Md. Cardinal To Boycott Giuliani Speech

BALTIMORE (AP) — Cardinal William Keeler will not attend a Jesuit university commencement because keynote speaker Rudolph Giuliani, a Catholic, supports abortion rights, an official said Wednesday.

Giuliani, the Republican former New York City mayor mentioned as a possible candidate for president in 2008, is expected to award some 1,600 degrees and certificates at Friday’s commencement at Loyola College of Maryland.

He also is to receive an honorary degree.

Friday’s graduating class entered the school one week before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, said Loyola spokesman Mark Kelly.

“The attacks had a huge effect on this class, many of whom are from New York,” Kelly said late Wednesday. “The college selected Mayor Giuliani because of his courage and leadership after the attacks.”

Kelly added Loyola does not agree with every position held by every speaker.

Keeler could not be reached for comment Wednesday night. His spokesman did not elaborate on the decision, but confirmed it was because of Giuliani’s abortion stance.

The Cardinal Newman Society is planning protests, the group said in a statement.

The society is protesting speakers and honorees at 18 Catholic college and universities, saying the invitations violate the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops statement last year asserting “Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles.”

Earlier this week, New York Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, also a Catholic, canceled his speech to graduates of St. Elizabeth’s College of Nursing after learning a bishop opposed his appearance. Boehlert said he did not want to draw attention from the graduation ceremony.

A spokeswoman for Giuliani did not immediately return phone calls.

Why doesn’t the bishop try to forbid the college from having Giuliani speak?

my Mother my Confidence,
Corinne

[quote=coralewisjr]Why doesn’t the bishop try to forbid the college from having Giuliani speak?
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Actually, I think Cardinal Keelers action is a perfect pastoral answer. In forbiding Guiliani, he would come off as the bad guy, quashing the students desires etc. In boycotting it, he brings attention to the issue, and hopefully will continue to do so in a nonvitriolic way.

Now the real question to me would be what kind of guidance do they give the selection committee to begin with? It would seem that if they make a criteria for selection to be union with the Magesterium, Guiliani (who I like, though not always agree with) wouldn’t have gotten past the starting gates. Not that many of our Catholic Universities have been bastions of orthodoxy of late.

[quote=David_Paul]Earlier this week, New York Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, also a Catholic, canceled his speech to graduates of St. Elizabeth’s College of Nursing after learning a bishop opposed his appearance. Boehlert said he did not want to draw attention from the graduation ceremony.
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David: can you please give me the link to the Boehlert story?

On another note: Thank you God for Cardinal Keeler. Lifesite covered this story here:

lifesite.net/ldn/2005/may/05051901.html

Now if only Bishop Fabbro would ask Rev Malloy of University of Notre Dame to decline the award he has been offered by the Senate of the University of Western Ontario. :ehh: Hhhmmm. What happened there? :whistle:

Two abortion activists are being given the same award at the same convocation: Dr Henry Morgentaler and Doris Anderson. We all know that the Malloy award was a ‘bone’ tossed to Kings College (celebrity-lovers that they are) to keep the Catholic colleges quiet.

Well, it worked. The Catholic colleges are quiet. They are proceeding with their award and their convocation as though nothing else were going on in London.

$50 million withdrawn by alumni. Applications to register withdrawn. Violence mounting against pro-life protesters. Augmented security, private investigators implemented. An economic tailspin. Pro-life application for club status turned down. And Kings wants us to think nothing is happening!

The right thing to do would be for Malloy along the with three Catholic colleges at Western to boycott the convocations. And, as a matter of fact, an ‘informed source’ says that Malloy wants to decline his award. Somebody talked him out of it. When we have this story verified by two other sources, we will release the name.

Solution: We have been told by Canadian media that they need American Catholic commentary to the effect that Kings College dropped the ball by going ahead with the Malloy award; an award that many Catholics consider to be an insult to an outstanding Catholic educator, known for his scholarship and pastoral care to people afflicted with drug addiction and people considering abortion. And an insult to Catholics north and south of the 49th parallel.

Please Americans! Email Malloy, saying that if a boycott is good enough for Cardinal Keeler then it is good enough for Bishop Fabbro, Fr Bechard (UWO Chaplain), Dr Killan (Kings Principal), Dr Topic (Brescia Principal), and Rev McGratton (St Peters Rector). Please: just a simple letter asking that Malloy decline the honorary Doctor of Laws and that all Catholics boycott the June convocation at Western.

