Georgetown Jesuits: Our Job Is Not to Bring People to God!
“Our job as educators and as priests is not to bring God to people, or even to bring people to God. God’s already there and the people are already there. Our job, our way, of living out our educational vocation is to ask the right questions, and to help young people ask those questions,” says Fr. Ryan Maher, S.J., Georgetown’s associate dean and director of Catholic studies, in the opening to a new video profiling the work of Jesuits on campus.
Georgetown says that in the video, four Jesuits “share how they serve as professors and spiritual guides and how they encourage interreligious dialogue and support the diversity of the campus community.”
There is footage in the video of a procession on campus, at the beginning of which the head of campus ministry says:
In the old days there used to be a long procession from home through the town and into the church. Well, to mark the specialness of this night, the uniqueness of this night, we shall process up to Gaston Hall from Dahlgren Chapel, our spiritual home.
It is never evident in the video that these Jesuits, in the course of their work, try to bring students to the fullness of truth in the Catholic faith, beyond simply helping them “to ask the right questions.” Rather, everything seems to be about promoting differences. This should come as no surprise as the head of Catholic studies says outright: “Our job is not to bring people to God. God’s already there and the people are already there.”
Just last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that Manhattan College, also a Catholic institution, could not claim a certain religious exemption because, after review, it found “that the purpose of the College is secular and not the ‘propagation of a religious faith’.”
We wonder if the outcome would be similar if a review of the same nature were to be conducted on Georgetown University.