Pro-Abortion Political Activist to Speak at Xavier (LA) Commencement and Receive Honor

Xavier University in New Orleans, a Catholic institution, has announced plans to honor pro-abortion political commentator and activist Donna Brazile at commencement on May 9, 2009. “Given New Orleans Archbishop Alfred Hughes’ strong conemnation of Notre Dame’s honor of pro-abortion President Barack Obama, it is surprising and saddening that Xavier University would honor a prominent figure opposed to Catholic moral teachings,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society, whose petition at has surpassed 263,000 supporters. Most U.S. bishops speaking and writing publicly against the decision of the University of Notre Dame to honor and host President Barack Obama at commencement have cited the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ 2004 statement “Catholics in Political Life” as support for their position.