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Activists Seek to Oust Catholic Chaplain from University Campus

Two students at George Washington University have announced a coordinated campaign to try to rid the campus of its Catholic chaplain, the GW Hatchet, the school’s independent newspaper reports.

Seniors Damian Legacy and Blake Bergen said they can no longer tolerate what they describe as Father Greg Shaffer’s anti-homosexual and anti-abortion beliefs. They say they are upset that Fr. Shaffer counsels homosexual students to lead a celibate lifestyle.

Fr. Shaffer has served as chaplain at George Washington University’s Newman Center for the past five years.

Legacy and Bergen have charged that Fr. Shaffer’s beliefs have caused them psychological anguish.

The students plan to file a formal complaint with the university administration, conduct prayer vigils outside the Newman Center, and produce a video containing statements from students who have left the Newman Center. The students are also requesting that the GW Student Association defund the Newman Center.

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