It’s obvious why. Besides, Georgetown has been a Catholic university in name only for quite a few years now, and it should hardly be considered “according to the Catholic tradition,” at this point. So, outrage, Yes. Surprise, not really.
What many people don’t realize is that Georgetown is arguably not even a Jesuit school any more, because ever since 2001 the university’s president has been a lay man (John DeGioia), not a Jesuit.
It is certainly not a good thing that G-Town invited Sebelius to speak at their commencement, especially given the climate between the Catholic Church in the United States and the and the administration in Washington, to which Sebelius belongs. Moreover, it is hard to see their behavior as anything but an insult, given Sebelius’s part in orchestrating the HHS Mandate, that sparked the current tensions between the government and the Church. However, it is a good thing Catholics should be disappointed, to say the least, over Georgetown University’s pitiful decision to invite the HHS Secretary to speak at this moment. I personally do not think this state of affairs does anything to help Katherine Sebelius or the Obama administration right now; it only fules the fire (regarding the outrage, I ought to add, it comes better late than never… see video).
Please, be sure to sign the Cardinal Newman Society’s petition to have Georgetown University rescind their invitation to Sebelius. Thank you!
Originally posted on Campus Notes:
Princeton University Professor Robert George is taken aback by Georgetown University’s invitation to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. But he writes at The Mirror of Justice blog that he understands exactly why they did it.
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The left-liberals who run the show at Georgetown have found a way to signal to the world that the nation’s oldest Catholic, and most famous Jesuit, university stands with the Obama administration in its war (to use, if I recall correctly, Kathleen Sebelius’s own word) against the Catholic bishops and others who oppose the HHS mandate as a violation of religious freedom and the rights of conscience (you know, the enemies of women’s “reproductive health”). By honoring Secretary Sebelius, they can help to undermine the bishops’ credibility and blunt the force of their witness as leaders of the Catholic church. I get it. It’s a bold and clever move. Although I find its substance appalling, I can’t help but admire its shrewdness.