By Ashley McGuire

Catholic students can still be Catholic at Georgetown University. That’s basically what the school’s Student Activities Commission decided Thursday evening in all its benevolence. The commission ruled that the pro-family, pro-chastity student organization Love Saxa could retain its status as a recognized campus group despite efforts to have it labeled a “hate group” and essentially disbanded.

To be sure, there have been plenty of outlandish stories of efforts to tamp down on unpopular student speech and expression emanating from America’s campuses of late. Reports of faculty put in neck braces, of lectures and classes shut down or cancelled due to student rioters, and of raucous clashes instigated by campus mobs have all cast a sort of neo-Dark Ages pall on our schools and universities.

But the Love Saxa kerfuffle caught the nation’s attention in a particular way because it is a student group that espouses Catholic teaching being threated on the campus of the oldest Catholic institution of higher learning in the United States. It begs the question: If Catholics can’t even express their Catholic views at a Catholic school, where can they? 

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