March 25, 2017

September 1, 2016

Catholic in Name Only?

What happens when salt loses its saltiness?

The Jesuit-run Georgetown University has become the first Catholic college to hire a Hindu priest as chaplain, with Brahmachari Vrajvihari Sharan leading his first worship service for students on Sunday.

The scandal-ridden university has come under constant fire in recent years for allegedly betraying its Catholic charter, and this latest hiring move will surely add more grist to the mill of those who would like to see Georgetown lose its title as “Catholic.”

Last April, Georgetown hosted Planned Parenthood chief Cecile Richards, who had been invited to speak about reproductive rights to some 400 students at the Lohrfink Auditorium. Richards was greeted with a standing ovation.

Michael Khan, President of Georgetown Right to Life, told the Daily Caller that he was disappointed, but not terribly surprised, that his university had granted a platform to someone so opposed to Christian values.

“We’re probably the most liberal Catholic university in the nation,” Khan said. “Many of our students and faculty aren’t Catholic and are very hostile to Catholic doctrine.”

You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.  Matthew 5:13

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The role of “chaplain” has, in many institutions and organizations, been de-christianized to the point where these people should be called “spiritual support staff”. Our military “chaplains” have been neutered as well. Georgetown is following the path of secular society and definitely not deserving of the title of “Catholic” university.

[1] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 9-1-2016 at 08:14 AM · [top]

Oh dear! I don’t know if I should tell my poor husband this. He attended a Jesuit high school in New York, and loved it, and respected the Jesuits. He’s suffered some awful blows these days, with more and more hideous stories emerging about Jesuit institutions. It’s ironic that they were founded to be defenders of the Faith.

[2] Posted by Nellie on 9-1-2016 at 10:29 AM · [top]

There was a time when I wondered, somewhat seriously, why the Jesuit order didn’t move en masse to the Anglican Communion.  As outlandish as that thought might have been,  it seemed like an honest move to me.

I also note that they are granting deliberate preference to the descendants of slaves.

[3] Posted by Nikolaus on 9-1-2016 at 06:22 PM · [top]

Since there is now a significant Hindu student population on campus, it seems a bit hard that they should be denied what Muslims and Jews at Georgetown already enjoy. Georgetown’s embrace of prevailing cultural mores includes much worthy of condemnation, but I’m not convinced that this is the hill on which one would want to die.

[4] Posted by Jeremy Bonner on 9-3-2016 at 02:50 AM · [top]

Serious Catholics have dismissed Georgetown for years.

[5] Posted by Words Matter on 9-3-2016 at 10:21 AM · [top]

I got my doctorate from Marquette university. It has become another PC Jesuit School. I stopped donating about 10 years ago.

[6] Posted by Fr. Dale on 9-3-2016 at 09:16 PM · [top]

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