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Speaker for Catholic graduation disinvited because he supports gay marriage
Columbus Dispatch ^ | 6/7/2013 | Josh Jarman

Posted on 06/08/2013 6:24:42 AM PDT by markomalley

A local politician says he was asked to step aside as the commencement speaker at a Catholic high school in Columbus because he has been an advocate for same-sex marriage rights.

Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady offered the explanation yesterday after a parent told The Dispatch he had failed to show up at Saturday’s graduation at Bishop Ready High School on the Hilltop.

O’Grady, a 1982 Ready graduate, said Principal Celene Seamen asked him to give the speech about two months ago, but he was told last week that he would not be needed. He said he was told that the decision came from Columbus Bishop Frederick Campbell and was based on the commissioner’s co-chairmanship of the Freedom to Marry initiative, which supports overturning the state’s ban on gay marriage.

O’Grady was asked to serve on the initiative more than a year ago, and his political views on gay marriage have been public for much longer.

He said he was disheartened because he had been looking forward to talking to the graduates, many of whom were children of students with whom he had attended the school more than 30 years ago.

“I am sad that I wasn’t able to give a commencement speech at my alma mater,” O’Grady said. “I was very much looking forward to it.”

Seamen and diocesan spokesman George Jones did not respond to repeated calls and emails seeking comment.

The decision to revoke O’Grady’s invitation came less than three months after the diocese fired a gay physical-education teacher at Bishop Watterson High School in Clintonville. The firing came after the teacher, Carla Hale, had the name of her partner published in a newspaper obituary.

The Catholic Church considers any sex outside marriage between one man and one woman to be immoral. Regarding the Hale matter, Campbell has said it is his responsibility to maintain the Catholic identity of the institutions under his purview.

Bob Bair, whose two daughters attend Bishop Ready, said he heard rumors in the days leading up to the ceremony that the commissioner would not be attending.

One of his daughters, who will be a senior this fall, attended the commencement and told him that the program still listed O’Grady as the speaker. Students were told by Seamen that something had come up and the commissioner would not be able to speak.

Seamen gave the speech herself.

Bair said it was out of character for O’Grady to miss an event that obviously would mean a lot to him.

“He doesn’t schedule things and then blow them off,” said Bair, who attended Ready with O’Grady. “I knew it must have been some serious issue.”

Bair said O’Grady has been a proactive member of the alumni community at Ready, contributing to school fundraisers and sponsoring sports teams even though his own children attend other schools.

He said the commissioner gave a well-received speech to National Honor Society inductees in the school’s chapel last fall.

O’Grady said that he didn’t blame school officials. “I’m very appreciative of their invitation,” he said.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda; johnogrady; moralabsolutes
Good for Bishop Campbell!


1 posted on 06/08/2013 6:24:42 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley
He said he was disheartened because he had been looking forward to talking to the graduates, many of whom were children of students with whom he had attended the school more than 30 years ago.


2 posted on 06/08/2013 6:27:22 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: markomalley
Speaker for Catholic graduation disinvited because he supports gay homosexual marriage,

A giant step in the right direction.

3 posted on 06/08/2013 6:27:48 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: markomalley

Yay Catholics!


4 posted on 06/08/2013 6:28:21 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: narses; little jeremiah; NYer

ping


5 posted on 06/08/2013 6:28:48 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley; netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...
the decision came from Columbus Bishop Frederick Campbell

You beat me to the bishop's spine graphic! He has definitely earned it.

6 posted on 06/08/2013 6:35:21 AM PDT by NYer ( "Run from places of sin as from the plague."--St John Climacus)
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To: markomalley
Please keep Bishop Campbell in your prayers. The diocese fired a lesbian teacher last month and some are pushing for diocesan decision makers to spend time in jail because of it.
7 posted on 06/08/2013 6:41:23 AM PDT by PeevedPatriot
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To: markomalley

Let all of us keep this bishop in our daily prayers. ;-)


8 posted on 06/08/2013 6:41:52 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: markomalley

Nice to see them doing the right thing.


9 posted on 06/08/2013 6:46:11 AM PDT by boycott (CAL)
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To: markomalley

and so...... ?

Can’t Catholic high schools find speakers who sustain the values of their institutions?

How about that Raven’s football player who blew off the hypocrite obama for “God Blessing” planned parenthood!


