Commencements and abortion
Surely we’ve all heard about the controversy surrounding Obama’s invitation to speak at Notre Dame’s commencement. Now a bishop is protesting the choice of someone who’s pro-life, but apparently not purely pro-life enough:
Bishop Joseph F. Martino of Scranton, who has already questioned whether local Catholic colleges are following doctrine, has attacked the choice of King’s College to have U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania as its graduation speaker, the Associated Press reported. Casey opposes abortion and favors the reversal of the Supreme Court’s decisions legalizing abortion. He is among the most prominent Democratic politicians with such views. But Bishop Martino said that King’s would be commiting an “affront to all who value the sanctity of life” by having Casey as a speaker because the senator voted to confirm Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of health and human services. King’s officials aren’t commenting on the dispute. But a spokesman for Casey told the AP that the senator thought it would be irresponsible to leave the HHS position vacant. “He disagrees with her on abortion, but feels that she has the required expertise to help pass health care reform and provide health care to the uninsured, one of our country’s top priorities,” the spokesman said.
Casey’s reasoning sounds an awful lot like the kind of reasoning that Catholics are officially allowed to use in situations like this. The bishop’s reasoning sounds pretty specious to me, but I may be biased by the fact that I find the whole “abortion trump card” approach nonsensical.
I’m sure that before long, we’ll find a bishop protesting a speaker because the speaker pays taxes to a municipality that includes an abortion provider, implicitly supporting it by paying for a portion of the abortion provider’s police and fire service.
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