I will make this as brief as I can, but I really need someone to answer this complicated issue for me (preferably a priest).
My catholic college has had quite a bit of drama over the past few weeks. It started with an innocent enough party with students from my catholic college and two friends from outside of it. From questioning my friends who went, some students, including a couple catholic ones, got rather drunk, enough so that their friends were worried about them and their behaviour. Nothing immoral or dangerous happened however, and everyone went back to school the next day.
An unknown student, feeling rather scandalized about the drunkeness, told the priest who is chaplain at the Catholic college about it. I am unsure whether this student asked the priest to deal with it, but later, the priest brought up the issue in the homily of our daily mass, at which I was present. He was not angry, but disappointed, and reminded all of us that drunkeness can be a mortal sin, depending on whether you were intentional towards becoming so. He also said that sins committed in groups, like abortion, are worse than individual sins. At the end, he reminded us that he loved all of us and hoped we would make the right decisions in the future. So far as I can tell, nothing he said went against church teaching or theology in any way.
However, some students were very offended (all of which were present at the party) and felt that it was not our chaplain’s place to bring up a private party in the homily. They were also offended that he “directly compared” it to abortion and felt that he was being over-emotional, and hurt the feelings of their fellow students. What’s worse is that since then, instead of talking to the priest about their feelings, they have been complaining to their friends and even to some of the staff at the college, people who were not present at the homily, about how inappropriate the priest was, in a way ruining his reputation.
My question is, was the priest right to bring up a private party in the homily? I totally disagree with the spreading of rumours instead of talking with Father directly, but am not sure what to do to defend our chaplain from students who, out of pride or other emotions, are not willing to reconcile with him.