During the past week there has been much in the national and local news regarding the controversial selection of the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, to be a featured speaker at an awards ceremony at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute. Yesterday, the President of the University, John J. DeGioia, issued a public statement in response to the concerns, objections and even outrage that have been expressed.
The Archdiocese of Washington reserved public comment to permit Georgetown University and its sponsor, the Society of Jesus, the opportunity to address the controversy. While the explanation of how this unfortunate decision was made is appreciated, it does not address the real issue for concern – the selection of a featured speaker whose actions as a public official present the most direct challenge to religious liberty in recent history and the apparent lack of unity with and disregard for the bishops and so many others across the nation who are committed to the defense of freedom of religion.
Contrary to what is indicated in the Georgetown University President’s statement, the fundamental issue with the HHS mandate is not about contraception. As the United States Bishops have repeatedly pointed out, the issue is religious freedom. Secretary Sebelius’ mandate defines religious ministry so narrowly that our Catholic schools and universities, hospitals and social service ministries do not qualify as “religious enough” to be exempt. This redefinition of religion penalizes Catholic organizations because they welcome and serve all people regardless of their faith. Ironically, because of Georgetown’s commitment to open its doors to Catholic and non-Catholic students alike, the university fails to qualify as a religious institution under the HHS mandate.
Given the dramatic impact this mandate will have on Georgetown and all Catholic institutions, it is understandable that Catholics across the country would find shocking the choice of Secretary Sebelius, the architect of the mandate, to receive such special recognition at a Catholic university. It is also understandable that Catholics would view this as a challenge to the bishops.
It is especially distressing to think that the university’s Public Policy Institute would be unaware of this national debate since the mandate was published last August. Such a radical redefining of ministry should prompt Georgetown, as a Catholic and Jesuit university, to do more to challenge the mandate and speak up for freedom of religion.
This is the statement released by the Archdiocese of Washington’s “Office of Media and Public Relations”. This is the usual method the Archdiocese employs when commenting on matters embracing the political sphere. Though in this case I think it would be much more effective that Cardinal Wuerl had issued the statement himself. Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison, Wis. had spoken up about this. Though no doubt even a statement from him would fall on the purposely deaf ears of the administration of Georgetown University.
The selection of Secretary Sebelius was intended as an eye-poke to the U.S. Bishops and they knew the response it would engender. I just wish Cardinal Wuerl would take a rubber hammer to the President of Georgetown University.
(Via Cardinal Newman Society), (Statement)
(((I just wish Cardinal Wuerl would take a rubber hammer to the President of Georgetown University.)))
Jeff! Forgive me but “I” just couldn’t help but think that maybe they believe that “The Father” The SON” and “The Holy Spirit” are no better than “The Three Stooges” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Stooges
This post of yours also reminded me of when I use to play Age of Empire and “I” would send scots to check “IT” out before “I” made my perfect moves. http://www.cheatbook.de/wfiles/ageofempiresriseofromemp.htm
Your point is?
Well I think that they have an angel of death cell as one of their scout here and some of these angel cells do indirectly agree that “IT” is ok to kill unborn children that God Loves. These little angel fetus cell children are also god in their own rights. The angels of death are so jealous of God that they’ve convinced, free thinking human flesh with free will that they don’t really exist and to believe that they do, you would be concidered crazy nowadays. Besides which human is going to mess around with powerful gods, I ask ya?
I hear ya salvage! Which god is that Victor cause their are so many of you gods? 🙂
That’s it? No punishment? No action?
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Unless, of course, you are a faithful Catholic priest like Fr. Guarnizo.
Disgraceful and demoralizing.
We need the SSPX.
Something in this statement – “The Archdiocese of Washington reserved public comment to permit Georgetown University and its sponsor, the Society of Jesus, the opportunity to address the controversy.” – seems eerily familiar
Haven’t we heard this before?
The Archdiocese of Washington reserved public comment to permit Fr. Guarnizo the opportunity to address the controversy.
No, on second thought I guess it was just my imagination.
It seems as if the anti-confrontational Cardinal is only against confronting those he agrees with?
Expecting a sycophant like Donald Cardinal Wuerl to take a stand and by doing so alienate his powerful friends, donors and supporters, would be like asking Abe Foxman to have a ham sandwich.
Interestingly, Wuerl hides behind this anonymous “communique”, just as he hid behind the skirts of Bishop Kensthout when he pounced down hard on Father Guarnizo (for doing his correct priestly duty, no less).
His Eminence has, however, made one thing quite clear: he will go to the mat for unrepentant homosexuals. He has sent these creatures a clear signal.
But when it comes to protesting the growing despotism coming from Washington he will offer only mild, token criticism. He is a disgrace to the red hat he wears.
>growing despotism coming from Washington
Making medical insurance companies pay for drugs is “despotism”? Are you sure you know what that word means?