The Sad Demise of a Once-Catholic University

At Georgetown, the oldest Catholic and Jesuit institution of higher learning in the U.S., the official teachings of the church against homosexuality have been set aside. Wednesday is the occasion for a“Lavender Graduation” event, described as “a special ceremony for LGBTQ and Ally undergraduate and graduate students,” in order to “acknowledge their achievements, contributions, and unique experiences at Georgetown University.”

Before this eyebrow-raising event was set to occur, Georgetown University hosted Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, which is responsible for 40 percent of all reported abortions committed in the United States. The student newspaper reported that Richards spoke “by invitation” from the student-sponsored Lecture Fund, which is funded by the university, and that she spoke about “reproductive justice” and “women’s reproductive rights.”

Meanwhile, messages written in chalk and appearing on campus in support of conservative causes are now being investigated and disciplinary action against those responsible could be taken.

The “Lavender Graduation” event, sponsored by the campus LGBTQ Resource Center, seems to run directly contrary to Catholic and Christian teaching on homosexuality. In the New Testament, St. Paul taught that homosexual acts are degrading and unnatural. The Catholic Catechism declares, “Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.’ They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.”

Regarding abortion, the Catholic Catechism declares, “Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person—among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.”

In regard to the appearance of Planned Parenthood President Richards, a statement of the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. said in part:

“What we lament and find sadly lacking in this choice by the student group is any reflection of what should be an environment of morality, ethics and human decency that one expects on a campus that asserts its Jesuit and Catholic history and identity.

“The apparent unawareness of those pushing the violence of abortion and the denigration of human dignity that there are other human values and issues being challenged in the world lends credence to the perception of the ‘ivory tower’ life of some on campus. This unfortunately does not speak well for the future. One would hope to see this generation of Georgetown graduates have a far less self-absorbed attitude when facing neighbors and those in need, especially the most vulnerable among us.”

However, there is no indication that Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington, D.C., will do anything to strip Georgetown of its Catholic affiliation.

The Cardinal Newman Society, whose mission is to promote and defend faithful Catholic education, declared that Georgetown University officials should “take full responsibility for the scandalous, immoral and anti-Catholic comments” made by Richards in her address. The group said university officials “should make immediate changes to their speaker policy to uphold truth and avoid endangering the souls of their students.”

Patrick J. Reilly, founder and president of the Cardinal Newman Society, said in response to the invitations to Richards and other left-wing “progressives,” that “Besides a clear bias in the choice of speakers, there’s no sense of moral truth, which is the central point of a Catholic university. Either you accept Catholic moral teaching as true or you do not. In the case of Georgetown, they simply do not.”

He added, “In bringing in someone with such a horrendous record of not only advocating ideas that would be contrary to Catholic teaching, but is herself responsible for the deaths of more than two million babies under her watch, Georgetown demonstrates that it does not understand the nature of a Catholic university.”

But problems on campus go far beyond inviting notorious leftists and pro-abortionists.
During a recent official tour of the campus, the tour leader, a Georgetown student, boasted of how the campus had featured speeches by such prominent political figures as Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama. No conservative speakers were mentioned.

Sanders spoke to Georgetown on the subject of “democratic socialism.” The speech was sponsored by the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service, which says it is “dedicated to reconnecting young people with the idea that politics is a noble vehicle for public service.”

The university launched a “Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowship Program,” and Mrs. Clinton is the Honorary Founding Chair of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. Georgetown is even giving awards named after the former Secretary of State, designated the “Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Women in Peace and Security.”

Georgetown is also associated with a mystical Jesuit philosopher known as Teilhard de Chardin, who tried to combine the theory of evolution with the Christian faith. Current visitors to the Intercultural Center at Georgetown University find his words prominently featured on a wall: “The Age of Nations is past. The task before us now, if we would not perish, is to build the Earth.”

“It is that spirit that has guided Georgetown,” states Georgetown President John J. DeGioia.

The Teilhard de Chardin quote has been described by advocates of a New Age or post-Christian philosophy as a “global mind shift” away from nation-states to a “global community,” or “global consciousness.” Prospective students are openly told that they will be groomed for success as “global citizens.”

While the emphasis of a Georgetown University education now appears to be global in scope, the institution traces its founding to John Carroll, whose cousin, Daniel Carroll, was the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence. John Carroll’s founding of what was then Georgetown College “coincides with the birth of our nation,” the official history says. “In 1789, Carroll secured the deed to 60 acres of land on a hilltop overlooking the village of Georgetown. He was appointed Archbishop of Baltimore in 1808.”

