Christendom College’s College Republicans group recently changed its name and dropped affiliation with the national and state College Republicans over a proposed sexual orientation amendment. Now called the “Christendom Political Action League” (CPAL), the group chose to disassociate themselves from the College Republican Federation of Virginia (CRFV) after it received nearly unanimous support to add sexual orientation as a protected class in the chapter’s constitution.
CPAL made the difficult decision to cut ties with the College Republicans last month.
“This proposed amendment to the CRFV Constitution institutionalizes the values that the Republican Party stands for: being inclusive of all individuals who believe in the conservative principles of the Republican party,” said a CRFV press release from last December.
While Christendom’s College Republications constitution included a clause stating that “any student involved in conduct unbecoming a Christendom student would not be allowed to be involved in the College Republicans,” the CPAL was concerned that someone could have used Christendom’s status as a chartered chapter of the CRFV, forcing them to admit members who engaged in activities contrary to Catholic teaching.
“Someone could have said that we had to follow their constitution, and we didn’t want to take that risk,” says a CPAL spokesperson. “The CRFV’s emphasis was definitely more on being a Republican on campus first, while we want our focus to be on being Catholics involved in politics, rather than being Republicans and then Catholics.”
CPAL’s brave stance against the national and state College Republicans received support from conservative leaders in Virginia, including the office of former Va. attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli. Eugene Delgaudio, a social conservative and former member of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, also praised CPAL for its decision.
The Christendom Political Action League gives interested students the chance to take part in real political campaigns while they are still at college, helping them learn the keys to running for political office and make valuable political connections as well. These networking opportunities occur in the field, but also right on Christendom’s campus, thanks to important conservative speakers who visit campus to educate the student body and to raise the interests of students who might want to be active in politics someday.