Rev Edward A Malloy, CSC, President, University of Notre Dame
malloy.5@nd.edu
bradley.27@nd.edu

copies to:

The Most Reverend John M D’Arcy
Bishop of Fort Wayne / South Bend Indiana USA
mschott@fwdiocese.fwsb.org

The Observer (Notre Dame and St Marys)
ndsmcobserver.com/

Patrick Reilly, President/CEO, Cardinal Newman Society
Tel (703) 367-0333 / Fax (703) 396-8668
info@cardinalnewmansociety.org

John Henry, editor Lifesite
*1-866-787-9947; *lsn@lifesite.net

Catholics for Life
c_4life@yahoo.ca

Tom Hoopes, exec editor National Catholic Register
editor@ncregister.com

Joe Sinasac, editor Catholic Register
joes@catholicregister.org

If you need any background information it is all here:
freewebs.com/catholicsforlife/index.htm

Please Americans! Just take ten minutes and send the email. Rev Malloy wants to do the right thing; he just doesnt know the damage which doing the wrong thing will do. He doesn’t know because nobody is telling him. Ani.

Thanks Ani Ibi, will do.

Here’s a link to a story on Boehlert and some interesting info from it quoted below.
lifenews.com/state1038.html

Danielle Cummings, a spokeswoman for the Diocese of Syracuse, told Newsday the policy regarding not having abortion advocates given a platform at a church or official Catholic event “is clear.”

In fact, a document approved by the nation’s Catholic bishops last summer that calls on Catholic colleges and universities not to give a platform to elected officials who back abortion.

“Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles,” the bishops said. “They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.”

The statement, called “Catholics in Political Life,” was adopted by a vote of 183-6 last summer.

Last month, the Catholic Church disaffiliated with Marymount Manhattan College, also in New York. It came under fire when it announced plans to plans to honor pro-abortion Senator Hillary Clinton with an honorary degree. Clinton is also scheduled to deliver the commencement address.

Ani Ibi…I’ll let you pick. 45 articles on Congressman Sherwood Boehlert not speaking at a nursing school here !.

Incredible Globe and Mail article on Morgantaler:

Why doesn’t this man have the Order of Canada?

Know he did an abortion on TV? Spent ten years in jail for breaking Canada’s laws banning abortion (he simply opened a clinic and started doing them). He father was in the Jewish Polish Bund which sided with the Red Army against the Polish people when Stalin invaded during the Nazi-Soviet nonaggression pact. He survived Auschwitz. And then he spent the rest of his life promoting and doing abortions. The writer of the artcle is giddy over how a man of his age plans on opening abortionaries in the arctic.

[quote=David_Paul]Ani Ibi…I’ll let you pick. 45 articles on Congressman Sherwood Boehlert not speaking at a nursing school here !
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Thank you for the Boehlert material, David. The Morgentaler award protest is being taken care of by evanganelical William VanDoodewaard at the Western Alumni Against Awarding Morgentaler website here. uwoprotest.com/index.php

What we are asking Catholics to do is to protest the silence of the Catholic colleges at Western by emailing the main players and asking them straight up to boycott the convocation. Especially Malloy must be asked by Catholics to decline his award. He wants to do that. He just needs to know how much damage his continuing to cowtow to celebrity seekers is causing. Please, Catholics! Spend no more time on the Morgentaler award. Spend instead ten minutes writing to Malloy to decline his award.

Everything hinges on getting the Catholic colleges to boycott the convocation. Once that happens, the Morgentaler award will fall and everything behind it like a line of dominoes in a hurricane. Without Malloy declining his award, nothing will change! This is critical. If nothing changes, then Morgentaler will not only get his honorary Doctor of Laws, he will go on to receive the highest honour in Canada: the Order of Canada. Every email from an American Catholic right now is more precious than gold.

Ani Ibi…don’t know about Canada but in the USA Catholics are the swing vote. If just one in three Catholics who voted pro-life last election convinced one other person to do the same in 2006, the DNC would have to run pro-life candidates and the RNC pro-choice candidates would go nowhere.

The back of the abortion lobby which terrifies politicians would be broken in less than two years.

And I say this as a Republican who knows if Democrats go modestly pro-life, my side won’t win on many other issues we hold dear. If the DNC stops the gay stuff, the euthanasia garbage and being held in a death grip by the abortion lobby, the party will probably return to being the majority party it was a generation ago. Not so great for the open market society I want but heck, abortion is destroying this country. Small, local, lassaire faire government is no good if you live in a moral sewer.

