May 18th, 2012
09:38 AM ET
2 years ago

In culture war skirmishes, Georgetown becomes political football

Washington (CNN) – In the latest round of culture wars over contraception and religious liberty, most Americans would probably identify places like the White House and Congress as key battlefields. But another nearby locale has emerged as a national platform for such skirmishes: the stately campus of Georgetown University, the country's oldest Roman Catholic college.

On Friday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, a Catholic, will speak at a relatively low-profile graduation ceremony for one of Georgetown's individual schools, an appearance that has attracted criticism from the Catholic archdiocese of Washington.

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  1. Sniffit

    No one expects the American Inquisition.

    May 18, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. Governor 47th in Job Growth

    As a proud alum of The Hilltop, I can assure the GOP and the archdiocese that the current students and the majority of alums are far more forward thinking than they would like. That campus is a losing battle for regressives....

    May 18, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The Catholic church is not understanding the idea that a university or hospital isn't a house of worship. How often would you go to a Catholic church for x-ray or would go to a university for a usual church worship service? The primary functions of the university is to educate people while the hospital is there to heal the sick. They may have values that guide what is done in those places, but it isn't a house of worship. People will always pray at a university (help on a test) or at a hospital (hope he pulls through the surgery), but it isn't what they are designed for primarily.

    May 18, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. judy

    seperation of church and state. You can not dictate who gets to talk and who dosen't Especially if you take any federal money. The church needs to deal with the pedophiles and problems within.

    May 18, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. ozzie

    Don't be so afraid of dialogue, Church. Dialogue is a better approach to truth than the cover-up that you cultivate so well. God is the Word. Let the shared Word enlighten us. Why are you so afraid of conversation?

    May 18, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    It's been said before but it needs to be said again, and agaiin, and again.

    It is disturbing arrogant how self described Christian conservatives do not want any government intrusion into their lives, but yet are overly aggressive and eager to intrude into everyone else's life. Worst of all, the hypocrites do not even care one ounce about the weak, the sick, the elderly, the poor. They have nothing but scorn for them.

    May 18, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "yet are overly aggressive and eager to intrude into everyone else's life."

    It's what they mean when they say "personal responsibility". They see it as their responsibility to dictate how you live your personal life.

    May 18, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. The REAL Truth...

    According to the GOP more personal responsibility is what's needed in this country – as long its done the GOP way! Perhaps they should take a little of their own advice.
    What is it that these neocon's fail to understand? MOST Catholics USE BC, which violates their doctrine.. that's because they don't need unwanted births. The law does not state that RCC be REQUIRED to use BC, but provide it in their EMPLOYEES health plan offerings. If you EMPLOY people – which the RCC does in universities, hospitals and day care centers around the country – you are required to abide by Federal rules that make BC and other services be provided to those that want them. This has nothing to do with the state telling the RCC how to run their religion or mandate that the flock us BC or have abortions!! If you don't want to implement the Federally mandated guidelines.. don't EMPLOY people !!
    These rules apply to ALL employers, not just those that are run by various religions.

    May 18, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. gerald

    I can't believe the stupidity of you people. It is a Catholic school. There is legitimately some sort of Catholic idenity that goes along with that. Next thing you know people like you idiots are going to say that anyone with a government job can't go to church on sunday and they can't pray at any catholic school that gets any money from the government. The Catholic Church should have some say over what goes on at Catholic Schools. Duh!

    May 21, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |