Another Georgetown Letter? Argh…

This has the feel of the scene in “The Hunt for Red October” when the Soviet ambassador says “another” submarine is lost.

“You have lost another submarine, Yuri?” the incredulous national security advisor replies.

Well, Georgetown University, my beloved alma mater, needs another letter.

Three weeks ago, 90 faculty and staff signed an attack on Paul Ryan in the guise of a mini-lecture on Catholic Social Thought.  I replied at: http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2012/04/replying-to-the-georgetown-letter-v-paul-ryan.html .

Now, it turns out, Georgetown has invited HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius to be honored at one of its graduation events.  Indeed, the same Secretary Sebelius whose department authored the “We know what you may – and may not – believe” Obamacare regulations that are at the center of the constitutional crisis over religious liberty.

Sounds like a pattern, right?  Susan Fluke, the law student who declared Georgetown should pay for her birth control, also received a ‘greatest student ever to pay tuition award’ — but that’s yet another story.

Today’s story is Secretary Sebelius.  It is a very sad one.  Below is a possible response, a letter i and more than 10,000 others have signed.  It follows a Catholic vector.  If you are outraged, but not Catholic, and this text does not suit you, i will be looking for a suitable vessel for you to register your concern.  Thanks much, c

Catholics for Unity

Open Letter to Georgetown University

May 7, 2012

Edward Montgomery, Dean
Georgetown Public Policy Institute
3700 O St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20057

John J. DeGioia, President,
Georgetown University
3700 O St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20057

Dear President DeGioia and Dean Montgomery,

We the undersigned, write with utmost distress concerning the decision to select Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to address graduates at the commencement ceremonies of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute on May 18.

We can only assume that the selection of Secretary Sebelius was done with full knowledge of the present conflict between our Church and the current Administration over the recent preventative services mandate. As you surely know, this unresolved conflict raises issues of fundamental concern for our Church, bishops, and all religious institutions who hope to protect the time-honored freedom to define, teach, and act upon the moral and religious tenets of their faith.

The unity of our Church, together with our Bishops, in calling for a responsible resolution to this conflict is irreparably harmed when prominent institutions such as yours honor officials or persons whose record and public statements demonstrate a hostility and clear opposition to the freedoms sought by our Bishops. More worrisome is your decision to grant such an honor to a person who just last year told a pro-abortion audience “We are in a war,” referring to groups (including, presumably Catholic bishops) who oppose the mandate forcing employers to provide free birth control, sterilization, and some abortion-inducing drugs.

The U.S. bishops’ 2004 instruction titled “Catholics in Political Life” emphatically states: “The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.”

The letter continues at:  http://www.catholicsforunity.com/

 

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