Friday, 10 May 2013

BREAKING NEWS: Cardinal O'Malley will not attend the Boston College graduation because they have not withdrawn the invitation to Enda Kenny who is 'aggressively promoting abortion legislation'


Cardinal O'Malley: "Because the Gospel of Life is the centerpiece of the Church’s social doctrine and because we consider abortion a crime against humanity, the Catholic Bishops of the United States have asked that Catholic institutions not honor government officials or politicians who promote abortion with their laws and policies.

Recently I learned that the Prime Minister of Ireland, the Hon. Mr. Enda Kenny was slated to receive an honorary degree at Boston College’s graduation this year. I am sure that the invitation was made in good faith, long before it came to the attention of the leadership of Boston College that Mr. Kenny is aggressively promoting abortion legislation.  The Irish Bishops have responded to that development by affirming the Church’s teaching that  “the deliberate decision to deprive an innocent human being of life is always morally wrong” and expressed serious concern that the proposed legislation “represents a dramatic and morally unacceptable change to Irish law.” 

Since the university has not withdrawn the invitation and because the Taoiseach has not seen fit to decline, I shall not attend the graduation. It is my ardent hope that Boston College will work to redress the confusion, disappointment and harm caused by not adhering to the Bishops’ directives.  Although I shall not be present to impart the final benediction, I assure the graduates that they are in my prayers on this important day in their lives, and I pray that their studies will prepare them to be heralds of the Church’s Social Gospel and “men and women for others,” especially for the most vulnerable in our midst."

4 comments:

  1. He should rebuke the College. He has the moral and ecclesiastical authority as it is a Catholic educational institution within his parish. I and many others wrote to him and Boston College. However, it was my understanding he was not going to be attending this year anyway as his secretariat had responded to people to that effect before this recent statement. I wonder if his statement will be brought to the attention of the student body, particularly the graduands?

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  2. I wish the Pope could get involved. Mary you must find a way to reach the Pope's ear.

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  3. Thank God for an archbishop who refuses to be controlled by Boston politics.

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