Georgetown U ignores bishops’ directive, gives platform to HRC’s anti-Catholic Pres

The Cardinal Newman Society brought this to my attention first:

This afternoon, Jesuit, Catholic Georgetown University is hosting a lecture by Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), according to the University events page.

The event with HRC is dubbed “Beyond DADT Repeal: The Future of the LGBTQ Rights Movement.” The page describes the HRC as ”America’s largest lesbian & gay advocacy organization.”

… By hosting the president of the Human Rights Campaign, Georgetown University is in direct violation of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ mandate.

I am writing this post as this event takes place.

Joe Solmonese has got one thing right: if you want to win, dismantle the opposition. The Catholic Church’s teaching stands squarely in the way of Joe’s goals, and Georgetown University has now made itself complicit in his efforts to sow confusion and dissent among Catholic ranks.

A quick Google search of Joe’s previous statements shows what I mean:

  • Joe wrote to supporters in 2005 “It’s easy to be angry when the Vatican instructs Catholic Seminaries to look for ‘evidence of homosexuality’ in seminarians and priests.”
  • Joe accused the Catholic Church of “pursu[ing] a campaign of deceit and misinformation in support of Prop 8″ in California. They “knew they were telling lies … and they lied anyway”, he wrote about Catholic leaders.
  • Joe has blamed the Church for the suicides of young gay people, “Words have consequences [...] particularly when they come from a faith leader. This is exactly the kind of statement that can lead some kids to bully and others to commit suicide.”
  • Joe’s Human Rights Campaign website claims the Catholic Church “is taking a more aggressively anti-gay stance” and criticizes Church teaching continuously.
  • The HRC-sponsored website “NOM Exposed” says that the National Organization for Marriage (full disclosure – I work there) is a shadowy front group of the Catholic Church and Opus Dei, which it describes as a “a highly secretive Catholic organization” which hides its membership.

In other words, Joe not only dissents from the Church’s teaching, he actively works to undermine that teaching at every turn while demonizing Catholics, particularly Catholic bishops and those brave enough to take a stand on marriage and sexuality.

And now, thanks to Georgetown University, he gets to do that from a Catholic platform.



24 thoughts on “Georgetown U ignores bishops’ directive, gives platform to HRC’s anti-Catholic Pres

  1. Linus says:

    Of all the CINOs, Georgetown is the most secularized institution. This should come to no surprise to anyone. You can smooth the jagged edges of this pill slightly if you stop perceiving Georgetown as a Catholic Institution–it is NOT. It does not educate tomorrow’s Catholic leaders…Now if Thomas Aquinas College did this, then act shocked.

  2. Jason says:

    What is the bishop prepared to do now? Nothing? Write an editorial about it for the diocesan newspaper? These guys have sat on their hands for fifty years now while the Church in the USA has crumbled. The time for them to draw the sword is long overdue. Some of the bishops get it, but not enough. The jesuits need to be dealt with as well. But that’s a job for Rome. What are they going to do?

  3. John says:

    Umm, Georgetown didn’t violate anything, this event was organized by an independent student group. The Jesuits and the Georgetown administration played absolutely zero part in the coordination of this event, the only thing they granted was free speech.

    1. KCHawk says:


      Even with that being the case, the administration and Jesuits of a Catholic university still have an obligation to ensure that the events organized and held on campus need to be in communion with Church teaching. That still allows plenty of room for debate on many issues, while also protecting the Catholic identity of the institution.

      If this happened a few miles away at George Mason or American University it would not warrant mention on this site.



    2. Bruce says:

      The only time this person and this group should be allowed to speak at a Catholic university is during an event where Catholics can offer an opposing argument to theirs. In this case, this was not done, so the “free speech” of Catholics was violated. If you’re going to talk “free speech”, then you have to allow equal time for the opposing viewpoint, especially when that viewpoint is allegedly held by the institution allowing the “event” to occur. Otherwise, it is simply propaganda, which is what this was.

  4. Rich says:

    Does this site accept views that are in opposition to your own?

    1. Tom Crowe says:

      Certainly, but nothing offensive or ridiculous. And, of course, spam is deleted.

  5. Rich says:

    Definition of catholic…including a wide variety of things; all embracing. What has happened to our church? Bigotry…hate…these are the demons of our past. Would we have the Inquisitions brought back? In every way this church runs counter to justice, equality and the love of one’s fellow man. This is the message of the old church. Check out Catholics for Equality and our web-site. You want to see the face of Jesus? You’ll see it there.