Today, protecting America and its national sovereignty is a thing of the past. Georgetown University this month announced the launch of the “Undocumented Student Resource website,” designed to “provide information and resources for undocumented current and prospective Georgetown students.”

The term “undocumented students” means they are in the U.S. illegally.

Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson declared, “As a Catholic and Jesuit institution, we have a unique responsibility to welcome and support all of our students, regardless of immigration status.” The Office of Undergraduate Admissions says, “Immigration status does not have an impact on the admissions process.”

But it appears that some more conservative-oriented students, including those supporting Donald J. Trump, could find themselves in trouble. Campus liberals and “progressives” are reacting with dismay and anger over the reports that graffiti with messages such as “Trump ’16 Build the Wall” were found on campus buildings, including a university townhouse. Another message written in chalk on campus was an expression of support for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

The campus police announced an immediate investigation and one student declared, “It’s awful, disgusting, and we already reached out to facilities, etc. to get it removed.”

The student paper reported that the university’s “Speech and Expression Policy” prohibits speech that somehow threatens people or is perceived as “grossly obscene” to members of the Georgetown community.

Indeed, the “Speech and Expression Policy” declares that “expression that is indecent or is grossly obscene or grossly offensive on matters such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation is inappropriate in a university community and the University will act as it deems appropriate to educate students violating this principle.”

It turns out that the Richards appearance and the Lavender Graduation event are only two of the more recent scandals that have occurred at the Catholic institution. A movement was launched in 2015 that objected to the university calling itself Catholic, and asked the Vatican to take action. That now seems unlikely, considering the fact that current Pope Francis is a Jesuit who cited the mystical views of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin in his environmental encyclical “Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home.”


Director of National Intel Clapper: ISIS, Al-Qaida Could Strike Before US Election

Terror groups like ISIS or al-Qaida could launch strikes within the U.S. to affect the presidential election this November, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Newsmax Monday morning.

Clapper, the top official in the U.S. intelligence community, would not say whether the terrorist groups preferred or opposed any particular candidate.

But, in an obvious reference to the Republican front-runner Donald Trump, he said he was struck by “how simple things are on the campaign trail and how those same issues are very hard in the confines of the [White House] Situation Room.”

At a Washington, D.C., press breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, Newsmax asked Clapper if he felt ISIS or al-Qaida was targeting the U.S. before the election with the possibility of influencing the outcome.

“Whether or not they might do something that might have a bearing on the election, well, they could — particularly if they do something in this country,” he replied.

“It would probably have some impact. It’s kind of an imponderable but it could certainly influence how people vote in this election.”

As to whether the terrorist groups might prefer Trump to help rally jihadists, Clapper said: “I cannot point to any evidence that would indicate a preference on the part of ISIS as to who is elected in our presidential election.”

Clapper said he was concerned about some of the rhetoric in this year’s presidential campaign, however.

“Certainly you worry about rhetoric on the campaign trail,” he said. “I think the history has been that once a president is inaugurated and is in office and realizes the burden and the responsibilities of the position, I think that has a tempering effect on anyone. I think it will here regardless of who’s elected.”


Frm. RNC Chairs: Trump ‘Not Correct’ He Wins With Plurality

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Any Republican candidate entering the party’s national convention with a plurality of delegates and not a majority is not eligible to clinch the nomination, seven former national chairmen of the Republican National Committee say in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece.

“Such an interpretation would be a gross violation of the essential purpose of the nominating process,” the former chairmen, Bill Brock, Bob Dole, Haley Barbour, Jim Nicholson, Clayton Yeutter, Marc Racicot, and Mel Martinez write in the joint editorial,

They did not mention GOP front-runner Donald Trump, who has said he’s sure he’ll get the 1,237 delegates required for the nomination before the convention, but even if he doesn’t, he believes that if he is close to that number and nobody else is, he should be nominated. It is this stance RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has publicly disagreed with.

The former chairmen said in their opinion piece that too many Americans do not understand the rules, despite Priebus’s efforts to educate the public, the national press, and “some of the candidates,” who continue to “appear confused.”

For years, both the Democratic and Republican parties have had nominees who secured their delegates before the conventions convened. The last convention that started with the eventual outcome still in doubt was in 1976, when Gerald Ford ended up squeezing out Ronald Reagan to win the nomination. But as that was 40 years ago, many voters and even political reporters are not familiar with that kind of final battle, the former RNC leaders wrote.

The delegate process has been in play for more than 200 years. They said if nobody has a majority for the first ballot, more votes are taken until there is a nominee supported by the majority of the delegates.

