The Cardinal Newman Society, a group that aims to “renew and strengthen Catholic identity in Catholic higher education,” is attacking Georgetown College’s recent video “Jesuits at Georgetown” over the opening line of the video.
At the beginning of the video, Fr. Ryan Maher, S.J., associate dean of the College, says, “Our job as educators, and as priests really, 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.”
CNS jumped on this quote, writing that the video never makes it clear that the Jesuits at Georgetown are trying to “bring students to the fullness of truth in the Catholic faith.”
The CNS blog post disappointedly writes, “Everything seems to be about promoting differences.” This is in line with Georgetown’s message of promoting diversity on campus.
Had the writer at CNS had listened past the first 30 seconds of the video they would have heard Maher go on to imply that those of faith are able to strengthen their faith at Georgetown.
“So we welcome diversity because we’re not afraid of questions and we’re confident in the answer,” Maher continued, “that a person of good will and honest integrity and genuine intelligence asking the right questions will end up where he or she needs to be.”