Thursday, April 23, 2009

Archbishop Hughes Boycotting Xavier's Graduation

Today we learn that Archbishop Hughes will be boycotting Xavier's graduation because of his disapproval of our choice of Donna Brazile as the graduation speaker. Here's a link to Hughes' letter to Xavier president Norman C. Francis. I think it's a fairly well written letter, but I'm troubled by the 2004 document which declares that 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." Do they think that all future speakers at Catholic universities need to be pro-life? Hughes also points out that "contraceptive practice actually leads men to be less responsible toward women." Are we to believe that women are treated with more respect in societies that don't have access to birth control?

I can't wait until June, when this graduation speaker/abortion issue will be but a memory. Mostly I see the vocal disdain for graduation speakers such as Brazile and Obama as keeping conservative Catholic donors happy, so it's about money, and also it's a wedge issue used to attract media attention. Sadly that part is working. May 17th in South Bend is going to be a circus.


Sue said...

Yep, our bishop (Darcy) isn't attending Obama's speech either. He will attend other aspects of graduation (because he knows what side his bread is buttered on - ie, don't piss of Notre Dame TOO much) - but won't sit on the dias with our President.


can sombody get this poor man declared senile and unfit for duty?

im no fan but at least hannen had spine.