The chairmen said they are concerned that if the confusion on the rules is not clarified before the Cleveland convention this summer, “the result could prove disastrous.” The party, they wrote,  is “almost certain” to be holding a contested, open race for the nomination, and when that happens, “only an absolute majority of the delegates assembled in the convention can select an individual as the party’s candidate for the presidency.”

Meanwhile, it will remain “crucial” that the process be open and inclusive, the former chairmen wrote, and it is “misleading” for anyone to suggest that rules are being changed to exclude any candidate.

“The rule in both parties’ nomination conventions throughout U.S. political history is simple,” they concluded. “The delegates make the decisions and the majority rules. The majority, no more, no less. Always.”


Franklin Graham Rips Trump on NC Bathroom Law


The Rev. Franklin Graham slammed Donald Trump on his opposition to the North Carolina bathroom law, praising state officials for acting to “protect young girls, boys, and women from sexual predators and perverts.”

“Men have no business using women’s bathrooms and locker rooms,” Graham said Friday on Facebook. “Period.”

He is the head of both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the Samaritan’s Purse global charity. Both efforts are based in Charlotte, N.C.

Graham, the son of the famed evangelist Billy Graham, was in Ecuador this week working with Samaritan’s Purse to provide assistance to those affected by last week’s deadly earthquake.

Trump told host Matt Lauer Thursday on “Today” on NBC that the Tar Heel State should not have passed the law last month directing transgender people to use bathrooms that match the gender on their birth certificates.

“People … use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate,” Trump said at a town hall meeting. “There has been so little trouble.

“Leave it the way it is,” he said.

Trump even told Lauer that he would allow Caitlyn Jenner to use the bathroom of her choice in Trump Tower.

“He said that if Caitlyn Jenner came to Trump Tower, he could use any bathroom he wanted,” Graham said in the Facebook post. “That’s Mr. Trump’s prerogative on his own property.

 “But businesses and organizations shouldn’t be forced by law to allow men pretending to be women to use women’s restrooms.

“It’s not up to us to decide our sex — God determines that,” Graham added before ending with a portion of Genesis 5:2 from the Old Testament: “He created them male and female and blessed them.”




Chris Stevens’ Ex-Fiancee: Hillary Shouldn’t Have Ignored Requests for Help


The former fiancee of Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in the 2012 Benghazi terror attack, tells Newsmax TV that Hillary Clinton didn’t do her job by ignoring Stevens’ requests for more security.

Lydie Denier tells Steve Malzberg she was engaged to Stevens in 1995 after a brief love affair. The two never married, but she always cared deeply for him.

“I hear some news that there was an attack in Benghazi,” Denier says in the interview, which will air at 7 p.m. ET Friday on Newsmax TV. “It was just flames and there was a picture of a man and with that picture I had a bad feeling. I knew something was wrong but I couldn’t tell because I’m blind as a bat, so I need my glasses and I didn’t have them on.

“But they kept repeating, ‘the ambassador died.’ There was the name written under the picture but still I couldn’t see it. When his picture came back on the screen I put my glasses on and it was him. It was a shock.”

Denier is an actress and model working on a documentary titled, “A Voice for Ambassador Chris Stevens.” She points to Clinton as at least partly to blame for Stevens’ death after militants stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in the Libyan capital on Sept. 11, 2012.

“As far as Hillary Clinton, it would take more than six minutes for me to say how I feel, but obviously you know I feel,” Denier says. “I think she should have done a better job for security and not ignore his requests. And if he was a friend, like she said, he was a friend, then you don’t let your friend down.”

Denier adds that she’s tried to talk with Clinton for her documentary but the effort has been fruitless.


Obama Administration Awards $270K to Controversial Islamic Charity


The Obama administration has granted $270,000 to an Islamic charity that has been outlawed by some governments that charged it with donating to terror groups, according to a report by the Washington Free Beacon.

The Department of Health and Human Services made the grant to Islamic Relief Worldwide as part of a health services effort in Nairobi and Kenya with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the grant report said.

The United Arab Emirates and Israel banned Islamic Relief Worldwide in 2014, charging it with ties to Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, and other groups engaged in terror financing, according to the Beacon report.

In 2006, Israel determined that the charity assisted Hamas and arrested its founder, according to the Gatestone Institute.

The NGO Monitor recommended in 2015 that “a fully independent, transparent, and comprehensive audit of IRW’s international activities and funding mechanisms be undertaken immediately.”

Islamic Relief Worldwide just appointed a new chief executive, according to Civil Society.

The announcement said the group had just achieved its highest income level since 2012.