Catholic School Grads Hear Fewer Pro-Choice Speakers

Pols run afoul of tightening rules
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2008 2:53 PM CDT
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., talks with co-founder of Microsoft Bill Gates before the start of commencement ceremonies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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(Newser) – Catholic universities are increasingly leaving pro-choice politicians off their lists of possible commencement speakers and honorary-degree recipients, reports the Boston Globe. John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy, and other Catholic pols who don’t hew to the church's party line, especially on abortion, find themselves sidelined as the 225 American Catholic schools bow to pressure from the Vatican and some US clerics.

“I call it truth in advertising," said the bishop of Worcester, Mass. "Why would you honor a person, whether Catholic or non-Catholic, that has publicly contradicted the positions of the church?”