Cardinal O’Malley Admonishes Boston College

Cardinal Sean O'Malley

Cardinal Sean O’Malley

Boston Colleges Refuses to Rescind its Offer to Ireland’s Pro-Abortion Prime Minister

By Cardinal Sean O’Malley: Because the Gospel of Life is the centerpiece of the Church’s social doctrine and because we consider abortion a crime against humanity, the Catholic Bishops of the United States have asked that Catholic institutions not honor government officials or politicians who promote abortion with their laws and policies.

Recently I learned that the Prime Minister of Ireland, the Hon. Mr. Enda Kenny was slated to receive an honorary degree at Boston College’s graduation this year. I am sure that the invitation was made in good faith, long before it came to the attention of the leadership of Boston College that Mr. Kenny is aggressively promoting abortion legislation.  The Irish Bishops have responded to that development by affirming the Church’s teaching that  “the deliberate decision to deprive an innocent human being of life is always morally wrong” and expressed serious concern that the proposed legislation “represents a dramatic and morally unacceptable change to Irish law.”

Enda Kenny says we want to “get as much of a consensus as we possibly can” concerning the Ireland’s abortion bill. Source:

Since the university has not withdrawn the invitation and because the Taoiseach has not seen fit to decline, I shall not attend the graduation.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.  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, and 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.

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3 comments to Cardinal O’Malley Admonishes Boston College

  • Catherine Spillane

    Thank you Cardinal O ‘ Malley. Praise God that you are in tune with The Holy Spirit. The protection of the unborn is a duty on all of us, they have no voice but ours.

  • tg

    Thank you Cardinal. How about not giving Holy Communion to all politicians that support and vote for abortion. If you are already doing that, great.

  • Rob

    With all due respect to one of my favorite prelates, the legislation in Ireland does not appear to be anything close to abortion on demand. Perhaps a little research would be in order.

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