Georgetown, Notre Dame... Pseudo-Catholic Universities

April 21, 2009

Georgetown, Notre Dame... Pseudo-Catholic Universities

By Hugh McNichol

April 21, 2009 - Last month Notre Dame University announced it was awarding an honorary degree to President Obama. Last week, Obama visited another Catholic university, Georgetown, and insisted on covering Catholic images considered politically incorrect. This week, Georgetown University intends to honor the Vice-President with an award that commemorates the 15th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act. This is simply yet another example of a pseudo-Catholic institution, bestowing an honor a politician that supports an moral evil in opposition to Church teaching.

The Vice-President's position on the abortion is already well known. His support of abortion is clearly at odds with the teachings of the Catholic Church, and yet he continues to the Eucharist in defiance of Catholic moral and ethical teachings.

Adding further insult to the injury, Georgetown University is recognizing his preeminence in the area of advocacy against violence against women. It clearly seems that the biggest contradiction in the campaign of violence against women is the pro-choice Vice President, by supporting the ultimate violence against a woman and her unborn child...abortion!

Catholic educational facilities such as Georgetown and Notre Dame have not only alienated themselves from authentic Catholic educational norms and principles, they have abrogated the right to be called, “Catholic”as part of their titles. The presentation of the Legal Momentum Heroes Award to Vice President Biden provides another failed opportunity for a Catholic University to proclaim and profess its adherence to the Magisterium, instead it has chosen to promote a secular culture of death and disregard for the sanctity of all human life.

Faithful Catholics should make their disapproval known to all of the supposed "Catholic" educational facilities that promote activities and lifestyles contrary to authentic Catholic principles. Georgetown University should especially make note of the secular path it has chosen to follow, while diminishing the Catholic Gospel message in its educational applications. Catholic educational institutions have the responsibility to either remain Catholic in their curriculum or stop pretending fidelity to Catholic teachings once and for all.

Vice-President Biden’s acceptance of any award from a Catholic University is a clear illustration of the deepening political entanglements that continue to compromise Catholic educational facilities in the United States. American Catholics need to demand a stop to this trend of secular assimilation by our educational facilities before they are indeed, Catholic in name only!

Hugh J.McNichol is a Catholic author and journalist that writes on uniquely Catholic topics and issues. He attended Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, where he studied both philosophy and theology. He writes frequently at & . Hugh writes about his Irish Catholic upbringing and educational experiences at . He has contributed works to Catholic News Agency, Catholic Online, The Irish Catholic, Dublin, the British Broadcasting Company, London and the Philadelphia Bulletin,, Blogger News Network & The Catholic Business Journal.
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