Georgetown’s LGBTQ initiative
The American Spectator’s Daniel Allott notes that Georgetown Magazine, Georgetown University’s alumni magazine, reports former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, a Georgetown grad chair of the university’s borad of directors, has given $5 million for a variety of programs. Georgetown Magazine reports:
The Tagliabues’ $5 million gift will be divided equally among five areas: need-based undergraduate scholarships, scholarships for student-athletes in both men’s and women’s sports programs, programmatic support for the campus LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning) Resource Center and funding for strategic initiatives.
Interesting that there is as much money (a cool million dollars) for the LGBTQ initiative as there is for need-based scholarships. The $1 million for LGBTQ will establish the Tagliabue Initiative for LGBTQ Life: Fostering Formation and Transformation. I’m not sure what exactly a LGBTQ formation initiative is, especially if, as we are told, sexual orientation is natural (that is something we are born with). Sounds like a recruiting tool.
But Georgetown is ostensibly a Catholic university. The Tagliabues said in a statement: ”The Center is inspired by Catholic and Jesuit principles of respect for the dignity of all and education of the whole person, and we are very pleased to support its services that provide a safe, inclusive and respectful environment for LGBTQ students and promote their acceptance in the entire campus community.” And Georgetown University president John J. DeGioia, said that the Tagliabues’ donation is “further evidence of their belief in and support for what Georgetown is and aspires to become.”
Really, Georgetown aspires to promoting LGBTQ? Allott says: “It’s also further evidence that GU is leading the way in the continuing surrender of Catholic higher education to the secular culture.” Catholic universities could aspire to the loving Catholic teaching on homosexuality. John-Henry Westen described in 2010 that Catholic leadership has avoided addressing sexual sin out of a misguided concern for “human respect” rather than truth and genuine love.