As springtime approaches it’s once again time for Catholic colleges and universities to begin inviting pro-abortion speakers to give commencement addresses at graduation. Today’s violation of the norms that the US bishops laid out (i.e. Catholic institutions are not to give honors or speaking platforms for those who dissent from the Church’s doctrines on fundamental matters like abortion) comes from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, which is honoring Colin Powell. The former secretary of state and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is well known as holding pro-abortion views. He’s also often mentioned as a potential presidential candidate. Now he’s receiving an honorary doctorate from Marymount.
How do they justify this action? Bishop Loverde, call your office!