Apparently, a cardinal -- a Prince of the Church -- cannot recite Catholic doctrine at Georgetown without a hassle.
I've been out of school for a little while now, so I'd forgotten little gems like these:
The writer [of a post on a listserv] also praised "the amount of faculty and administrators that came to show their utmost support for the LGBTQ [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Questioning] community. The students at the meeting conveyed the message that the LGBTQ community does not feel affirmed by the administration as a whole and that we feel like the university has a long way to go before it can call itself a truly accepting place. The faculty and staff present seemed responsive to this and signaled their desire to start changing things."Oh, the stories I could tell.
The listserve said a letter from the dean's office will be sent out to recent graduates and their families "to affirm the place of LGBTQ people at the Georgetown table and address the hurt the cardinal's comments caused."
Questioning? Did I just include myself in that group by using the punctuation I'm about to use to end this interrogatory? What the hell? I gagged when they added
(I know, it refers to those two people who aren't sure about which team they play for. Irony, folks.)
Oh, and this is priceless:
The students at the meeting conveyed the message that the LGBTQ community does not feel affirmed by the administration as a whole and that we feel like the university has a long way to go before it can call itself a truly accepting place.Is Orwell still required reading anymore? Aside from the perversely simplistic and convoluted language, the point here could not be more wrong-headed: If there's anywhere in this world that this particular interest group can feel welcome, it's at a Jesuit school.
When my Neo-Templars sweep the Earth...
And of course the administration is sending out a letter, doubtless to apologize for Catholic doctrine actually being expressed on campus. Drinan's probably exploding with glee.
If the archbishop -- nay, the General of the Order -- had cojones, he'd clean the damned place up.
Hat tip: Ben Domenech, who rightly and succinctly says, "I love African Catholics. Like African Episcopalians, they actually believe in the theology they preach. Of course, Georgetown students find that fact surprising."