Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Can Georgetown University Conduct A Daily Examen?

A new study coming out of Georgetown University reports that many in the younger generation known as “millenials” are abandoning orthodoxy at an alarming rate. 
The study focusing on 18-to-24-year-old Americans finds many rejecting religious doctrine, according to a joint survey from Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace& World Affairs and the Public Religion Research Institute. According to the survey, around one quarter of respondents said they don’t identify with any religion. That’s more than twice the 11 percent raised in households without any particular faith, which means that many students are losing their faith during their college years. The Catholic Church is among the hardest hit by young people losing their religion, according to the study’s executive summary
This should not come as a surprise to anyone who follows the work of The Cardinal Newman Society. One of the reasons not discussed in the survey for so many young Catholics falling away from orthodoxy is that even many Catholic colleges and universities essentially encourage them to do so with the selection of dissent-spewing professors, by granting official status to groups with public positions at odds with Church teaching, and even with the selection of commencement speakers. The study indicates that Catholic students might have fallen away without attending these colleges, but a faithful Catholic education should nurture faith and bring students closer to God. 
This study out of Georgetown highlights the dire need for faithful Catholic colleges like those in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, which pride themselves on their adherence to the faith and treasure the privilege of passing that faith on to coming generations. 
In effect, the findings of this study from Georgetown may be partly attributable to institutions like…well, Georgetown.
Link (here) to the Cardinal Newman Society


Maria said...

Georgetown:the portal to Hell.

Anonymous said...

Oh Maria--do you really believe that?! Have you been on the campus? Taken a theology class? Dropped by Mass? Campus ministry?

Maria said...

I do believe this.

mcasey said...

While there is a quirky fad these days for a certain type of extreme orthodoxy- the type enjoyed by the Newman Society, among others- there are many ways to believe that precede this fad, and Georgetown has an obligation to transcend fads and educate students fully.
Georgetown would be derelict in their duty to zoom in on one fashionable type of belief while neglected all the others throughout history. To think that the Newman Society represents all Catholics is like saying the Taliban represents all Muslims. Georgetown, while giving this type of belief some coverage, should cover the whole scope of Catholic theology, and other theologies as well.

Maria said...

Fidelity to the teachings of the Churhc--so "extreme" LOL. It has been fashionable for well nigh 2000 years, but who's counting?

Maria said...


Kathleen Sebelius to Speak at Georgetown Commencement Ceremony
In what can only be interpreted as a direct challenge to America’s Catholic bishops, Georgetown University has announced that “pro-choice” Catholic Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and lead architect of the Obama administration’s assault on religious freedom through the HHS contraception mandate, has been invited to speak at one of Georgetown’s several commencement ceremonies.

**********The Cardinal Newman Society has posted a petition to protest this outrage here:


It has also alerted Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl and sent a letter to Georgetown President John DeGioia urging him to immediately withdraw the invitation.

Maria said...

Petition to Georgetown President DeGioia

Dear President DeGioia:

It has come to the attention of The Cardinal Newman Society and the following signers that U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been granted the honor of speaking at the commencement ceremony for Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute on Friday, May 18.We strongly urge you to withdraw the invitation to Secretary Sebelius immediately.

It is scandalous and outrageous that America's oldest Catholic and Jesuit university has elected to provide this prestigious platform to a publicly "pro-choice" Catholic who is most responsible for the Obama administration's effort to restrict the Constitution's first freedom -- the right to free exercise of religion -- while threatening the survival of many Catholic and other religious colleges and universities, schools, charities, hospitals and other apostolates.

Georgetown insults all Americans by this honor. The selection is especially insulting to faithful Catholics and their bishops, who are engaged in the fight for religious liberty and against abortion. The contrast is stark between Georgetown University and those faithful Catholic colleges and universities that have stood for faith and freedom.


Patrick J. Reilly