Georgetown: As usual the Jesuit institution is thumbing its nose at the Church by inviting rabidly pro-abortion Kathleen Sebelius, head of Health and Human Services, to speak at commencement. In view of the controversy over the HHS contraception mandate this is a targeted slap at the Catholic bishops who (for once!) are unanimous in condemning a moral evil. Sebelius has a long history of supporting abortion, but her enthusiasm for violating religious liberty makes her a particularly offensive speaker at a Catholic school. The Newman Society is calling on Georgetown to withdraw the invitation. That would take a miracle from the premier academia scandal mongers! Isn't it time to remove Georgetown's designation as a pontifical university? The outrages at Georgetown are legion.
DePaul: The largest Catholic university in the country has invited a population control guru to speak at one of their multiple commencements. E.O. Wilson is a Harvard professor who has called Christianity "the most dangerous of devotions" because "With a second life waiting, suffering can be endured - especially in other people. The natural environment can be used up. Enemies of the faith can be savaged and suicidal martyrdom praised." This is the picture of Christianity that DePaul is willing to promulgate? And consider the irony of a biggest Catholic school in the country hosting a man who would be happy to kill off the students of the future.
University of San Francisco (Jesuit): USF has invited pro-abortion, pro-homosexual Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey to speak to the School of Managment. Woolsey has a 100% positive rating from Planned Parenthood a long history of supporting the most extreme legislation. She voted against the partial birth abortion ban and co-sponsored legislation to cannibalize unborn babies for their stem cells. Another objectionable speaker, addressing the law school, is Judge Goodwin Liu, a member of the California Supreme Court. Rahm Emmanuel considered Liu too controversial (read "too left wing") for nomination to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (and that's saying something considering the extremism of the 9th circuit!). Like Woolsey he is pro-abortion and a proponent of same-sex marriage. (For more...)
Gonzaga University (Jesuit): Pro-abortion, pro-contraception, pro-population control Archbishop Desmond Tutu is the undergrad commencement speaker at Gonzaga. As well as his abortion extemism, Tutu is a big proponent of gay rights and advocates ordination of openly active homosexuals like Gene Robinson. He has made statements endorsing terrorism as well. Despite his decidedly anti-Catholic positions, Tutu will receive an honorary degree from the Jesuit university and the students will be served up a hefty portion of scandal. Not everyone is happy. An alumni couple started a petition on Facebook and gathered 700 signatures opposing Tutu's selection. The pro-Tutu forces headed up by Soros-funded Faithful America responded with a petition signed by 11,000. No wonder Jesus asked, "When I return will I find any faith on the earth?" There will be a remnant, however, and among them will be the 700 Gonzaga alumni.
Boston College (Jesuit): Victoria Reggie Kennedy, widow of Edward Kennedy and a publicly pro-abortion figure in her own right, will address the law school commencement. In a Washington Post Op-Ed, Kennedy defended abortion, a particularly scandalous act from someone professing to be a life-long Catholic whose faith is "very important" to her. It is apparently, not important enough to follow Church teachings.I'll close this section on bad commencement speakers with a piece of good news/bad news. First the good news: Amidst the commencement scandals there's one story with a good ending. Bishop Robert McManus of Worcester asked Anna Maria College to disinvite Vicki Kennedy who was scheduled to speak there (as well as at Boston College). Happily, Anna Maria complied. And the bishop held firm despite receiving 20,000 signatures on a petition asking him to reconsider organized by (take note) Faithful America. But (now the bad news) the college president and chairman of the board of Anna Maria asked the bishop to stay away from graduation because he would be "a distraction." Ironically, when the bishop initially expressed his concerns about Kennedy, he told the college president he wouldn't attend commencement if she spoke. Now he won't attend because the administration doesn't want him. Sad when a Catholic institution disses their bishop because he does his job and prevents a scandal. But considering the invitation in the first place it is hardly surprising. At least they were obedient even if grudgingly. As for Mrs. Kennedy, she issued her own statement defending herself as a lifelong Catholic and criticizing the bishop's action for his judgment "about my worthiness as a Catholic." She went on to say, "This is a sad day for me and an even sadder one for the Church I love." Speak for yourself, Vicki. Orthodox Catholics hail the glad day and hope the bishop's action will be imitated by his brethren!
I'm not sure what Vicki Kennedy loves about the Church (maybe the stained glass windows and incense). It surely isn't Jesus Christ who said, "If you love me you will keep my commandments." One of the paramount among those commandments, one that invovles a sin "that calls to heaven for vengeance," forbids the murder of the innocent. Kennedy champions child killing by abortion. That position alone disqualifies her (and all the other pro-abortion commencement speakers) from speaking at any authentically Catholic venue.
But there are some, thank God, that are authentically Catholic and they will be celebrating commencements as well. Christendom College will feature Fr. Kenneth Baker of Homiletic and Pastoral Review and Mother Agnes Donovan of the Sisters of Life at their commencement. St. Thomas Aquinas College presents Mother Assumpta Long founder of the thriving new teaching order Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist. At Wyoming Catholic College Bishop Michael Sheridan will be the commencement speaker. Benedictine College will feature Pope John Paul II's biographer George Weigel to cap off their year dedicated to the former pope. Now there's an authentically Catholic lineup!