Fr. Greg Shaffer Under Attack by Gay Students

Father Greg Shaffer Urge Gays to Live a Celibate Life

The Daily Caller: Two gay seniors at George Washington University say they feel alienated because the chaplain at George Washington’s Newman Center rejects homosexuality, and they aren’t going to take it anymore.

The seniors, Damian Legacy and Blake Bergen, have announced a coordinated campaign to rid the campus of the Roman Catholic priest, reports The GW Hatchet, the school’s independent student newspaper.

Father Greg Shaffer

Fr. Greg Shaffer

They also assert that 12 or more students have quit the Newman Center in recent years because they can’t tolerate Father Greg Shaffer’s ardent anti-gay “and, for the record, anti-abortion beliefs.”

Shaffer has worked for five years at George Washington’s Newman Center. He told the Hatchet that religion and unrestricted speech “play a vital role at a diverse university like GW.”

Legacy and Bergen say they are primarily upset about the counseling Shaffer offers. They say he urges students who have homosexual feelings to lead a life of celibacy.

Catholic Church doctrine maintains that homosexual desire isn’t a sin, but acting on that desire is, according to the website

Legacy told the Hatchet that he spent considerable time at the Newman Center during his first two years at George Washington. He was an altar server at mass. He believed that he would become a Catholic priest after graduating.

All that changed, though, when Legacy told Shaffer that he and Bergen had entered a homosexual relationship. Shaffer allegedly charged Legacy with being immoral and lacking in faith.

“To have my faith leader view me that way, just because of one piece of the way that God made me, and to think that one part is responsible for the destruction of my human dignity, it just didn’t…I can’t even begin to describe the mental conflict that it creates,” Legacy told the Hatchet.

The two gay seniors are also unhappy about a blog post Shaffer authored back in May 2012, just after President Barack Obama publicly endorsed gay marriage.

“As Vatican II states, God is the author of marriage. He has defined marriage as between a man and a woman,” Shaffer then wrote. “Every single rational person knows that sexual relationships between persons of the same sex are unnatural and immoral. They know it in their hearts.”

The plan to oust Shaffer includes the creation of a video containing the statements of several students who have left GW’s Newman Center. That video, Legacy and Bergen hope, will surely arouse the generally left-leaning campus to anger, thus forcing school officials to act.

Other aspects of the proposed GW Newman Center insurgency include filing a formal complaint with the administration and conducting a series of prayer vigils outside the center.

Legacy and Bergen will also distribute a letter to high-ranking administrators. According to The Hatchet, the letter will cite academic studies connecting homophobic behavior to loss of appetite, insomnia and other detrimental psychological consequences.

Finally, Legacy will request that GW’s Student Association defund the Newman Center (which is affiliated with the school but officially part of the Roman Catholic Church). This year, the Center reportedly collected $10,000 in funding.

Last semester, Legacy presented a report to the school’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion explaining that other schools, such as New York University, vet and evaluate religious leaders before allowing them to work with campus affiliated groups.


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18 comments to Fr. Greg Shaffer Under Attack by Gay Students

  • Ren

    “In her 2000 year history, numerous enemies of the Church have attempted to destroy her-and every one of them has failed, usually at great personal cost. From the perspective of Heaven, the Church is often threatened, but never conquered- and in troubled times, it’s more important than ever for Catholics to hold this truth and find reassurance in it. Defiance!…by Fr. Joseph Esper reminds us of the Church’s many victories over her assailants, and demonstrates that-through the power of God-she will continue to triumph over every assault of her foes, including her ultimate enemy, The Antichrist himself…”
    from the book, “Defiance!”: The Antichrists of History and their Doomed War against the Church by Rev. Joseph M. Esper. Published by Queenship Publishing.


  • Br. Christopher Sale

    So true TG and Teresa. The gays are expecting the church to throw holy water on their sinful behavior. That will never happen. They should go to the liberal Episcopal church where they condone sin.

  • Teresa

    Yes indeed…..we need to pray like crazy, sacrifice, and fight for their souls and ALL THE SOULS who are wandering in the dark. Which one of the saints said……”if you are able by your prayers sacrifices etc to save just one soul, you will also save your own.”

  • TomP

    May God bless you, Father, and keep you firm in the Faith. Stay strong!

