Sunday, March 16, 2008

Pope Expected to Hold Catholic Colleges Accountable on Pro-Abortion Speakers

Pope Expected to Hold Catholic Colleges Accountable on Pro-Abortion Speakers
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) --

When he visits the United States next month, Pope Benedict XVI is expected to hold Catholic colleges accountable that have invited pro-abortion speakers to campus. The pontiff has requested an audience with more than 200 top officials from Catholic universities and he is expected to make it clear they need to follow Church teachings.

The Catholic college officials will gather at Catholic University of America where some say the Pope will remind them they shouldn't be giving a platform to politicians and others who back abortions. For pro-life advocates who have complained about the rash of recent pro-abortion speakers on campus -- such as Hillary Clinton at St. Mary's University and St. Peter’s College hosting Barack Obama -- news of a possible rebuke from Pope Benedict is welcome.

Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, a leading watchdog in monitoring Catholic colleges and the speakers they bring, said he's excited about the prospects for a strong admonition from Benedict. "This is something that's been simmering for so long that it's reached a boiling point," he said. He added that several bishops and Vatican officials have indicated the speech will "raise a lot of eyebrows." Full story at LifeNews.com.

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