Skip to comments.Catholic school reinstates lunch with Granholm ( abortion )
Posted on 02/18/2003 7:46:29 AM PST by miltonim
Catholic school reinstates lunch with Granholm
The Associated Press 2/18/03 7:40 AM
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- A Catholic school that rejected a donation by Gov. Jennifer Granholm over her support of abortion rights says it wants the gift after all.
Granholm is Catholic and says she opposes abortion but supports freedom of choice. The Catholic church opposes legalized abortion.
The governor had offered to have lunch at the Capitol with the winner of an auction Saturday supporting Mercy High School.
The all-girls school at first accepted the offer but reversed itself after some parents and alumnae complained.
Now, Mercy says it has changed its mind a second time and decided to accept Granholm's offer, The Oakland Press of Pontiac, Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News reported Tuesday.
The suburban Detroit school issued a statement Monday saying that the administration and trustees reconsidered the decision during the weekend.
"Our consideration last week to withdraw the item took into account the sensitivity of the issue and its potential impact on the welfare of our students," the statement said. "The topic has provoked much discussion and debate.
"We believe that providing Mercy students and mothers with the chance to meet with Gov. Granholm is a valuable educational opportunity and fully consistent with our school's philosophy, mission and values."
Granholm said Monday night that she was happy to provide the lunch and hopes the "few detractors" will respect Mercy's decision.
"I am and have always been supportive of Mercy High School," Granholm said in a news release. "It is unfortunate that a few people have been successful in putting that great institution in a difficult position."
A date for the lunch has not been set.
Members of the Stop Granholm Church and Truth Project have continually protested Granholm's support of abortion rights.
On Monday, it called on Detroit Cardinal Adam Maida to overturn the decision.
"We hope Cardinal Maida will take a courageous stand," the group's director, Monica Migliorino-Miller of South Lyon, said in a news release. "A Catholic school should not champion just any women. Racist women shouldn't be honored and neither should pro-abortion politicians" who flout Catholic teachings.
Megan Myers, a 17-year-old senior at Mercy, said she was pleased by the latest turn in the school's policy.
"It's good that it's back on. It's great that somebody now is going to have an opportunity to have lunch with such an intelligent woman," she said.
But 1975 graduate Rosemarie Denton expressed disappointment and said she will not send her daughter, a seventh-grader, to the school.
"Apparently the liberals have taken over, and they can have it," Denton said. "When you say you're a Catholic school, then you should abide by the teachings of the Catholic church."
Opponents said they would picket Saturday's auction, titled "A Night with the Stars."
Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved.
What we need here is parents, more than one, to cancel their plans to send their children to this school.
Most of these parochial schools only "go for the money". I know this personally. Here in CT, they catered to the state in the hopes of gettitng voucher money. They took Christian text books out of the curiculum in favor of secular text. We now home school for exactly this reason.
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This is rich. OK. Here's my position. I'm opposed to murder, but believe a killer has the freedom to choose whether someone else can live. There. Next question?
How can she get away with this kind of nonsense?
As my Mom would say, in or out, the air conditioner's on.
I'm not Catholic, but I'm so encouraged to see that members and leaders of this great church body are standing up to political thugs like this who can't tell the truth.
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