  • frbridge

    Of course we already know how this ends. Didn’t we just celebrate Easter? Goodness always prevails over evil. Fr. Greg, a speaker of truth, a friend, spiritual mentor and adviser to many, a man of great, great faith will continue to be protected by the Holy Spirit and the outcome will be one of goodness. He has already forgiven his persecutors.

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  • Mary

    Fr. Shaffer is only following the policy set forth by the Catholic Church. To be gay is not sinful, to act on those tendencies are the sin. You cannot separate the teaching of the Catholic Church from the Newman Center. The purpose of the Newman Centers are to provide students of the Catholic Faith a place to gather and further their relationship with God. They have one mind to eliminate anything that does not further the agenda of the gay community.

  • Andy

    Like I have said marriage isn’t mentioned in the Constitution. Plan and simple.

  • Br. Christopher Sale

    I pray Fr. Shaffer stands his ground. Because I lived in this destructive homosexual life I am extremely active here in Los Angeles opposing same sex marriage and promoting abstinence. I thank God for pulling me out of this affliction. I teach abstinence and refuse to bend. I have been under attack myself for the last year with homosexuals saying I betrayed the homosexual community. Last month I was actually threaten by a homosexual who belongs to my parish.I pray these homosexual will soon discover that we are concerned for their souls. I’m a perfect example that there’s a way out. We must continue to pray and fight for their souls.

  • Rosa Lopes

    Hang in there FR> do not let them intimidate you .We need more courageous priests like you to stand up for for God’s laws.

  • Christine Tartaglia

    Fr. Greg,
    You are a truth teller and faithful Catholic Christian – what we are all called to be. I will pray that you can continue in your ministry, but also understand that the Church is getting smaller – you will be part of a faithful remnant I am afraid. I only know that we can’t change the truth, no matter what is the public opinion. The truth is Jesus Christ and he will continue to be our guide. Don’t give up, Father. You are not alone – lonely maybe, but not alone. Your reward in heaven will be great. God bless those who persecute you. They know not what they do. – With love and prayers, Chris

  • Mary

    God Bless you Fr., you have the truth of Christ on your side. Many of us faithful to the teachings of the church will be praying for you.

  • John Testa

    God Bless you Father Shaffer. Don’t give in. We have other bishops and priests with courage, but we need many more of them. You are only doing what all priests are called to do with love and compassion. Thank you so much!!

  • What a world. This guy claims he wanted to be a priest … & then is surprised when his priest reminds him of Catholic teaching when he enters into a same-sex relationship? I guess he can’t have been paying too much attention in catechism class … presuming his catechist actually took the trouble to inform him of this part of what the Church teaches …

  • Di

    Father Shaffer, you stick to Church Doctrine don’t ever waver and you stand fast because you are right. Do not let these young men take you down.You care more about their souls than you do about hurting their feelings. Its a shame more people don’t do what you have. Right now these young men cannot see it, but you are doing them a great service they just don’t know it yet. I will add you to my list of priests I pray for.
    “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes ….and against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”
    ~Ephesians 10-12.
    God Bless you Father Shaffer
    OH and I agree with TG above^
    Si vis pacem para bellum!

  • I’m assuming Fr. Greg Shaffer spoke in loving and charitable ways to these men about the Church’s teaching and its the Church they have a problem with not this priest. (But, they don’t see it that way, it seems) I’d say let the men and those that disagree with our Catholic Church’s teaching go find another church who will OK their views. They have at least 55,000 + denominations to choose from, at least one of them will fit their views and lifestyles. Why in the world do people think our one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church should change to fit their views when in reality its their hearts that need to conform to Truth, faith, and authentic love!

  • TG

    This burns me up. Poor Father. Those radical gays are such sissies. They aren’t man enough to face up to the Truth. I am so tired of their agenda to want everyone to embrace their lifestyle. It’s not live and let live. It’s you have to embrace my lifestyle, love it and say it’s not a sin and call you a homophobe. (I’m not scared of them unless they came after me like that nut did at that conservation think tank in Washington.) Christians need to wake up. The persecution is starting. Where’s the USCCB on this? Why aren’t priests like this defended by all the bishops.

  • lisag

    Sin of any kind should make you feel alienated. It should make you feel alienated from God’s love, so that you want to atone for your sins and come back into the light of love that Jesus radiates. Demanding that the Church accept your sins leads to entombment in your sin and a false sense of self riotousness. Who wants to accept that they are a sinner when most of society tells you that you are good and right. It would take a courageous person to see the truth, go to confession and lead the life of a true Christian.

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