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Catholic leaders rap Catholic university honors for pro-abortion politicians

May 12, 2016

A number of Catholic scholars and pro-life activists have joined in a statement decrying the honors accorded by Catholic universities in the US to political figures who promote abortion and same-sex marriage. 

The statement cites the appearances of Planned Parenthood leader Cecile Richard at Georgetown and pro-abortion legislator Wendy Davis at Notre Dame; the Laetare award given by Notre Dame to Vice President Joe Biden; and the commencement address to be delivered at Loyola Marymount by former President Bill Clinton. 

The statement dismisses claims that universities would violate the principle of academic freedom by declining to honor public figures who promote causes inimical to the faith:

There is no sensible appeal to “freedom of speech” or “academic freedom” to justify university-sponsored events or activities that hold up opponents of known moral truths for special honor, as if falsehood and immorality are to be celebrated and not firmly rejected.

The statement, "Committed to the Truth of LIfe and Marriage," was released on May 11 by the Cardinal Newman Society. [Phil Lawler, the editor of Catholic World News, is among the signatories.]

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  • Posted by: unum - May. 12, 2016 6:25 PM ET USA

    According to that great "defender of the faith", Ross Perot, "talk is cheap, but deeds are precious"! There has been a lot of rhetoric about "Catholic universities" coming from Catholic bishops, clergy, and interested laity. But there has been no official action that will provide solid guidance to Catholic parents. These parents deserve guidance from our Catholic bishops about whether our "Catholic" universities" are really Catholic?. Unfortunately the bishops have other priorities.