Commencement 2013: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Commencement 2013 at Catholic colleges and universities included many of the Church’s leaders, a handful of inappropriate speakers, and a scandal that resulted in a Cardinal’s withdrawal at Boston College.

The Good

The Cardinal Newman Society counted at least nine bishops and Cardinals who delivered or are delivering the commencement addresses at Catholic colleges. They included Cardinal Donald Wuerl at Duquesne University; Cardinal Daniel DiNardo at Thomas Aquinas College; Cardinal Sean O’Malley at Regis College of Weston; and Cardinal Timothy Dolan at the University of Notre Dame. In addition, Bishop Edward Slattery spoke at Wyoming Catholic College; Archbishop Jose Gomez spoke at Franciscan University of Steubenville; Archbishop Charles Brown spoke at Christendom College; Archbishop William Lori spoke at Mount St. Mary’s; and Archbishop Peter Sartain spoke at Saint Martin University.

Other good news was that despite pressure from homosexual activists, including a Cincinnati City Councilman to rescind its invitation, Xavier University remained committed to its pro-family commencement speaker, NFL Hall of Famer and former Cincinnati Bengal, Anthony Munoz. Council member Chris Seelbach objected to Munoz’s ties to Citizens for Community Values, an organization that supports traditional marriage.