HOLYOKE – The St. Patrick’s Parade Committee will suspend its long-standing tradition of having the Roman Catholic bishop present its highest award after learning that the honoree supports abortion rights.
Thomas J. Ridge, who served from 2001 to 2005 as the nation’s first chief of homeland security, still is slated to receive this year’s John F. Kennedy Award, which honors someone of Irish heritage for distinguished achievement.
But, when Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell of the Springfield Diocese voiced his objections to Ridge, the parade committee agreed that its president, David J. O’Connor, will make the presentation.
Thank you Bishop McDonnell for your stand against a pro-abortion Catholic politician. Unfortunately for Ridge he did not care that the terror alert level for children in the womb was always maxed out. That everyday we murder as many children through abortion as killed on 9-11.