Report Card: School Choice Moves Forward, Anti-Catholic Lecture at Georgetown
Georgetown lecturer criticizes Catholicism
Georgetown University recently hosted feminist writer and activist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to discuss the compatibility of religion and feminism.
As part of the Faith and Culture Lecture Series at the Jesuit university, Adichie maligned Catholicism as well as other religions. “Not just Catholicism, but the religions I am mostly familiar with, in the mainstream way they are practiced are not the most women-friendly institutions,” she said. “Feminism is just that simple idea that women are fully equal and there’s a sense in which religion has been used to justify oppressions based upon the idea that women are not fully equal human beings.”
Adichie, who said she was raised Catholic, told the audience, “I am very uncomfortable saying that I am Catholic. It’s almost a political identity to be Catholic, in America. It’s an identity that says you’re pro-life, conservative. In some ways I feel as though they often go together.”
Yes, we’re quite happy that Catholicism and believing that all human life is sacred go nicely together.
Trump budget includes billions for educational choice
Delivering on campaign promises, President Donald Trump’s first proposed budget includes $1.4 billion federal investment in school choice, including new funds earmarked for private school vouchers and charter schools, as well as directing more than $1 billion that would follow students to the school of their choice.
Georgetown, Loyola Marymount lift restrictions on single-sex restrooms
Following an initiative from several student groups pressing “gender ideology,” Georgetown University is opening several single-stall restrooms throughout the campus to both sexes, according to the student newspaper.
“This is the dream: By the end of the semester, every restroom that can be all-gender will be,” said one student, who is a member of GUPride. “It’s really given agency for the school to take steps to make our trans students feel like they have a home.”
Also, in response to protests on campus, Loyola Marymount University President Timothy Law Snyder ordered that eight individual-use bathrooms throughout the Jesuit campus be open to both genders.
“Rather than following the lead of Pope Francis and urging students to ‘accept the body God gave them,’ President Snyder has decided to institutionally support what the Pontiff calls ‘gender ideology,” reports RenewLMU, a group committed to enhancing the university’s Catholic identity. “For now, however, it remains the case that ‘The University is institutionally committed to Roman Catholicism’ when it comes to appealing to parents of prospective students, asking alumni for donations, and promoting LMU in PR campaigns.”
Trinity Washington president criticizes alumna Conway
The president of Trinity Washington University, Patricia McGuire, harshly criticized presidential advisor and alumna Kellyanne Conway, saying, “Presidential Counselor, Kellyanne Conway, Trinity Class of 1989, has played a large role in facilitating the manipulation of facts and encouraging grave injustice being perpetrated by the Trump Administration’s war on immigrants among many other issues.”
Some alumni took offense at the harsh words, including Sister Mary Corripio of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur—the founding religious order of Trinity Washington University—who posted online that she was “surprised and disappointed at how harsh” McGuire was on Conway. Conway is reportedly a faithful Catholic, and McGuire has honored other Trinity Washington graduates who are pro-abortion and support violations of religious freedom, such as Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Esolen: Catholic Church is multicultural
In yet another must-read piece by Providence College Professor Anthony Esolen in The Catholic Thing, the embattled academic says that despite many who malign the Church, he is “proud to say that I belong to the most multi-cultural institution in the history of the world, by far,” which is the Roman Catholic Church.
However, “I am ashamed to say that I belong to an institution strangely determined to destroy what remains in modern life that may properly be called cultural: I am a college professor.”
Esolen points out that in this age where “multiculturalism” is so prized, sadly most students are almost completely ignorant of the treasures of their own culture.
“The one institution remaining that can stand for the beauty and the goodness of culture is the Church; in her, the cultures of the world have half a chance,” he said. “That may help explain why the Academy is so hostile to the Church. Professionals don’t like to be bested by the ‘amateur.’”