A controversial commencement speaker at Boston College decried by the prolife movement as an abortion proponent was welcomed with open arms at the Catholic institution’s graduation ceremony Monday, receiving a standing ovation and an honorary degree after his address to the Class of 2013.
Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny – who has introduced a bill that essentially legalizes abortion – gave the keynote address as planned, this despite protests leading up to his appearance by a coalition of prolife groups, as well as a prayer vigil during the ceremony.
Even the Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, boycotted the commencement due to Kenny, noting in a statement about the pending legislation in Ireland that: “The Irish Bishops have responded to that development by affirming the Church’s teaching that ‘the deliberate decision to deprive an innocent human being of life is always morally wrong’ and expressed serious concern that the proposed legislation ‘represents a dramatic and morally unacceptable change to Irish law.’ ”
But apparently, Catholics at Boston College can’t get enough of the Irishman, and have no qualms with his efforts:
The Boston Globe reports:
He earned a standing ovation from the class of 2013, assembled on the football field, and the estimated 20,000 guests who filled the bleachers behind them. School officials said past BC commencement speakers have rarely received standing ovations.
The story went on to quote a few parents and grads who dismissed the controversy as folks just trying to politicize the event.