Catholic Pro-Life Group Upset Cabrini College Awards Pro-Abortion Cokie Roberts

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 6, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Catholic Pro-Life Group Upset Cabrini College Awards Pro-Abortion Cokie Roberts

by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 6
, 2009

Radnor, PA ( — Cabrini College, a Catholic educational institute, is drawing guffaws from pro-life advocates upset that it recently bestowed an award on pro-abortion journalist Cokie Roberts. The school honored Roberts with its Ivy Young Willis Award for outstanding contributions in public affairs.

However, Cardinal Newman Society president Patrick Reilly told there is nothing outstanding about advocating abortion.

Reilly criticized the award noting that “Cokie Roberts is an outspoken antagonist of Pope Benedict XVI, a supporter of embryonic stem-cell research, and a detractor of the partial-birth abortion ban and the pro-life movement.”

Last week, Reilly’s group faxed a letter to Cabrini College president Dr. Marie Angelella George strongly urging her to revoke the award offer to Roberts. He tells he never received a response.

He says the college’s actions violate a clear directive of the American Catholic bishops in 2004. Then, they approved a document asking Catholic educational institutions not to give a platform to abortion advocates.

“The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions," they said.

Roberts, who is Catholic herself, a political commentator for ABC News and a senior news analyst for National Public Radio, has ridiculed pro-lifers as “extremists" in a syndicated column with husband Steve Roberts.

In an April 2007 segment for ABC News, she said she found the Supreme Court decision upholding the ban on partial-birth abortion “offensive as a woman.”

The Roberts’ have also been critical of Catholic teaching against embryonic stem-cell research.

“The potential benefits of stepped-up research far outweigh the moral hazard of destroying the embryos,” they wrote in June of 2004.

Roberts has also publicly attacked Pope Benedict XVI as “really lacking in the theological virtue of charity.” In another column with her husband she argued that the authority of the Catholic bishops has been significantly weakened, in part because of the teaching on contraception.

Reilly responded: “If the authority of the bishops has been weakened, perhaps it is because prominent Catholics are undermining the faith."

ACTION: Contact Cabrini College president Dr. Marie George at (610) 902-8200 or by email at [email protected]

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