Sen. John Kerry’s speech at the Catholic University of America has been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.
From a Lifesite article:
Nakas however, explained that a Kerry lecture at CUA would not be a contradiction to the USCCB policy. "Unfortunately, some people are misinterpreting the bishops’ statement on Catholic politicians. We verified with the bishops themselves that the intent of the statement was to refuse a platform to speakers who would be invited to speak on those specific issues for which they hold positions that are at variance with the fundamental moral teachings of the Catholic Church (emphasis in original email).
Nakas continued, "This means, for example, that we would be violating the letter and the intent of the bishops’ statement were we to invite Sen. Kerry to speak on abortion. However, we would not be violating the letter and the spirit of the bishops’ statement were we to permit the College Democrats to invite Sen. Kerry to speak on the environment or the Iraq war."
The Tower had previously reported that Kerry was invited to specifically address the issues of the environment and the Iraq war.
Now what the bishop’s document Catholics in Political Life said was:
The Catholic community and 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.
*emphasis in the original statement.
While the bishops statement can be certainly interpreted in a vague manner the idea that someone can speak on a subject as long as it isn’t one of the fundamental moral principles they violate is rather compartmented. They wouldn’t invite a member of the KKK even if they were an expert on the environment. Or a speaker that supported genocide that was an expert in another subject. This is just part of the attitude where a politician’s 100 percent voting record for abortion and against other life issues is not perceived as all that bad in the first place.
The Kerry lecture would not have been held as an officially school sponsored event. While the administration had to approve the speaker choice, the cost of the event would have been paid by the College Democrats who were to organize and host the lecture. However, funding for the political group comes, at least in part, from a student activity fee that all CUA students are required to pay each year.
The "it is not an officially sponsored school event" dodge is becoming more and more frequently used. This is the educrats version of "plausible deniability."