10 posted on 06/08/2013 6:48:20 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: markomalley

11 posted on 06/08/2013 7:09:13 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: markomalley

yes, but he needs to his homework - should never have asked this guy to start with.


12 posted on 06/08/2013 7:14:57 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks markomalley.


13 posted on 06/08/2013 7:21:41 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: markomalley
Slowly and painfully, the Catholic Church's effort to de-radicalize its personnel is starting to pay off. It started with Pope Benedict, but it takes time for the HMS Titanic, AKA the Catholic Church, to noticeably change its direction.
14 posted on 06/08/2013 7:56:26 AM PDT by Trentamj
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To: elpadre

We’re hearing more and more of these cases, in which there is a collision between the liberal/homosexual agenda, and relgious institutions.

And as we rush to institutionalize homosexual marriage, these conflicts will only continue.

Clearly the tone of this article is that we’re supposed to be liberal, and let the man speak, even though he stands in opposition to Catholic teaching on marriage.

Will churches really be left alone as we adopt homosexual marriage in our civil laws? Some homosexual activists have said that churches will be left alone on this issue. I guess we’ll see.


15 posted on 06/08/2013 8:07:42 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: elpadre
yes, but he needs to his homework - should never have asked this guy to start with.

He didn't. The school principal did.

OTOH, maybe he should do his homework on who he allows to be the principals of his schools.

16 posted on 06/08/2013 8:22:50 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley
O’Grady was asked to serve on the initiative more than a year ago, and his political views on gay marriage have been public for much longer.

Yet, the school failed to educate themselves to that fact.

17 posted on 06/08/2013 8:32:32 AM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: NYer
the decision came from Columbus Bishop Frederick Campbell

Here is another that deserves our support and prayers. Bishop Papricki of Illinois.

18 posted on 06/08/2013 9:42:02 AM PDT by mc5cents (Pray for America)
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To: markomalley

Now that is what I like to see


19 posted on 06/08/2013 9:45:02 AM PDT by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: Trentamj
It started with Pope Benedict,(sic)

That will come as news to Arius, Nestorian, Montanus and Berengarius amongst many, many others.


20 posted on 06/08/2013 10:18:07 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: markomalley

One for God’s side! How did that slip past?


21 posted on 06/08/2013 10:22:23 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("There can be no dialogue with the prince of this world." -- Francis)
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To: mc5cents; markomalley

This is something about Catholicism that I do not understand.

There cannot be a living confirmed Catholic who does not know the teaching of the Church regarding marriage.

How is it possible a) for a proponent of men or women pretending marriage to be INVITED to address a Catholic assembly, b) for the obviously necessary correction to be a surprise, c) and to be an occasion for Catholics to OBJECT?

Catholics are free to leave, right? I don’t get it.


22 posted on 06/08/2013 10:26:46 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: Jim Noble

Yes, Catholics can leave if they don’t want to live according to the Catholic faith.

Many “Catholics” believe that they know better than the Church so they remain and try to change things instead of leaving and living their beliefs somewhere else.

Because you are trying to understand the actions of these elitist, emotion-based CINOs through reasoning, you will be frustrated unless you understand that they don’t want to be Catholic; they want to win.


23 posted on 06/08/2013 10:50:22 AM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless America)
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To: Jim Noble

I don’t understand your question. Catholics are free to leave what exactly? The church? To become Presbyterians? What?


24 posted on 06/08/2013 10:53:37 AM PDT by mc5cents (Pray for America)
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To: Jim Noble
Soetoro is free to leave the United States yet he is intent on destroying it from within.

Same thing with the Church. Lots of goats among the sheep in need of a vigilant shepherd to remove them from the flock.

25 posted on 06/08/2013 11:16:32 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: Jim Noble
Catholics are free to leave, right? I don’t get it.

If one is baptized Catholic, one will remain so, barring excommunication. Many Catholics decided long ago to believe whatever they wanted to believe, but still consider themselves Catholic, and want the Church to change to suit THEIR beliefs.

Ain't happenin.

26 posted on 06/09/2013 6:04:15 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: A.A. Cunningham
Perhaps my reference to Pope Benedict XVI did not make it obvious to everybody that I was referring to churchmen who were alive during this millennium, since their efforts would be more timely, not to mention more efficacious. Since, in my naivety, I thought I was speaking to church issues pertinent to the last thousand years, I freely offer my apologies to anyone and everyone that I might have confused century-wise.
27 posted on 06/09/2013 7:38:22 PM PDT by Trentamj
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