Skip to comments.New Orleans Archbishop to Boycott Xavier U. Commencement Honoring Pro-Abort Catholic
Posted on 04/24/2009 1:29:22 PM PDT by wagglebee
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, April 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes of New Orleans has made public his letter to the Xavier University of Louisiana, announcing that he will boycott the university's May 9 commencement exercises, in order to protest the selection of pro-abortion "Catholic" political activist Donna Brazile as the featured speaker and honoree.
Archbishop Hughes is also opposing the University of Notre Dame's decision to honor the staunchly pro-abortion President Obama at commencement, a decision condemned by at least 46 U.S. bishops and over 333,000 petitioners.
"It is with regret that I make the decision not to participate in the Commencement Exercises this year at Xavier University in light of the university's decision to invite Ms. Donna Brazile to be the Commencement speaker and receive an honorary degree," wrote Archbishop Hughes in the letter to Xavier University president Norman Francis Wednesday.
Archbishop Hughes, like the majority of bishops who have decried the Notre Dame scandal, cited the 2004 directive by the U.S. Bishops Conference which states: "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."
While the archbishop acknowledged Brazile's good work serving the poor and the African American community, he said that "her public statements on the abortion issue are not in keeping with Catholic moral teaching."
In her work as a political activist, Brazile has consistently championed the cause of contraception and abortion. The manager of former Vice President Al Gore's presidential election campaign in 2000, Brazile supported President Obama's repeal of the Mexico City Policy, which had prevented U.S. foreign aid from funding international abortion giants.
"The Catholic Church stands in support of all of those who want to serve and plead for the poor and vulnerable in our midst," wrote Hughes. "This, however, must include those who are most vulnerable in their mother's wombs."
He notes that Xavier was founded by Saint Katherine Drexel and offers prayers that the university "will be faithful to that legacy in every way including respect and protection of all human life."
In an email to the Times-Picayune, Brazile said, "As a lifelong devoted Catholic, I am sorry the archbishop will boycott this celebration of the class of 2009.
"I will remain faithful to the Catholic Church and my Christian faith which keeps me grounded."
"Catholic universities have a serious responsibility to uphold the Catholic identity with which they are entrusted," said Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, in response to the archbishop's decision. "Catholics nationwide will be grateful to Archbishop Hughes for his defense of Xavier's Catholic mission."
To contact Xavier University of Louisiana:
Norman C. Francis, President
Xavier University Of Louisiana
1 Drexel Drive
New Orleans , LA 70125
phone: (504) 486-7411 (ext. 7541 or 7539)
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The scandal is that all these “life -long” Catholics seem to belong to another faith.
Almost a thousand years ago, the “Ad abolendam” was issued to confront any number of heresies that plagued Europe. Today, however, a different approach should be considered, and a Holy Order tasked with a mission of education, to begin in the Americas and to continue throughout the world.
The concept is that many of the faithful have been confused and led astray by the secular world. The powerful enticements of materialism, philosophies, sexual excess, and dehumanism have lured them from the teachings of the church.
The sad fact is that many who call themselves Catholic have long been outside of the faith entirely. When summoned to return they will not, and despise the teachings of the church. So such a program of education is as much to divorce such people from any nominal embrace of the church, as it is to redeem those whose only failure is having been led astray.
That this be done by a Holy Order is so that the sheer number of teachers may meet with each and every person who number themselves among the Catholics, that each may have their say of their beliefs, and be taught if in variance.
Then, if the refuse the teachings and are stubborn, they will know that they are no longer Catholic. But if their beliefs are true, or they are willing to change to embrace the truth, they will once again be returned to the path.
I would say that it should start in Europe, but much of it is beyond hope, there is still hope in America (if Evangelicalism can thrive here, the Church can too).
I am really tired of these diocesan bishops passing the buck and giving lip service.
Sure, the bishop can’t stop the invitation or the commencement, but he can forbid the mass associated with it. That would send a very strong message.
It’s about time for a new inquisition.
Time to censure these individuals and the institutions they are causing scandal.
It’s an epidemic of pastoral spine stiffening, I tell ya!
I was thinking of Europe as well. However, the Americas would be a good place to fine tune such a program. Once in Europe, there is a good chance of government interference.
So now we have
Obama at Notre Dame
Biden at Georgetown __ (I think that is where he is speaking.)
Donna Brazile at Xavier University of Louisiana
When will this nonsense stop?