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By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Sep 17, 2010

Nice to see the president of a large Catholic university taking an active interest in pro-life work. John Garvey, the brand-new president of Catholic University, was sitting in the front row last night when CUA Students for Life hosted a talk by that industrial-strength young pro-life activist, Lila Rose. 

Kudos to Garvey. The message of Lila Rose is not for the faint of heart, and we don't know whether Garvey would endorse everything she said. But at a minimum, right at the start  of his tenure at CUA, he's sending the message that he's paying attention. 

(Full disclosure: If you follow the link and browse through the photos, you might suspect that I'm not entirely free of bias in reporting on this event. I plead guilty. That lovely young lady that you'll see introducing Lila Rose, is my daughter Deirdre, the president of CUA Students for Life.) 

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: bkmajer3729 - Oct. 16, 2017 8:02 AM ET USA

    Yeah, and then there's "The Keepers". We'll probably never know who really killed Sister Cathy but God does and will appropriately handle that. But assume the claims made are true, even in handling the individuals in the aftermath there remains this cloud. Everything needs to be handled legally and professionally but something seems amiss - the truth is somewhere in the middle. This all comes down to trust and fear. And fear, St. Teresa, tells us is the chief activator of all our faults - hmmm.

  • Posted by: Tex132 - Oct. 07, 2017 8:29 PM ET USA

    Phil, once again you have hit the nail right on the head. Thank you for being an advocate for us survivors who were abused by a priest but still love the Church. We forgive but are tired of seeing the same mistakes being made over and over. www.mgoretti.org

  • Posted by: feedback - Oct. 05, 2017 12:28 PM ET USA

    Cardinal George decided, for some reason, to take on himself "full responsibility" for the McCormack supervision fiasco: https://goo.gl/ivEkhj That way he practically let off the hook those who were directly responsible and failed in that regard or, possibly, even covered up for McCormack. Those individuals remain in "good standing" in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 17, 2010 6:24 PM ET USA

    Thank you for the link through to the CUA photos. That is a huge number - 3,700 abortions a day! Some years ago in Sydney, Australia, known as the abortion capital of the South Pacific we did something similar on a popular Sydney beach. We decided to erect 800 crosses to mark the number of abortions performed in Sydney every week - 40,000 per year. When we had finished, we were all taken by the sadness of what was illustrated on the beach - and heartened by the number of people who asked "why".