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  • Enda Kenny Receives Standing Ovation at BC Commencement

    5/22/2013 5:04:00 PM Posted by Adam Tragone

    EdnaKennyA few weeks ago, we brought you the story from Boston College where the Catholic college extended an invitation to pro-choice Prime Minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny. Not only did the bill start uproar amongst the Irish pro-life leaders, but also within The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts. Per, The Catholic Action League called Kenny's selection "an astonishing, appalling, disgraceful and deplorable act of betrayal." Nonetheless, the speech went on and, as the Boston Globe reports, students ate it up. 

    He earned a standing ovation from the class of 2013, ­assembled on the football field, and the estimated 20,000 guests who filled the bleachers behind them. School officials said past BC commencement speakers have rarely received standing ovations. 

    Kenny, who was also awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree, did not address the controversy that has swirled recent­ly over his appearance at the school. 

    Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley boycotted the ceremony, where for decades the archbishop of Boston has given the benediction, over Kenny's support of a measure that would permit abortions in cases of a real and substantial threat to the mother's life. O'Malley said US bishops have urged Catholic institutions not to honor government officials who "promote abortion" with their policies.

    The Globe interviewed students about the controversy. One student even told the Globe that he didn't understand what the big deal was by inviting Kenny. What a complete and utter shameful double standard. Where were the students who came to defend Ben Carson at Johns Hopkins, or Robert Zoellick at Swathmore or Rev. Kevin Johnson at Morehouse? (Granted, Rev. Morehouse was ultimately given the chance to deliver the sermon at the school's commencement ceremonies, but nonetheless was dropped from giving the commencement speech). Those three had their invitations revoked because of their beliefs. But when someone has a personal belief directly incongruous with the school's AND as long as it's not a conservative position, it's given the green light and downplayed."This clearly violates the teachings of the Catholic Church. BC is hosting a speaker who violates the school’s own stance,” Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, told the Globe. 

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