David:

The next election will likely be next year in Canada.

The UWO convocation is in less than a month. Yes, the Morgentaler award caught us unawares. But we must stop it from happening. Protesting it directly is only partially effective.

The real turning point is to get Malloy to decline his award. Once that happens everything concering the Morgentaler award falls.

What we need now are emails from Americans saying that Kings College (or London diocese if you will) dropped the ball on abortion. They are playing a shell game thinking we won’t notice.

  1. Malloy must decline his award.
  2. Catholics must boycott the convocation.

The Toronto media have told us straight up that what they need is commentary from Americans who feel let down by the decision of Kings to disregard Ex Corde Ecclesiae.

Ani Ibi…oh an appeal to all Catholics and the “Res Publica Christiana” to speak up? My favorite topic. So easy to get into thinking this is a national or even local issue. We sure have the numbers.

[quote=David_Paul]Ani Ibi…oh an appeal to all Catholics and the “Res Publica Christiana” to speak up? My favorite topic. So easy to get into thinking this is a national or even local issue. We sure have the numbers.
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Here is something easy to do:
Catholics for Life news coverage on Lifesite:

lifesite.net/ldn/2005/may/05051904.html

If people could send this link to your local Catholic newspapers – especially in the U.S. – it would really help us have these awards rescinded and prevent the award of the Order of Canada to Morgentaler. Ani.

Last month, the Catholic Church disaffiliated with Marymount Manhattan College, also in New York. It came under fire when it announced plans to plans to honor pro-abortion Senator Hillary Clinton with an honorary degree. Clinton is also scheduled to deliver the commencement address.

Actually, not true. The Cardinal Newman Society made a fool of itself demanding that Marymount Manhattan College be disaffiliated with the Church. After it was pointed out to them that the school wasn’t affiliated with the catholic Church, they did a little Emily Letila “Nevermind!”

(see, I can reference pop culture:) )

[quote=katherine2]Actually, not true. The Cardinal Newman Society made a fool of itself demanding that Marymount Manhattan College be disaffiliated with the Church. After it was pointed out to them that the school wasn’t affiliated with the catholic Church, they did a little Emily Letila “Nevermind!”

(see, I can reference pop culture:) )
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Yup.

Marymount Manhattan was founded by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary in Tarrytown, New York. In 1961, the College was independently chartered and separately incorporated as Marymount Manhattan College.
marymount.mmm.edu/learn/history.html

[quote=katherine2]Actually, not true. The Cardinal Newman Society made a fool of itself demanding that Marymount Manhattan College be disaffiliated with the Church. After it was pointed out to them that the school wasn’t affiliated with the catholic Church, they did a little Emily Letila “Nevermind!”

(see, I can reference pop culture:) )
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Oh really. Fool of itself.

Why don’t you relate the whole story?

Protecting HER HIGHNESS maybe?

Well there is quite a lot to be said for names and affiliations. Quibling over a piece of paper is not productive. If, by its name or by its association with a Catholic institution, a college or university benefits then there is a commensurate responsility to forward the teaching of the Catholic church and to respect the prohibitions which the Church puts on certain activities.

Notre Dame for instance. People say, oh well Notre Dame isn’t nearly as Catholic as it used to be. What is that supposed to mean? It has the name Notre Dame which means Our Lady. It should live up to that name.

If colleges want to benefit by association to the Church and then flagrantly bring scandal on that same Church, then the Church should remove their name and their designation as ‘Catholic’ institutions. That is what the Cardinal Newman Society is all about.

You are blessed in the U.S. to have this watchdog society, this check and balance on the bishops. We don’t have that in Canada. What makes it even more complicated is that by far the majority of Catholic colleges up here exist in secular universities. Moreover the federal government is the biggest financial donor to these colleges.

So, in a way, the Catholic colleges are under the thumb of moral relativist forces. Because Ex Corde Ecclesiae is not clear to most Canadians and the Church hasn’t made it clear, then we have no way of knowing what is going on. Colleges are having abortion speakers all the time and no one says boo.

The biggest story at Western university is not that Morgentaler and Anderson (abortionists) are getting honorary doctorates. The biggest story is the complacency of the Catholic colleges and the fact that they have dragged poor old Rev Malloy into their troubles by giving him a tainted honorary doctorate at what has become known as the Morgentaler Convocation.

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