Cardinal Sean O’Malley sparked off a major controversy when refusing to attend because of the new proposed abortion law in Ireland which was mandated by the Supreme Court there.
Christian groups are highlighting a statement of support for Kenny from Planned Parenthood in Massachusetts. The pro-choice group issued a statement from Marty (Martha) Walz, president and chief executive officer of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, calling Kenny an “appropriate commencement speaker.”
Walz said, “It is disappointing that a measure to provide health care to a woman whose life is in danger would draw protest in Massachusetts.”
Calling Planned Parenthood “the USA's biggest abortionists" Christian groups stated that Mr. Kenny is aggressively promoting abortion legislation and that “Cardinal O'Malley is showing leadership as Archbishop of Boston and as Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
“He must keep the heat on Jesuit-run BC and its sister college, BC Law School, Planned Parenthood and all abortionists.
The Statement reads “Kenny said: "My book is the Constitution." He should read the Preamble to the Irish Constitution on his own website, page 17 of 252: "In the Name of the Most Holy Trinity, from Whom is all authority and to Whom, as our final end, all actions both of men and States must be referred Ireland’s laws are subject to God's law. The USA's Pledge of Allegiance delivers the same key message: "under God," the statement reads.
The Boston Globe, however, in an editorial, supports Boston College and Kenny’s speech there.
The editorial states; "O’Malley is entitled to avoid Kenny if he wants. But as a Catholic institution, Boston College has to strike a difficult balance, upholding church teachings while providing an open academic environment to a diverse student body. It’s right to refuse to alter its plans to present Kenny with an honorary degree. Kenny’s visit is a credit to the institution, and to its graduates, and that’s where the focus should be next week.
A Student leader. Stephanie Rice, a BC senior and president of the College Democrats of Boston College has also come out in support of Kenny and BC.
“I am deeply disappointed that Cardinal O’Malley has chosen to politicize what should be a day of celebrating the four years of hard work and learning that I and my classmates have experienced at Boston College,” Rice said in a statement.
“In my time here at BC, we have been taught to respect and understand the value of a diversity of opinions, and I am proud that those values will be represented at our commencement ceremony by Prime Minister Kenny.”