TFP Student Action, an organization committed to defending moral values on campus, recently filmed a video at Georgetown University’s ‘Coming Out’ day. The event was designed to celebrate and embrace the active homosexual lifestyle as a good, despite the school’s Catholic origin and the Church’s clear teaching that it is not.
“We knew it would be bad, but it was far worse than we expected,” said James Donlon, a volunteer with TFP Student Action who helped create the video, in an exclusive interview with Catholic Education Daily. “Imagine, this offensive display was allowed to go on in proximity to a beautiful statue of Our Lady on Copley Lawn and a life-size statue of Saint Ignatius of Loyola nearby. Not to mention the chapel with the Real Presence of the Blessed Sacrament. “
TFP’s video features interviews with several Georgetown students, one of whom said that the Church’s teaching on homosexual acts is “wrong.”
“[The student’s] arrogant dismissal of basic Catholic moral teaching was alarming,” Donlon said. “We met a number of dissident Catholic students who are at war with the Church.”
Several Georgetown students claimed during interviews with Donlon that truth could change. One unidentified student said, “I think it all depends on how you define truth. I don’t think there is one truth.” Donlon spoke to another unidentified student who also thought truth could change. He quizzed the student: “So, is stealing wrong?” The student said yes, so Donlon quickly followed up, “Will it always be wrong,” to make the point that truth is universal and unchanging. The student, seeming somewhat confused by the question, answered, “Um, perhaps.”
“Scandals like this one can test our faith,” Donlon continued. Donlon then underscored the importance to remember the promise of Christ to St. Peter that “…the gates of hell shall not prevail against [the Church],” and that “His words shall not pass away.”
At the end of the video, Donlon and another TFP representative are kicked out of the designated “free speech zone” called Red Square by a woman who identified herself as university’s director of media relations. Meanwhile, a PBS crew was allowed to film at the event without interruption.
“She was very pushy and unaccommodating,” Donlon noted. “What was she afraid of?”
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