…Based on information in a 1997 “Good Morning America” report on infertility, D’Arcy said he believed Snyderman holds views on abortion he finds unacceptable – and incompatible with those of the Catholic Church.
On Wednesday, D’Arcy said he never asked or suggested Snyderman be dropped from commencement, only that he would not attend.
Snyderman was stunned by Kriss’ decision and said D’Arcy took the news report out of scientific context.
If that is true then why has she not come out and said that she is totally against abortion to set the record straight? This defense seems pretty weak. If someone had accused me unjustly of being for abortion I sure would want to set the record straight with the truth.
The university erred by scheduling people with different views to speak on the same podium, Kriss said.
So if Bishop D’Arcy had not been invited then Snyderman speaking would have been OK?
D’Arcy was to receive an honorary degree and make brief remarks, as is U.S. Rep. Mark Souder, R-3rd District.
“We did not research the situation to the extent we should have, and I take full responsibility for this mistake,” Kriss said. The university will develop better procedures in the future.
Kriss apologized to Snyderman and D’Arcy.
“I want everyone to know that our action, although necessary for the university, was not directed at her personally,” Kriss said.