Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley to boycott Enda Kenny visit in abortion row
Boston College event to be snubbed by church leader
The Catholic Church leader will not attend the College’s commencement when Kenny will deliver the keynote speech.
The Cardinal declared to the Boston Herald that he will not attend the event in light of Kenny’s support for pro-abortion legislation in Ireland.
The paper says the announcement has upped the ante in a debate that earlier in the week saw Boston College authorities clash with the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, a group that opposes abortion rights.
The league has strongly criticized the university for inviting Kenny.
His government is currently preparing legislation to permit abortions if there is a real and substantive threat to the mother’s life, including from suicide.
A statement from O’Malley said US bishops have urged Catholic institutions not to honor government officials who ‘promote abortion’ with their policies.
The statement from the Cardinal said: “Since the university has not withdrawn the invitation and because the Taoiseach [prime minister] has not seen fit to decline, I shall not attend the graduation.
“It is my ardent hope that Boston College will work to redress the confusion, disappointment, and harm caused by not adhering to the bishops’ directives.”
The report says that by tradition, the Boston archbishop delivers the final benediction at BC’s commencement each year.
The university plans to award Kenny an honorary doctor of laws degree at the ceremony on May 20 at Alumni Stadium.
Cardinal O’Malley added: “I assure the graduates that they are in my prayers on this important day in their lives.
“Although I shall not be present to impart the final benediction, I assure the graduates that they are in my prayers on this important day in their lives.
“I pray that their studies will prepare them to be heralds of the Church’s social gospel and ‘men and women for others,’ especially for the most vulnerable in our midst.”
Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn defended the decision to invite Kenny.
He said: As a Catholic university, Boston College supports the church’s commitment to the life of the unborn.
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