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.