Catholic Trinity University Under Fire for Promoting Pro-Abortion Politicians

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 30, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 30,

Washington, DC ( — Trinity University in Washington, D.C. is coming under fire from pro-life advocates for continuing to extol two of its pro-abortion alumnae, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius. Both politicians are Catholic but both have strongly supported abortions and resisted opportunities to protect life.

The Cardinal Newman Society told on Wednesday that Trinity University featured Sebelius’s Democratic response to President Bush’s State of the Union address on Monday.

Trinity President Patricia McGuire attended the speech, which pro-life advocates applauded for Bush’s opposition to embryonic stem cell research and human cloning, as Pelosi’s special guest.

CNS also says the college posts web site profiles of Sebelius, including a 2006 news release announcing her selection as head of the Democratic Governors Association, and a news release on TIME Magazine naming her a top governor.

"But nowhere on the Trinity web site is Sebelius’s support for abortion mentioned," Patrick Reilly, the president of the group, told
“It runs contrary to the very purpose of a Catholic university to applaud the pursuit of power for gravely immoral ends,” Reilly explained. “By deliberately associating itself with vocal advocates of what Pope John Paul II called a ‘Culture of Death,’ Trinity University has taken the low road.”

Instead of letting web site readers know that Sebelius has been billed the most pro-abortion governor in America by pro-life advocates in Kansas, it features comments from Pelosi calling her “an amazing political leader."

In 2003, Trinity honored Pelosi and Sebelius with honorary doctorates at a gala dinner, Reilly explained.

Trinity endured a barrage of criticism from pro-life groups when it hosted a special Mass for Pelosi on January 3, the day before she was sworn in as Speaker of the House.

Worse still, the celebrant of the Mass requested by Pelosi was Jesuit Father Robert Drinan, a former member of Congress who had supported abortion and defended President Bill Clinton’s veto of a bill to ban partial-birth abortion.

Of Sebelius’s pro-abortion views, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City said in September 2006, “It is difficult to find a single instance, either in a procedural or substantive vote, where she acted in a manner that would afford unborn children the maximum protection."

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