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Post by hoya4ever on May 20, 2012 16:42:04 GMT -5
You are right of course and maybe I should have worded my statement better. The Jesuits are Catholic; there is no question as to that. They do however instill a sense of inter-religious, intercultural, inter[otherword] in their institutes of learning. Take Georgetown, Gonzaga, Loyola, Xavier, and all the others; they all say that the pursuit of diverse education and knowledge is paramount to their learning. I know these are buzz words that any college can use but even going further and using the core values of Jesuit education we can see that Interreligious Understanding and Community in Diversity are central to us.
As I am sure you know, the Jesuit order was founded by a former soldier who acquired the spiritual strength necessary to do such a thing after studying more deeply. Though born a Catholic, Loyola experienced the conversion through academic means. His companions were all university students. We are rooted in Catholicism (a fact that I actually like) and we are founded by scholars. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam should be our main concern and the Jesuits started accomplishing this through the study of the human relationship with God.
The Jesuits have recently affirmed their obedience to the Pope and, as a Catholic order, that is only proper. I don't know how much of a Jesuit one would be however without studying ourselves and our actions. That includes different perspectives from our own. This examined faith is the work of scholars. University educated in a Jesuit tradition (see core values) and open to different perspectives.
I do not advocate that Georgetown agree with the non-Catholic views of a speaker. I do hope however that Georgetown has trained its students enough to grasp an opportunity to see the other side and to have a conversation with themselves and each other about the values they espouse. The people protesting the speech have every right to do so. However, they should offer debates like the educated individuals and believers they are instead of just protesting.
I'll be quiet now. Let me know if I got something wrong. I like the fact that you respond without getting incensed and that is really all I want from Georgetown grads: a dialogue.