Subject: A-albionic Weekly Up-date of December 9, 1999
Official Georgetown Publication Documents A-albionic Theory?
Telling excerpt from: Georgetown's School of Foreign Service:
The First 75 Years--The Edmund A. Walsh
School of Foreign Service (pp. 17-19)
Copyrighted 1994, Edmund A. Walsh School
of Foreign Service
A Catholic Institution
Georgetown's success was not universally welcomed in the aca-
demic community or, presumably, in the rarefied atmosphere
of the old State Department. As the School's graduates began
to achieve positions of responsibility in diplomacy and other
fields. concern arose in certain quarters-specifically among the
Scottish Rite Masons-that the ranks of American diplomacy
and of American companies engaged in foreign business might
come to be populated "with well-trained men brought up in .
belief in the Papacy and all that that implies." An article in;
Masonic Journal called The Crescent, published in October 1928
conceded that Georgetown's School of Foreign Service was
"ably managed, finely staffed and magnificently equipped,"
that its faculty consisted of "sixty teachers of the highest quali-
fications, picked for their learning and their ability to teach,"
as a result of which "there is no better school of its kind." The
article conceded further that "While it is part of a Catholic uni-
versity, religion as such is not taught as part of its courses, and
its students are not limited to those of the Catholic faith." These
attributes, as seen in the article, made the menace all the greater,
raising the specter "that our diplomatic, consular and trade com-
missioner positions become, in time, very heavily Catholic." (18)
To help remedy this perceived threat, the Scottish Rite lodges
had concluded an agreement with President Cloyd Heck
Marvin of the George Washington University providing an
endowment of $1 million for the establishment in 1928 of a
new, "non-sectarian" School of Government at George Wash-
ington University. A condition was attached that if the univer-
sity should "cease to be a non-sectarian institution," the gift
would revert. The new program evolved into the present-day
Elliott School of International Affairs of The George Washing-
ton University. (l9)
Periodic whispering campaigns over the decades that fol-
lowed spread the warning that the School of Foreign Service at
Georgetown was a subversive instrument of the Vatican. Fa-
ther Frank Fadner, who was regent of the School from 1955
until 1960, greeted the charge with the mordant observation,
"I didn't realize the Vatican had a foreign policy," adding, "We
have no Catholic axe to grind here at Georgetown. Our job is to
produce well-rounded, intelligent representatives of a Chris-
tian, professional education." (20)
From its beginnings the School of Foreign Service has been
hospitable to students, faculty and administrators of all faiths
As of the fall of 1940, for example, the School's records showed
a student body of 372 Catholics, 213 Protestants, 19 Jews and 2
undesignated, and a faculty made up of 23 Catholics, 24 Prot-
estants and one Jew. The student and faculty populations have
been steadily, and increasingly, ecumenical over the years but
the Jesuit tradition has remained strong. Its effect has been to
hold before the curriculum and the academic environment an
appreciation of and sensitivity to values-Christian values in
the inclusive, ecumenical sense in which Christian values in-
clude the universal principles of all faiths. In the words of the
present-day director of the undergraduate program, Associate
Dean Putnam Ebinger (herself a non-Catholic), "We want our
students to think about how things should be, right and wrong.
We would also like to think that part of what they are seeking
is a better world, and I think that such questions are asked
throughout the curriculum." (21)
For such relevance as it may have, it may be noted that the
first Catholic president of the United States was a products of
Harvard University and the first president to come from
Georgetown--a graduate of the School of Foreign Service--is
a Baptist, the product of an ecumenical education rooted in
Jesuit values. (22)
18. "A Catholic School," The Crescent, vol. XVII, no. 1, October 1928
19. Peter P. Hill, The Elliott School of International Affairs: A
of International Studies at the George Washington University.
(George Washington University, 1991).
20. Robert Finley Delaney, "Training School for American Diplomats,"
Information Magazine. January 1960. p. 16
21. Interview with Associate Dean Putnam Ebinger, October 1, 1993.
22. Interview with Dean Peter Krogh, September 29, 1993.