Staying true to its apparent mission, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has been invited to give the commencement address Saturday at University of San Francisco, a university in “the Jesuit tradition.”
Pelosi is not just another pro-abortion Catholic Democrat, but is in fact the leader among the pro-abortion faction of the legislative branch of government and has repeatedly stated her support for legalized abortion as well as other violation of Catholic moral principles, such as same-sex marriage and embryonic stem-cell research and human cloning.
[The Cardinal Newman Society] urged Father [Stephen] Privett [president of the university] to withdraw the Pelosi invitation and the McCarthy honor immediately. CNS also asked Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco, who is also scheduled to receive an honorary degree, to boycott the ceremony if USF refuses to change its plans.
The university is also giving a posthumous honorary degree to Leo T. McCarthy, who died in February and was a strident supporter of legalized abortion. As CNS said: “As a U.S. Senate candidate in 1988 and 1992, he pledged to write the Roe v. Wade ruling into federal law, supported federal funding for abortions and contraceptives, and advocated distribution of the abortion pill RU-486.”
Yet USF says McCarthy embodies the university’s mission. There is no excuse for this.
Now, I wonder if Archbishop Niederauer has had a chance to familiarize himself finally with Pelosi’s stance on abortion. And if so, whether he will still greet her warmly at the graduation. Because basedo n his track record so far, I doubt he’ll cancel his appearance.
And as a reminder to University of San Francisco and Archbishop Niederauer, the policy enacted in “Catholics in Political Life” still stands:
The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.