I love the fact that when Boston College—“A college in the Jesuit tradition!”—honors pro-abortion Democrats, not a peep is heard except from the faithful remnant pro-lifers and orthodox Catholics on campus. But when the pro-abortion honoree is a Republican, suddenly all the “Catholics” come out of the woodwork demanding the college live according to the Church’s teachings.
This is what happened when BC invited Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to be commencement speaker. Now, let’s be clear: because she is a pro-abortion politician, I agree that Rice should not be given a platform at which to speak at BC nor should she receive honors, as agreed upon by the US bishops a couple of years ago in the document “Catholics in Political Life.”
That said, I find it somewhat hypocritical that suddenly certain people at BC are up in arms. In fact, it sounds like they object more to the War in Iraq than to Rice’s views on abortion.
‘‘On the levels of both moral principle and practical moral judgment, Secretary Rice’s approach to international affairs is in fundamental conflict with Boston College’s commitment to the values of the Catholic and Jesuit traditions and is inconsistent with the humanistic values that inspire the university’s work,” the letter said. It pointed out Pope John Paul II’s opposition to the war in Iraq.
Could anyone actually point me to a quote from Pope John Paul where he specifically condemned the war in Iraq? I want to see it in black and white, not simply a general deploring of the evils of war.
In any case, I’ll be more sympathetic to the cause when I hear the same people protesting next time, say Larry Flynt, comes to campus, or some other pro-abortion, pro-filth partison of the Democrat persuasion. I’m not convinced this doesn’t have more to do with liberal politics than it does Church teaching.