By Diogenes (articles) | May 06, 2005
NEW ORLEANS's JESUIT UNIVERSITY is honoring pro-abortion pols next week, and Archbishop Alfred Hughes is refusing to take part in the capitulation.
Hughes said he decided he could not attend commencement ceremonies May 13 and 14 "lest my presence confuse the faithful and give the impression that it is appropriate to include in an honor anyone who dissents publicly from church teaching."
Not bad, for an opening gambit. "Appropriate" is the wrong word, suggesting that a blunder in table manners is at stake, but all parties can read the code easily enough. I like the deft body-slam in the Archbishop's statement, which by a double feint says 1) it's a bad action to honor pro-aborts; 2) clergymen ought to avoid even the appearance of wrongdoing; 3) the Jesuits have manifestly failed not only in this duty (the impression of evil), but have effected the bad action itself.
P.S. The honorees in question only countenance the termination of little pregnancies. They're moderates.
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