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Law School's Award to Supreme Court Justice Spurs Protest
Law ^ | October 28, 2008

Posted on 10/28/2008 6:01:37 AM PDT by NYer

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in New York is among those criticizing Fordham University for giving an award to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, a supporter of abortion rights.

A spokesman for the New York Archdiocese said Cardinal Edward Egan was surprised to learn Breyer would receive an award from Fordham's law school and has spoken to the Catholic university's leaders to ensure "that a mistake of this sort will not happen again."

Spokesman Joseph Zwilling said Monday that Egan was talking about Breyer's votes on the Court in favor of abortion rights.

The protest against Breyer is being led by the Cardinal Newman Society, a Virginia-based conservative Catholic group.

Breyer is scheduled to receive the Fordham-Stein Ethics Prize Wednesday at a dinner in New York. Past recipients include state and federal judges who also support abortion rights.

More than 1,100 Fordham alumni and others have signed a petition to the university administration calling for the reward to be revoked, the Cardinal Newman Society said on its Web site.

The petition specifically cites Breyer's majority opinion in a 2000 case that struck down a Nebraska law banning a procedure that abortion opponents call partial-birth abortion, as well as Breyer's dissent in a 2007 case that upheld a federal law banning the same procedure.

Breyer and the law school did not immediately respond to requests for comment Monday.

Egan has previously criticized Catholic elected officials and candidates who support abortion rights. Zwilling said this is the first instance he is aware of in which Egan has spoken out against giving an award to someone over the issue of abortion. In addition, Breyer is not himself Catholic; he is Jewish.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortion; breyer; catholic; egan; fordham; ny; nyc; prolife; scotus

Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama (R) and Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (L) shake hands, as His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan watches, at the 2008 Alfred E. Smith dinner in New York October 16, 2008. (Jim Young/Reuters)
1 posted on 10/28/2008 6:01:37 AM PDT by NYer
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2 posted on 10/28/2008 6:02:09 AM PDT by NYer ("Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ." - St. Jerome)
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One more reason why my alma mater gets zip from me.

3 posted on 10/28/2008 6:03:26 AM PDT by Salvey
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4 posted on 10/28/2008 6:37:38 AM PDT by Neverforget01
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Breyer also thinks the Constitution is outdated and needs to be reworked. Heard him on FNC one day last year, and I couldn’t believe he said it so openly.

5 posted on 10/28/2008 6:44:26 AM PDT by maryz
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Cardinal Egan has been unequivically pro-life throughout his long career.

Shaking hands with someone at a dinner and a Catholic University like Fordham giving an award to Breyer are not equivalent.

6 posted on 10/28/2008 1:54:43 PM PDT by Cincinna (THERE IS STILL TIME!. CHANGE IS COMING! MCCAIN * PALIN '08)
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