Per LifeSiteNews.com, The Catholic Action League called Kenny's
selection "an astonishing, appalling, disgraceful and deplorable
act of betrayal."
Even prominent leaders within the American Catholic Church are
condemning the choice.
Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston released a statement explaining
his decision to not attend the ceremony: "Since the university has
not withdrawn the invitation and because the Taoiseach (prime
minister) has not seen fit to decline, I shall not attend the
"Even for a university whose Catholic identity is as compromised
as that of BC, this decision is shameful and dishonorable. Boston
College has gone beyond promoting dissent against Catholic teaching
to giving aid and comfort to the enemies of the Church. Every
faithful Catholic in this country ought to protest against this
odious perfidy," C.J. Doyle, executive director of the Catholic
Action League of Massachusetts, said.
The legislation recently released will allow abortions under a
mental health clause for women who threaten suicide known as: "The
Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013." The release created
uproar within the Republic and a divide within Prime Minister
Kenny's party. Even Ireland's Life Institute's Niamh Uí Bhriain
believes that BC should withdraw the invitation from the keynote,
according to an interview with LifeSiteNews.
It doesn't seem like the school will be revoking the invitation.
Nicole is a Sarah T. Hermann Intern Scholar at Young America's Foundation and attends Mary Washington College.