Massachusetts Catholic college renews invitation to Kennedy widow
September 24, 2012
A Catholic college in Massachusetts has invited the widow of Senator Ted Kennedy to speak at a forum on faith and politics, just weeks after the local bishop barred her appearance as a commencement speaker at the same school.
Victoria Reggie Kennedy will appear as part of a panel on “balancing religious beliefs with the common good,” at Anna Maria College. Bishop Robert McManus of Worcester, who objected to her selection as a commencement speaker, approved of her appearance on the panel, college officials said. .
- After controversy, Victoria Kennedy gets invite to Anna Maria College (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
- Massachusetts bishop asked not to attend commencement at Catholic college (CWN, 5/8)
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Posted by: DrJazz -
Sep. 25, 2012 11:59 PM ET USA
The Bishop should have disapproved of her appearance on principle. The close proximity of this invitation to last spring's commencement shows that whomever extended it only wanted to stick a proverbial finger in the Bishop's eye. He should have called it out for what it is. If they want her to speak, wait 2 or 3 years until the controversy has died down, then low-key it.