Faith and Justice? Timothy Healy and Leo O’Donovan’s Struggles to Balance Piety and Dialogue

The Hoya

September 23, 2018

By Maddy Forbess and Meghan DeCourcey

“Faith and Justice” hangs from the banners of Healy Hall, urging students and faculty on to serve their community while staying true to their religious convictions.

Although Jesuits hold the two values as complementary, recent Georgetown presidents Timothy Healy and Leo O’Donovan have confronted several instances where the Catholic Church and progressive segments of the student body have pulled the University in competing directions.

The responses of Healy and O’Donovan to these contentious situations reflect distinct leadership styles that continue to define Georgetown today.

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