WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - A Jesuit university removed a pro-abortion webpage from its site, and faithful Catholics are calling it a victory.
Georgetown University's Law Library webpage has a section about civil rights which used to include a page about legalized abortion. The webpage encouraged students to support abortion groups like Planned Parenthood, NARAL and the Center for Reproductive Rights on the grounds that these organizations promote civil rights.
But faithful Catholics objected to the pro-abortion message. TFP Student Action organized an online protest petition which garnered more than 13,000 signatures.
Apparently, the university took notice. The pro-abortion message was quietly removed from Georgetown's website, TFP Student Action reported on July 12.
John Ritchie, TFP Student Action director, said of the victory, "Since the page clearly violated Georgetown's Catholic identity, thousands of concerned students and parents signed TFP Student Action's petition, calling for the removal of the page."
He added, "Thank God the petition was successful because the pro-abortion page is no longer accessible."
"When this pro-abortion page was brought to my attention, I wasn't overly surprised," Ritchie remarked. "Because, unfortunately, Georgetown is notorious for allowing scandalous events that undermine moral values."
Ritchie gave examples: "For instance, Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood's former president, spoke on campus and received a standing ovation. Pro-homosexual 'Coming Out' celebrations take place annually. And Georgetown even decided to open a pro-transgender housing complex for students 'exploring' gender and sexuality."
He went on to remark, "Over time, the oldest Catholic university in America has become a place where God is no longer welcome."
Georgetown, located in Washington, D.C., is the oldest Catholic university in the United States.
It is also run by the Jesuits. While the loss of Catholic identity has impacted most Catholic colleges and universities, it has been especially devastating at Jesuit-run institutions. Many of the problems Ritchie mentioned about Georgetown have close parallels at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Loyola University in Chicago and other campuses.