Fordham University Didn’t Tell Catholic Bishop of Pro-Abortion Graduation Speakers
by Steven Ertelt
May 26, 2009
New York, NY (LifeNews.com) — Fordham University has come under fire from pro-life Catholics over the last couple of weeks for, once again, putting a pro-abortion speaker before its graduating students. Now, a representative Archbishop Timothy Dolan says he wasn’t informed of the problematic commencement speakers.
During Fordham’s May 16 commencement ceremony, university officials presented an honorary degree to pro-abortion New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.
That’s despite the fact that he has pushed abortion as mayor, going as far as requiring medical students to learn how to do abortions.
Meanwhile, pro-abortion Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, spoke to graduates at Fordham’s law school’s graduation event.
NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw was Fordham’s commencement speaker for undergraduates and he, too, supports abortion and has been repeatedly condemned over the years for exhibiting a pro-abortion bias on air.
Now, Joseph Zwilling, the New York archdiocesan director of communications, told Catholic News Service that Fordham officials never informed Archbishop Dolan that the university planned to give Bloomberg an honorary degree.
He also told CNS that Dolan was not informed that two abortion advocates would be given a platform to speak to students, which directly contradicts the guidelines the nations Catholic bishops put forward in 2004 asking Catholic colleges to not allow speakers who oppose Catholic pro-life teachings.
That Fordham University would honor an abortion advocate and choose such an activist as commencement speaker is nothing new.
Last year, Cardinal Edward Egan criticized the school for presenting an ethics award to pro-abortion Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.
William Michael Treanor, dean of Fordham Law, said in a statement on the college web site announcing the award that Justice Breyer has devoted his life to the public good."
"As a jurist, his opinions have been marked by thoughtfulness, balance, rigor, and a commitment to justice and liberty," he said.
Justice Breyer wrote the majority opinion in the 2000 case striking down state laws banning partial-birth abortions.
Fordham honored pro-abortion Ruth Bader Ginsburg with the same prize in 2001.
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