SEATTLE, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ — Senator John Edwards, 2004 Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate and former North Carolina Senator, will speak at the Gonzaga University School of Law annual Luvera Lecture Series Luncheon on January 10, 2006 at 12:00 p.m. in Seattle at The Columbia Tower Club.
Established in 1990, the Luvera Lecture Series is an annual event that features the nation’s brightest minds, designed to inspire students and alumni of Gonzaga University School of Law. The series is underwritten by Seattle attorneys Paul and Lita Luvera, both Gonzaga Law School graduates and partners in The Luvera Law Firm. Lita Luvera also serves on the Gonzaga University Board of Regents.
While the event is sold out to Gonzaga students and alumni, Senator Edwards’ presentation will broadcast in its entirety on TVW, a Washington state public affairs broadcaster. The broadcast time is still to be determined, but it will be available on most Washington cable systems, and on the Web at www.tvw.org.
Senator Edwards’ presentation on "America, The Land of Opportunity" will illustrate his belief that opportunity is the birthright of every American. He will also discuss the importance of providing quality education to children, combating poverty, and strengthening national security. Senator Edwards believes that it is our responsibility as a society to offer options that will help every man, woman, and child attain the American Dream. [Source]
Unless of course you’re an unborn child in the womb. Nice going Gonzaga for a school "informed by our humanistic, Jesuit, and Catholic traditions and values."
“The series is underwritten by Seattle attorneys Paul and Lita Luvera, both Gonzaga Law School graduates and partners in The Luvera Law Firm.”
I agree with the principle of so-called Catholic institutions not honoring morally objectionable politicians, but at least it is being paid for by an outside party. Does that make it okay?
“Lita Luvera also serves on the Gonzaga University Board of Regents.”
Do they need to kick her off the Board? Chances are she has a lot of clout in the Democratic party if she can get a senator to speak at her event. How can you expect a school to maintain its status and prestige if you won’t even deal with sinful people at all?
I don’t know the answer to these, I’m just playing the devil’s advocate, and interested in your responses.
To many catholics, Sen. Edwards’ message is the gospel, according to their priorities. Social justice issues are primary, while anything dealing sexuality, particularly with a root in Humanae Vitae , is to be roundly ignored. Red Guy in a Blue State has an interesting blarticle about the blue-state catholics’ thinking here: http://jphilip.typepad.com/redguybluestate/2005/12/exremist_cathol.html
Actually, Gonzaga has actually been fairly tough of late (as compared to many other Catholic colleges) in keeping out this sort of thing. Their very orthodox Jesuit president Fr. Spitzer was even labeled a “Nazi” in a headline in the local paper a few years back in the wake of keeping out some pro-abort group from speaking.
With all due respect, I don’t see this as a major issue. The college is not granting him an honorary degree or title nor is he receiving communion (a grave scandal) even if he were Catholic. He is presenting his views (doubt if any topic contrary to Catholic teaching will be addressed) on a given subject. I do not believe that Edwards speaking at this event would in anyway lend support to the pro-abortion camp or undermine the Church’s teaching.
On another fight for proper sexual values, my modest hometown is involved in a fight to clean up the vulgar Victoria’s Secret display in the local mall. The display is directl across from a children’s Build-a-Bear store!
Please sign the petition and spread the word!
The Lancaster community thanks you!
Should we call it “No Born Child Left Behind”?
I would think this IS a major issue, since a lot (not all) of young people these days have been taught to react rather than think. Come 2008, they may react “Edwards? Didn’t he talk at our school? Why don’t we vote for him?” Another way to look at it is that when you don’t have respect for life, especially the unborn, it tends to color *everything* you talk about.