From this week's Hoya . . .
I was raised a Catholic. My father is an ordained deacon. I was an altar server for my entire youth. I have never set foot in a public school on a weekday . . . I know Catholic teaching inside and out.
If Georgetown dropped [it's] Catholic identity tomorrow, I would not be upset. I would be very OK if Georgetown were not Catholic.
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You are correct on one thing: Georgetown does go against the Catholic Church in its acceptance of the queer community. In the ideal that we should respect each other, Georgetown embodies Catholicism better than the Vatican itself.
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I will probably never return to religion. The scars that were caused by such teachings will never heal.
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The Catholic Church nearly killed me. Georgetown’s refusal to go along with all of its teachings saved me.
The above op-ed was published in response to this post of ours comparing the University's extensive support for LGBTQ History month to its absolute silence regarding Respect for Life month. The piece has received more views than any on our website and has been the subject of discussion and controversy over on our Facebook page.
Yesterday we posted our initial response. We'll have a more extensive piece next week.