    1. Bruce says:

      LOL. Straw men, hyperbole, and complete and utter ignorance of Christ, Christianity, and the Church. You have no idea who Jesus is, which is dreadfully apparent. You have no concept of Church history nor the Church itself, which is clear based upon what you have written above. Where did you get this stuff,? Was it scrawled on a bathroom stall door? Do you even know Church teaching on marriage, sex, love, life, and….well, ANYTHING? Or do you just make it up as you go? Whatever tickles your groin must be good, right? Tell ya what: Read the Catechism. It is a good place to start. Just be sure you actually read it, though. Encounter Jesus in the Bible, at Confession (oh yeah, its required), Mass (yes, you actually have to go!), and be faithful to the vows of your Baptism. What’s that? You don’t want to do that? Well then…ignorance is no longer a defense, for you have been told what it takes to gain eternal life. Its up to you now. And guess what? Lying to sinners (sodomites in this case) and telling them that their destructive lifestyle choices are okay is a sure way to ruin their lives and send both you and them straight to hell. Love and truth go hand in hand, and you cannot have one without the other. THAT is the face of Jesus. GO AND SIN NO MORE. It is a challenge and I fail at it time and time again. But I always keep coming back. Do you even try, or do you really believe that whatever makes your loins ache with pleasure has to be right? LOL, you guys are hilarious.

      1. Brian C says:


        Please see Tom’s post to this same comment, which does a much better job of responding to Rich’s comment without the condescention and sarcasm. If there is hope to bring people like Rich back into full communion with the Church, we need to respond with truth and compassion like Tom, not truth and sarcasm like you.

        1. Francis says:

          Well said, Brian C.

          1. Bruce says:

            That’s rich, coming from you Franny, who changes his story with each and every post, creates massive straw man arguments, and makes hyperbolic statements at the drop of a hat. REALLY rich, Fran. But keep on insultin’, it doesn’t work and it only makes your argument appear weaker than it is.

          2. Mrs.T says:

            Actually, it is really better if we all try to communicate with one another respectfully, rather than using sarcasm and nasty tones. That way, people can make their points. You don’t have to agree with everyone, and everyone does not have to agree with you. But if we speak to one another with a tone of respect, then we are all more likely to be able to have an impact on others. As it is, when speech degenerates into such negative and insulting rhetoric, little is accomplished, and the very people you are trying to “convert” are only further alienated.

    2. Tom Crowe says:

      Rich, actually, “catholic” comes from the Greek word for “universal.” So while it can include “a wide variety of things; all embracing,” it doesn’t mean, “whatever we want to include because we want it.” What do you mean by “bigotry”? I hope you don’t mean that if a person is truly convinced that what they are doing is right but it is in fact wrong, and someone else tries to help him see that what he is doing is wrong, then that second person is a bigot. Because that is what the Church does with sinners of all types: thieves, liars, adulterers, abusers, addicts, etc. Now, some individuals in the Church are better at it than others, but the grace of the Sacraments, the teachings and the pastoral intention of the Church is to imitate Christ (indeed, to perpetuate His life on earth) in calling all people out of their darkness, shine the light of truth into them, and help them grow closer to God. The Church is not “old” or “new,” it is eternally one and young. As Saint Augustine pined, “Late have I loved Thee, O beauty ever ancient, ever new; late have I loved Thee!” I submit that while you feel the Church is not what you believe it should be, the place to look is actually within yourself and find out where you left Christ and His beautiful bride, the Church, and not the other way around. I believe if you are open and prayerful in your search you will find something that will heal your wounds and help you become whole in the incredible love of God.

  6. DavidKCMO says:


    That is a wonderful idea. But don’t stop at removing catholic from the universities title, remove any and all courses that have anything to do with a desert magic sky fairy.

    Thank you, Bruce, for your help on ushering in the progressive future if human civilization without the emotionally immature impediment of belief in things that don’t exist.

    1. Bruce says:

      Ah! A cute little atheist! Looks like the Georgetown crowd is out in full force tonight. Always a funny crowd with their little delusions and hatred of all things true and good. I love the nod to “progressive future”, as if one has forgotten the fruits of progressive plans such as world wars, holocausts, abortion, and chaos and violence beyond all contention. Tell ya what, Davie, you can keep “progressive” atheism, with its goose-stepping, human extermination, and total lack of truth. I’ll even cut you a deal and let you have back for free.

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