The Inquisition

By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 29, 2006

Georgetown University has booted a group of Evangelical Protestant ministers off campus.

Because they refused to accept the authority of the Pope? Guess again.

On the First Things blog, Jody Bottum tells the full story, and even provides a neat summary:

The problem, of course, finally boils down to this: The evangelical groups represent only a few hundred students, but they are strongly pro-life and opposed to homosexual marriage. The mainline Protestant employees of Campus Ministry find such things embarrassing, and so they kick the evangelicals off campus, employing the power of the officially Catholic chaplain’s office and the rhetoric of the school’s Catholic identity.

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  • Posted by: dad2dlj - Aug. 29, 2006 7:24 PM ET USA

    My wife and I attended Georgetown Law School in the early/mid 80s and sadly can report that the only indicia of any connection to Christianity in that GU outpost was the evangelical Protestant prayer group (which we attended since it was the only game in town). Nice old fellow that Professor, uh Father, Drinan was, he added no Catholic flavor to that secular citadel. Happily there were a couple of old parishes within walking distance of the law school where we could go and feel Catholic.

  • Posted by: Fatimabeliever - Aug. 29, 2006 5:36 PM ET USA

    The school's Catholic identity?? Someone should boot these mainline Protestant employees off the campus along with the official from the Catholic Chaplain's office. Someone really needs to answer for these errors as to what the Catholic Church teaches.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 29, 2006 4:27 PM ET USA

    Bring back the Prots and boot the Jebbies!

  • Posted by: - Aug. 29, 2006 4:11 PM ET USA

    "Georgetown needs to get Fr. Joe Fessio S.J." Are you kidding me? "Popetown" University booed and hissed Cardinal Arinze nonstop when he was there for being so crass as to preach on traditional Catholic morals. Try St Michael the Archangel and a drying up of their endowment fund, obtained under the false pretense of being Catholic. If Catholic students avoid Georgetown (after James Schall, SJ retires of course), changes will happen.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 29, 2006 3:02 PM ET USA

    Evangelical groups were booted off campus, not "Evangelical Protestant ministers." My son was a member of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at his Catholic college. It was an ecumenical Christian group of students who met to pray and performed community service. No proselytizing. The organization's leaders on that campus were Catholics.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 29, 2006 2:49 PM ET USA

    Georgetown needs to get Fr. Joe Fessio S.J. to come there from Ave Maria to show the " wanna be protestant" jebbies what a Catholic university should be teaching.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 29, 2006 2:36 PM ET USA

    Hey, Diogenes, don't bad-mouth the Inquisition!

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - Aug. 29, 2006 2:15 PM ET USA

    frjimc, makes a good point. It's enough to make Bellermino and Canisius turn over in their graves. It use to be that protestants had the authenticity and coherence to leave the Church. Now they stay and become college professors and administrators. I pray that good Pope Benedict sends visitors to observe the General Congregation that that the Jesuits are going to have and bring with them a short list of orthodox Jesuits from which they are to choose their new general.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 29, 2006 11:40 AM ET USA

    You all miss the point: The Georgetown Jesuits (and all the other lefty orders of men and women) ARE today's "mainline protestants." They've spent the last forty-five years trying to become more like the "progressive" protestant churches (e.g. Congregationalists, Episcopalians, Lutherans), and now they identify more with them than with us. The share a common cause in protesting against the Church's moral authority. Is there anyone who didn't see this coming?

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - Aug. 29, 2006 9:48 AM ET USA

    That is typical of Georgetown. It is out of control. It is no longer the domesticated animal that worked at the service of the Church. It has become an untamed beast. It is time that the Society of Jesus and the Archdiocese of Washington either release it back into the wild where deconstructionism and naturalism reign or put it out of its misery.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 29, 2006 9:30 AM ET USA

    Press release: "These Evangelical Protestant ministers have shown themselves to be men of dogmatic principle and inflexible disposition. There is no place at Georgetown University for people like that."

  • Posted by: - Aug. 29, 2006 9:25 AM ET USA

    "...the school's Catholic identity." Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Sorry.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 29, 2006 9:09 AM ET USA

    Why are there evangelical Protestant ministers on a Catholic campus in the first place? Why does Campus Ministry employ mainline Protestants?