fact has been recognized by a bishop. So what is step two? As I said at an earlier time, if a Wendy's claimed it was loyal to the food chain and started selling McDonalds instead…how long would it take for Wendy's to disown them…or get new manage.

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