Georgtown’s The Hoya said that the Jesuit University’s first lay president has done a great job during his tenure. Of course they think so.
But they think his legacy needs…just a bit more…Democrat talking points to make it perfect.
While this emphasis on long-term development has led to many successful ends, Georgetown’s progress will be assessed by more than just new buildings or fiscal growth. One of the most trying issues in the upcoming years will likely be reconciling traditional Catholic policies with an increasingly non-Catholic student body and a general uneasiness with socially conservative dogma.
As Georgetown’s first lay president, DeGioia has a unique perspective with which to confront these struggles that have become ubiquitous at Catholic educational institutions. DeGioia has done well to bring together conservative and progressive factions of our community to collectively modernize university policy, and, in 2007, notably created the first LGBTQ resource center at a Catholic university in the United States. This approach, especially in navigating the university’s compliance with the Affordable Care Act, has guided our policy moves in a desirable direction.
Georgetown students look forward to the eventual recognition of groups that advocate for women’s health care, a more progressive policy toward transgender students or even divestment of endowment funds from fossil fuel companies. But it is important to recognize that change can take time and patience. If DeGioia’s record is any indication of his future performance, we can count on him to make the right choices for Georgetown’s long-term future.
So when they say reconciling “traditional Catholic policies” with the student body, they mean completely ignoring Catholic teaching.
The thing is, it’s Georgetown and that’s exactly what’s been happening and will continue to happen.