Manassas, Va. – Bishop William Lori of the Bridgeport Diocese, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sacred Heart University (SHU), will boycott the university’s Discovery Awards and Scholarship Dinner on April 22 because it will honor Kerry Kennedy, a pro-abortion Catholic, the Fairfield County Catholic reports. The bishop also expressed his disapproval of the University of Notre Dame’s decision to honor and host President Obama at commencement.
“The nearly quarter million people who have signed the petition opposing Notre Dame’s honoring of an abortion rights supporter will be thankful for Bishop Lori’s public boycott of Sacred Heart University,” said Patrick Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society. “SHU and all Catholic colleges must learn from the mistakes at Notre Dame, where defiance toward the U.S. bishops’ speakers and honorees policy has provoked outrage from Catholics nationwide.”
Sacred Heart University is a Catholic university located in Fairfield, CT. The university will honor Kerry Kennedy at its 20th Annual Discovery Awards and Scholarship Dinner on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 in Old Greenwich, CT. Bishop Lori was an honoree at the 2004 dinner.
The Fairfield County Catholic reports that “Bishop Lori indicated that he will neither support nor attend Sacred Heart University’s Discovery Awards and Scholarship Dinner on April 22 because it will honor Kerry Kennedy, a longtime Catholic pro-choice activist.”
Kerry Kennedy has a personal commitment to supporting abortion rights. According to the Connecticut Post¸ she “has disagreed with the Catholic [C]hurch’s stance on many issues, including abortion, stem cell research and gay marriage.”
Do they have a booking agency for pro-abortion Catholics for commencements and awards for Catholic universities? It seems that way at times.