A righteous man stands tall for life
Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, has issued this statement announcing his intention to boycott Boston College’s upcoming commencement ceremony. Enda Kenny, the Prime Minister of Ireland, will be the commencement speaker and is slated to receive an honorary degree at Boston College’s graduation.
Cardinal O’Malley has publicly opposed Ireland’s proposed abortion law, which Kenny has resolutely promoted.
The Cardinal Newman Society reports O’Malley has challenged Boston College for inviting the pro-abortion commencement speaker. He urged Boston College to “work to redress the confusion, disappointment and harm caused by not adhering to the Bishops’ directives,” referencing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops instruction that Catholic institutions not honor those whose views are inconsistent with the Church’s teachings.
By tradition, the Boston archbishop delivers the final benediction at BC’s commencement each spring. The college is scheduled to award Kenny an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the May 20 ceremony.
In his statement, O’Malley said the church considers abortion “a crime against humanity’’ and he noted that Kenny has been “aggressively promoting abortion legislation’’ despite opposition from church leaders in Ireland.
“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,” Cardinal O’Malley’s statement said.
Cardinal O’Malley’s office number is (617) 254-0100. You might want to call and leave a message of appreciation for this outstanding and principled man.