Parodist visits Georgetown, falls on sword

By Diogenes ( articles ) | Feb 08, 2008

Last October, the president of America's oldest Catholic university revealed that he was wondering:

What are the resources that the Catholic moral tradition brings to the core work of providing an educational environment in which every individual can flourish? Which ways of working towards this goal are most appropriate and authentic to our Catholic and Jesuit identity, and which are not?

These soul-searching questions, you'll be happy to know, were raised at an Open Meeting on LGBTQ Student Resources. And in case you are not the beneficiary of an education in the updated Jesuit tradition, "LGBTQ" stands for "Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered Queer."

Now Georgetown's President John J. DeGioia, together with Provost James J. O’Donnell, have written to the university community "with an update on our LGBTQ Initiative." Their missive makes for challenging reader-- especially for anyone who thinks that parody is an easy business.

Suffice it to say that the university's LGBTQ Resource Coordinator is developing a plan for moving forward-- which is always the best way to move, assuming that you're headed in the right direction.

If your pursuit of alternate lifestyles on the Georgetown campus causes any unpleasant friction, you should make use of the Bias Reporting System at the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access. And don't forget that the Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity is there to serve you.

I am not making this up. I couldn't.

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